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Live Sound

Mixing the Holiday A Cappella Sounds of Pentatonix

Mark Woodcock uses a Yamaha RIVAGE PM10 console to handle the house mix for a acappella act Pentatonix.

New York, NY (December 20, 2017)—A cappella group Pentatonix has been touring behind its new album, A Pentatonix Christmas, and tackling the demanding house mix at each stop is FOH engineer Mark Woodcock, manning a Yamaha RIVAGE PM10 console provided by Clair Global.

There aren’t a lot of inputs on the Pentatonix show so channel counts weren’t a big priority in opting for the digital desk. Rather, Woodcock said, “I wanted a change, and the Yamaha PM10 made it an easy decision for me. I brought it into rehearsals for a few days with some tracks and built my show. My systems guy, Bob Weibel, set it up and I came in and worked my way around the console, finding it really easy.”

Given that a Pentatonix show hinges on the clarity and vibe of the vocals, Woodcock found he appreciated the sound of the pre amps: “They are very warm and smooth and make the sound of vocals really clear and very easy to blend since there is no band accompaniment on stage. I really enjoy having the various EQ options.

“The plug-ins are the best part, though, and the Neve compressors are unlike anything I’ve used before. They really make everything come alive. I’m also using the SILK feature on everything. The workflow and ease of use is really impressive; you get comfortable very quickly. This is the first tour I’ve mixed using the Yamaha PM10 and I won’t be going back to anything else at this point.”

Pentatonix itself is a three-time Grammy Award-winning and multi-platinum-selling vocal group that has sold more than 6.5 million albums over the course of its still-emerging career, which has seen the act perform for hundreds of thousands of people across the globe.

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