Buena Park, CA (July 29, 2014)—The annual Montreal Jazz Festival served up the likes of Earth, Wind & Fire, B.B. King, Tony Bennett, Diana Krall, Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, Terence Blanchard and Nikki Yanofsky, among others. Solotech provided the majority of the audio production for the 30 stages and stacked them with Yamaha digital audio consoles.
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems pitched in for five of the stages: Scene TD, the main outdoor stage, was outfitted with two Yamaha CL5 digital consoles and three Rio-3224D input/output boxes. A pair of CL5s and two Rio-3224Ds were in position at Theatre Maisonneuve, while Lounge Heineken used a QL5 and one Rio-3224D, and Club Soda and Savoy both had new Yamaha QL5 digital audio consoles. The Savoy also used a Rio-3224D.
Front of House engineer, Guy Vincent, an engineer for more than 30 years, used a CL5 at the Maisonneuve Theater to mix Terence Blanchard and others, and he’s currently on tour with Florence K using a CL5.the Yamaha CL5. “The feature I like the most Is the Premium Rack,” he noted. “It is amazing how warm the sound is by activating any of the plug-ins. I also like the custom faders.”
Front of house engineer Richie Forte used his own personal Yamaha LS9-32 console at the Metropolis during the Festival for artist Nikki Yanofsky. “According to my dear friends at Yamaha, my LS9 was one of the very first in eastern Canada, a fact I’m very proud of,” states Forte. “I’ve taken this little workhouse and pushed it beyond its limits. With the use of a fiber optic snake capable of transporting 32X8 of the LS9’s 32X16 i/o, plus one channel of bi-directional high speed EtherSound transport built in, I am able to use the two MY card slots on the LS9 to connect to my two Yamaha SB168-ES stage boxes for a total on stage analog i/o of 64X24.”
Stephane Grimm, who mixed The Jordan Officer Trio and Betty Bonifassi Chants on a new Yamaha QL console at both Club Soda and Club Savoy, remarked, “I was really impressed by the QL, and having the touch screen makes it totally easy to use. The four user layers is a wonderful feature, especially now that you are able to color identify the faders, making it impossible to miss the channel you’re looking for. I also like the fact that it is fully compatible with the CL series, without even having to convert the file.
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.