John McLaughlin, PRG Systems Tech and RF specialist at the Yamaha PM5DV2 front of house position on the Today Show Concert Series Plaza. New York (October 17, 2007)-- The Today Show on NBC is known for its concert series, which is running through the end of November this year. To get an idea of the level of artists on board with the show, consider that October featured everyone from Robert Plant to the Backstreet Boys. Helping make the concerts happen is Production Resource Group (PRG) New York, which has been supplying two Yamaha PM5D digital sound reinforcement consoles to the series.
As for the decision to switch from analog consoles used at the beginning of this year's concert series to the PM5D, PRG's John McLaughlin, systems tech and RF specialist, said it was based on clients' needs. "We recognized that more and more bands are now using digital consoles and have been getting requests for the Yamaha PM5D for both front of house and monitors," states McLaughlin. "The PM5D seems to be the standard in today's monitor mixing console selection, not to mention that it has amazing control capabilities and minimizes the amount of processing racks that would be needed with any analog desk."
"The PM5D has smaller foot print, and as an engineer, space often becomes an issue," notes McLaughlin. "Also, any band on the show can have their engineer come in with a PCI card and within minutes, they are at the starting point for the show."
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.