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Yamaha consoles promote a healthy lifestyle in Italy and Sweden

Aug,2010

Mid-July saw health & lifestyle products company Herbalife hold four day Extravaganzas in Italy and Sweden, with up to 13,000 enthusiastic delegates at each. Featuring high production values, Yamaha digital mixing consoles ensured that the audio side of both events went according to plan.

Staged as part of the company’s lavish 30th anniversary world tour, the four day events took place in Turin’s Palaisozaki Arena and the Stockholm Globe Arena. Each was a mixture of conference, training sessions, team meetings, awards presentations, live entertainment and high profile ‘geeing-up’ for the delegates, a highlight being the company’s own version of Pop Idol. As such, both events required audio rigs which could deliver both clear speech and high quality music to every seat in the house, all at impressive volume levels.

Sussex-based Dimension Audio provided the audio rigs for both shows, with Yamaha digital audio consoles a central feature. With a PM5D-RH positioned at front of house and linked digitally to a DSP5D, plus an LS9-16 and an M7CL-32, the Yamaha gear provided the ‘holy trinity’ of important factors for the entire production - sound quality, flexibility and cast-iron reliability.

“The events are very ‘American’, a curious mix of corporate conference and rock ‘n’ roll,” says Dimension Audio project manager Staf Rowley. “We’re very busy all the time at them, so the reliability of the Yamaha equipment gives us that all-important confidence that things will go smoothly.”

The PM5D did the front of house mix for the entertainment parts of the event, the DSP5D handled all the conference-related radio microphones (12 handhelds and six lavalier), along with audio for the many VT segments, computer-based presentations and other playback elements, plus record feeds.

Meanwhile, the LS9 handled the distribution core feeds, translation feeds and ambient microphones, while the M7CL handled monitors.

“We’ve done these productions before and you have to be prepared for anything,” says Staf. “Everything from a single mic for a speaker to a full rock band - Herbalife tends to change things very quickly, so we can’t leave anything to chance. As it was, this year all the musical entertainment was done to playback tracks, but we didn’t know that until after the get in! But they’re really good guys to work with.”

Using an E-V line array in both venues, the main challenge for the Dimension team was the acoustics of the Globe Arena. “It’s a big echoey dome and not great for audio,” says Staf. “Because the show is very loud and in your face, placement of the line arrays and careful EQing was very important. But the onboard processing of the Yamaha consoles handled it with ease.”

He continues, “Using the PM5D and DSP5D gave us completely separate surfaces for the conference and entertainment parts of the show, but without taking up more space at the mix position.

“Most importantly, the Yamaha equipment is indestructibly reliable. Reliability is what it’s all about and Yamaha consoles just don’t fall over. Given a choice I will always specify them, because they provide total reassurance that they won’t let me down.”

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Products PM5D , M7CL-48 , LS9-16

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