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ACIR Pro Supports Bennett’s 85th Birthday Bash at The Met With Yamaha PM5D–EX System

October, 2011

Sold–Out Crowd Flocks to The Met to Celebrate Tony Bennet's Birthday

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Founded in 1883 and now in its 128th season, The Metropolitan Opera is the vibrant home for talented singers, conductors, composers, orchestra musicians, and dancers from around the world. Known as the venue for the world’s greatest voices, The Met recently hosted the 85th birthday celebration of legendary singer, Tony Bennett. Singing at The Met was not only the singer’s birthday gift to himself, but to the sold–out crowd that flocked to the 3800–seat venue’s Lincoln Center address. Guest artists included Elton John, Aretha Franklin, and Alejandro Sanz.

ACIR Professional (Egg Harbor Township, N.J.) provided the audio necessary to reinforce the sound at The Met in order to achieve the live sound to which Mr. Bennett has become accustomed. A Yamaha PM5D–EX was the console of choice for long–time Bennett front of house engineer, Tom Young. Young, whose rider preference is a PM5D, said the 5D–EX DSP5D expander was used as the primary snake with its ease of running a Cat5 cable due to space limitations for a traditional copper snake in the venue. The Met, a long–established opera house, has minimal need for amplified sound.

Tony Bennett’s latest CD, Duets II, was released in September in conjunction with the singer’s 85th birthday and features a celebrated list of artists including Aretha Franklin, Lady Gaga, Amy Winehouse, Michael Buble, Norah Jones, John Mayer, Queen Latifah, Carrie Underwood, and many others.

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