Regina, Canada (January 5, 2015)—This past fall found Canadian county acts The Road Hammers, Doc Walker, and U.S. act Blackjack Billy sharing the bill on the “Bands On The Run” Tour across Canada. Along for the ride was GV Audio of Regina, Canada, which supplied audio production, including two Yamaha CL5 desks, for the journey.
Ian Leary of GV Audio was production manager/front of house engineer for Blackjack Billy and Doc Walker; Scott “Scooter” Findlay served as tour system tech at FOH for the Road Hammers, and Neil Fenske as monitor tech.
Gear consisted of a pair of Yamaha CL5 digital audio consoles, two Yamaha Rio3216-D input/output boxes, a dozen Sennheiser EW300 IEM Systems, four Sennheiser EW500 Handheld Systems and four Shure U4D Handheld Systems.
“We decided on the Yamaha CL5 platform for a few reasons,” said Leary.
“The physical size of the CL5 was a definite bonus along with the reliability of Yamaha products being a huge factor in console choice for the tour. We also could not afford to be opening consoles and resetting ribbon cables every second day.”
Leary also said the need to have a large number of inputs at their fingertips at all times was important. “We used a total of 70 inputs on the tour; and we used a total of 30 outputs to feed IEM’s, wired drum mixes, drum subs, and a couple of wedge mixes.”
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.