New York (January 24, 2007)–The 2007 Yamaha Commercial Audio Training Seminars (YCATS) are already in full swing, touring the country to teach engineers the ins and outs of Yamaha digital consoles. Training dates already scheduled across the U.S. can be found by visiting www.yamahaca.com/training.
Chris Rankin and the Yamaha PM5D used on the recent Plus 44 tour.It’s not like the desks have a low profile; last year saw a plethora of tours using PM1D, PM5D and M7CL digital consoles, as well as PM5000 and PM4000 analog consoles for front-of-house, monitors or both. Engineers for festivals such as the CMA Music Festival, Roots Rock Reggae Festival, Red Bank Jazz Festival, Good Morning America’s Summer Concert Series and Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival; bands 311, Death Cab for Cutie, Plus 44, Rascal Flatts, Slayer, Tool, Widespread Panic; and artists like Trey Anastasio, Tony Bennett, Phil Collins, David Gray, Elton John, Tom Jones, James Taylor and Roger Waters, all used Yamaha digital and analog consoles.
Long-time Blink 182 engineer Chris ‘Hoover’ Rankin, manning the controls for the newly-formed Plus 44 used a Yamaha PM5D console on their U.S. jaunt, noting, “This is my first use of a digital console on a tour, and all the onboard processing of the PM5D eliminates the need for outboard gear furthering a space savings.” Rankin hadn’t had the chance to attend Yamaha training due to scheduling conflicts, so he credits time spent with engineers at both Rat Sound and Schubert Systems Group for bringing him quickly up to speed.
According to Sandy Battaglia, tour production manager for Tom Jones, the move to Yamaha PM5D digital mixers was both a choice of technology and road logistics. “We had been carrying PM4000s for almost ten years,” said Battaglia, “and it was time to upgrade. Plus, since Tom plays venues ranging from small clubs to large casino showrooms to arenas overseas, the size made perfect sense.”
“The PM5000 reminds me of a circa-1970s studio board,” said Dave Morgan, the engineer responsible for mixing Paul Simon and James Taylor, among others. “Sweet-sounding mic preamps and very smooth EQ–I used to carry outboard preamps, especially to handle the low end of a kick drum, for example. There’s no need for that with the PM5000.”
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