SIR ELTON JOHN USES NEXO STM FOR YAMAHA BIRTHDAY PARTY
With Sir Elton John at the top of the bill, NEXO’s STM system got a first-class workout in Anaheim last month as Yamaha celebrated its 125th anniversary in the company of Amy Grant, Chaka Khan, Dave Grusin, Earth, Wind & Fire, David Foster, Dave Koz, Michael McDonald, Sarah McLachlan and Toto.
The all-NEXO+Yamaha PA was provided by Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) in Disney’s Hyperion Theatre, for an event timed to coincide with the NAMM Convention. The YCAS team managed all live audio production equipment requirements, including the design and implementation of a large-scale Dante network from inputs to speakers, and were on hand for assistance to guest artist engineers.
With three Yamaha CL5 digital consoles at front of house (one for the orchestra, one for the house band, and one for guest bands), a total of 150 inputs were running into the system. For the main PA, there were 10x sets of STM (M46 Main + B112 Bass cabinets) per side, with a combination of STM S118 and RS18 subwoofers hidden under the stage. Amplification came from NXAMP4x4s all fitted with NX-DT104 Dante cards, and the Dante network was bridged by two DME64N digital mix engines. The 45*N-12 line monitors were used on stage, mixed by two more Yamaha CL5s.
This was the first time that the STM system has been flown in the USA. Front of house engineer Bryan Lenox, who mixed many of the guest artists as well as the house band, told us, “the new NEXO STM rig sounded unbelievable and very rich sounding while retaining detail, clarity, and punch. It was very easy to get a great sound with the combination of the consoles and the STM.”
The night’s crescendo, however, was Sir Elton John who ended the concert with an amazing five-song set. A historical evening for Yamaha Pianos as John played a Disklavier reproducing piano onstage, accompanied by a 60-piece orchestra, as his actual piano keystrokes were faithfully played, note for note, in real time (via MIDI data) on remote Disklavier pianos all over the world. He and the orchestra were visible on adjacent monitors in perfect sync with the remote piano performance, and even fans from around the world without a Disklavier were able to witness the event via a live streaming feed.
Matt Herr, front of house engineer for Elton John. “The STM line array sounded nice and smooth, and I'd like to get my hands on it with the band and really drive it to see what it can do. It seems like it would be a good large line array as opposed to some of the smaller ones out there.”