The response to their first Yamaha CL5 Digital Audio Console has been tremendous, so Event Pro, Inc. (Hastings, MN), recently made the decision to purchase a second through Metro Sound & Lighting (St. Paul, MN). Event Pro company owner, Neal Wallace, sights high demand, sound quality, and great support from Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, as key reasons for the purchase. Event Pro, Inc. is no stranger to Yamaha having an array of the company’s consoles in its stable.
“The ‘two is better than one’ theory holds true when it comes to the CL5, states Wallace. Having the ability to offer this console to our corporate clients, regional festivals and touring acts, and national acts that come through Minnesota is a huge plus. The CL5s have helped take Event Pro, Inc. to another level.” Wallace said his techs love the CL5 consoles so much that they want to take them out on all of their Event Pro gigs. “They LOVE the SOUND and ease of operation.”
After Event Pro’s first CL purchase, the renowned Minneapolis Orchestra Hall immediately requested the CL5. “Joel Money (Technical Director) told me he wanted absolute top-quality audio for clients and technicians to operate on, and the CL provides that platform.” The Hall has, for some time, had a Yamaha PM5D at the FOH location.
The renowned Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis also uses Event Pro CL consoles upon requests from touring artist engineers, such as Paul Booth (engineer for singer Diane Reeves), and others. The club’s tech director, Craig Eichorn is also involved in Twin Cities Jazz Festival so Event Pro has been fortunate to supply the CL. “As we put our second CL console out on as many summer festivals as possible, and with guest engineers experiencing it, they know they can get a CL from us whenever they return to local venues. Many are carrying USB sticks now which makes supplying a CL a natural.”
An event or corporate budget may not support a CL5 but Wallace says if their clients are looking for great sound, they know they will be happy with the console. “100% of the guest engineers, who use it, love it. And for us, personally, it is the best sounding console in its price range.”
Providing their clients with better sound and a better desk is Event Pro’s ultimate goal. “Of course, Wallace notes, the small size, using less space, less road cases, the on-board Premium Effects, and the pre-amps doesn’t hurt either. The Yamaha Rio input/output box, cat5 cabling, networking system, means for us we can leave the three road cases housing our analog 300 ft. splitter snake off the truck (and, that’s a lot of truck space).
Many of the Event Pro rentals include a split mix/two console shows, and setting up dual CL5s with the Rio boxes is easy. “We use a Duracat cat6E cable, and running that co-ax from the CL consoles to the Rio is a breeze. Stagehands love us for this, especially when flying the cat5 instead of a 2-inch snake.”
Event Pro techs are always exploring networking interface possibilities with other gear like Shure wireless microphones, etc, so the Dante/Rio platform is coming in handy. The company currently has two Rio units totaling 48×24 and often split up the units bringing the 16×8 box to front of house in corporate situations that demand more inputs at that position. Eventually, they would like to have two 48-input systems. With the iPad StageMix App for the CL, the company also sends out a top- level Asus router with the console to support the application.
Wallace said he has even established a good networking relationship among Yamaha CL owners in his area so they can quickly supply any artist, venue, or tour with CL consoles anywhere. “Yes, Event Pro wants these desks to always be out, so they are going to work very hard! Sonically, the desk sounds great, and makes the PA sound better. It’s that simple.”
For more information on Event Pro, Inc. visit www.eventpro-inc.com
For more information on Yamaha consoles, visit www.yamahaca.com
PHOTO ID: L to R: Audun Hatlehol, systems manager for Event Pro, Inc.; Larry Fisher, owner Metro Sound and Lighting; Neal Wallace, owner, Event Pro, Inc. Hastings, MN