San Diego, CA (October 21, 2016)—Tears For Fears may be best-known for its ambitious pop/rock albums of the Eighties, but the sands of time haven’t stopped the UK duo, which is readying its next album for a 2017 release. In the meantime, the group recently hit the road for a West Coast run, with audio provided by Clearwing Productions (Phoenix, AZ), which in turn drew upon Hi-Tech Audio (Hayward, CA) to supply the tour with a Yamaha Rivage PM10 console.
Clearwing also provided an audio FOH/monitor control package and lighting floor package. “The decision to provide a Yamaha PM10 was at the request of Doug Kimball, the front of house engineer,” said Bruce Eisenberg, account executive for Clearwing.
Kimball was given a brief demo in Las Vegas, and received more training on the new PM10 from Yamaha prior to tour rehearsals. He has used Yamaha digital consoles mostly for corporate dates and a few live shows, but said, “I knew the Yamaha name, console reliability and stable mixing platform. The PM10 is laid out in a very smart ‘engineer-mixer’ style.
“I can grab knobs quickly without having to page through to find what I need. The custom fader banks help me put everything where I want it. And, the Rupert Neve Designs SILK processing is amazing, using the Rupert Neve Designs plug-ins; just by inserting them, added more depth to the audio. People are stunned by the clarity and tonality of my mixes. Even our band mentioned it to me as their friends told them the same thing.”
And finally, Kimball added, “I had a chance to A/B the PM10 against a longtime favorite console. With three shows back to back, the second being the iHeart Festival, it was apparent. The moment I heard the first instrument through the other console, the Yamaha PM10 difference was jawdropping.”