New York, NY (May 30, 2017)—Barry Manilow is on the road behind his new record, This Is My Town: Songs of New York. For the journey, monitor engineers Will Miller and Cameron Manes are using Yamaha RIVAGE PM10 digital audio consoles, with Miller mixing for Manilow and Manes providing mixes for the band. Delicate Productions (Camarillo, CA) is handling production for the tour, and the consoles were provided by Hi-Tech Audio (Hayward, CA).
Miller has mixed Manilow’s monitors for five years. “I've been using Yamaha large format desks almost exclusively since 2004 when I took out a PM1D with Maryland Sound for Josh Groban's first world tour,” said Miller.
Having spent the last “15 years on almost nothing else” but Yamaha 1D and PM5D consoles, Miller looked forward to moving to the RIVAGE PM10: “My main concern with switching consoles was always going to be making the transition seamless for him. I don't want Barry to give up any of his time in rehearsal to work on his monitor sound. Obviously, sticking with Yamaha was a given; not that I have any desire to stray anyway, but it was paramount that the new PM10 console be able to replicate the sound Barry was used to.”
“To this end,” Miller notes, “by far the most reassuring parts of the PM10 were all the ‘Legacy’ EQs, compressors, and effects. I know at some point I will really delve into all the cool options that are built into each channel and the system, but for the time being, it was very important to copy EQ curves and reverb settings that work for Barry’s sound, and having the ability to precisely replicate what I was doing on the PM1D was incredibly reassuring.”
By far the most useful feature Miller said, for him, are all the custom fader banks. “In the past, I was very meticulous about laying out my input list so that channels land in logical groupings on the surface itself. I never understood having all your effects clustered at one end of a console. It makes no sense from a workflow perspective. As such, my drum reverb lands right after my drum channels, my guitar reverb lands after my guitar channels, and so on. Before, that meant lots of odd patching, but now on the RIVAGE PM10, I can just group with custom fader banks in a way that is logical to me and leave the patch however it is physically most convenient. Having the ability to name the banks makes finding things so much simpler. Typically about a week into a tour, I would have a layout memorized so I could grab things instantly, but the PM10 custom faders make this nearly a non-issue.”