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Engineer Requests NEXO STM Line Array for Legendary Canadian Artist

January 24, 2018

Three Yamaha CL5 Digital Consoles Used for Concert

Gold and platinum selling artist Ginette Reno is a Canadian author, composer, singer, and actress receiving nominations for the Genie Awards, Gemini Awards, and is a multi-recipient of the Juno Awards.

Renowned front of house engineer, Sylvain Gingras, specifically requested a NEXO STM line array for Reno’s classical performance held at the Centre Videotron in Quebec City in late November. Her performance was backed by 57 orchestral musicians, with six additional musicians from Reno’s band along with three background singers. Pascalin Raynault, the son of Ginette Reno, conducted the performance.

The NEXO STM system was provided by Omnison, QC and included six per side STM S118s (top) for the main PA and fifteen STM M46 B112s per side with an additional nine STM M28s for side rows. Four PS15R2s was used for front fill with twelve S118 subs ground stacked.

The NEXO monitor system included six 45-N12 stage monitors, four PS15R2 speakers and eight PS8s. The system was completely powered by NEXO NUAR/Nemo amplification and Dante networking, a Yamaha DME-64 digital mix engine with MY16-AUD cards, and six Yamaha SWP1-16 L2 network switches.

Three Yamaha CL5 Digital Audio Consoles were used, two at the front of house position, the first used for orchestra mixes and the second for orchestra mix, the pop section, vocals, and effects. Reno’s production company purchased two CL5s and three Rio 3224-D input/output boxes. The third CL5, provided by Omnison, was used as the monitor console, with mixes by Pierre Du Berger, sound engineer on tour with Reno and also on staff at Omnison. A fourth Rio-3224-D was also provided by Omnison. All Rio boxes were used for patching of 93 microphone inputs on stage.

“I am very familiar with Yamaha consoles, states Gingras. “They have always been my choice for Madame Reno concerts since the beginning of my collaboration with her more than ten years ago.”

Gingras said he has had the opportunity to work with Omnison staff on other productions as a freelance PA tech and sound engineer and has used all of the NEXO systems they own from GEO D and GEO T, to GEO S and now STM with various configurations. He received the last complete STM System Training Certification by the NEXO team two weeks prior to the concert.

“I was already completely convinced that the NEXO STM could be the best system for this magical night, Gingras said. All my expectations have been met. The precision of the M46 and B112 gave me the same capabilities to mix this large venue as if I was in a small concert hall. The sound of the powerful voice of Mme. Reno was diffused perfectly, and I was able to literally envelope each of the eight thousand spectators present in the venue. This system will certainly be my first choice for all of my future projects.”

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