The four-tiered, horseshoe-shaped Prudential Theatre, now housing the PM5D-EX, seats 2,750 and is used for a wide range of performing arts, from musical acts such as Sonny Rollins, Chris Botti, Joan Baez, Jennifer Hudson Lang Lang, Yo-Yo Ma, and The New Jersey Symphony to touring Broadway shows. “Familiarity was a major issue when deciding to purchase the PM5D-EX System,” states Paul Allshouse, Head of Audio at NJPAC. “A lot of guest engineers come through our venue, and being able to get engineers up to speed quickly is a must. We also like the onboard effects; we've always used Yamaha effects as outboard units, so it is nice to have them onboard.”
Adding a Yamaha DSP5D Expander to the mix provided NJPAC with many options for various setups. “We seem to reinvent the space with every show,” says Allshouse. “Whether for receptions, special Town Square events or music on stage, the Yamaha system provides us with 96 channels if we need them. We probably need more than 48 channels only a couple of times a year, but the ability to move the stage box around and only use Cat5 to get to it was a big plus.”
Allshouse noted that most of the NJPAC production staff attended Yamaha digital console training, while some were self-taught. “The nice thing about the PM5D is every control is on the surface and you don't need the screen to mix a show, making self-training of those engineers unfamiliar, fast and easy.”
For more information on the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, visit www.njpac.org.
For more information on Masque Sound, visit www.masquesound.com.
For more information on the Yamaha PM5D-EX System, visit www.yamahaca.com.
PHOTO ID: L TO R: Bill Worman, Mario Corrales, Al Betancourt SEATED: Paul Allshouse
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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. With the addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.