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Yamaha CL5 tour debut with Temper Trap

The Australia-based band is the first to take a Yamaha CL5 on tour, as the new line of consoles visits dealerships across the UK and Ireland for an ‘introductory’ roadshow.

The recently-launched Yamaha CL5 went on tour for the first time with Australian indie rockers The Temper Trap. Manning the console was monitor engineer Gabriele Nicotra (pictured), whose work includes mixing FOH for Lostprophets, Ed Sheeran and The Feeling, as well as monitors for Glasvegas, Maximo Park, Biffy Clyro, The Specials, TV’s X Factor and more. “When the console was delivered it was the first time I had seen one, so I was effectively learning it in front of the band,” he said. “But learning is really too strong a word – the CL5 is by far the quickest desk to adapt to I have ever used. Yamaha made a very wise decision in keeping the user interface and layout very similar to the M7CL.” Nicotra also reported during the bands’ UK dates, house engineers mixing monitors for supporting acts were finding the console easy to use: “I supervised them for the first couple of shows, but it was obvious that they were finding it as straightforward as I was. So I just stuck my mobile number to the desk in case they needed me,” he continued. “My phone didn’t ring once and all the in-house engineers who have encountered it so far have loved it.” Meanwhile, the new line of CL consoles is also on tour of their own, with Yamaha dealers across the UK and Ireland hosting a roadshow to give engineers some “hands-on” time with the new desks.