ACIR Professional Provides Yamaha CL Consoles for Orion Festival in New Jersey

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Matthew "Woody" Woods, FOH engineer for Black Dahlia Murder, operates the Yamaha CL5 digital console for the band's performance on the Damage Inc stage.

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On June 23 and June 24, Bader Field in Atlantic City, N.J., was the site for the Orion Music + More Festival, which featured Metallica on its main stage along with more than 30 bands. More than 33,000 music fans attended the festival on each of the two days. The Damage Inc stage featured performances by Suicidal Tendencies, Sepultura, The Black Dahlia Murder, Torche, Letlive, Red Fang, Kyng, Landine Marathon, Black Tusk, and They Will Be Done.

ACIR Professional, based in Egg Harbor Township, N.J., provided the new Yamaha CL5 digital console and two Yamaha PM5Ds for the festival's Damage Inc stage along with 10 Yamaha TX3n amps for monitors. The acts's front-of-house engineers for the used the new CL console, with Yamaha and ACIR staff on hand to answer any questions.

“Having already been familiar with the Yamaha PM5D, the CL was a breeze to use,” states Matthew (Woody) Woods, FOH engineer for the Black Dahlia Murder. “From the layout, navigation, display and touch screen, the CL makes it much easier to adjust your mix.”

“The CL5 was so quick in getting my mix where it needed to be thanks to the user defined knobs and touch screen capabilities,” says FOH engineer for Red Fang, Adam Pike. “The console was truly put to the test at the Festival where we had to do line checks through headphones. I had no idea what it was going to sound like when we went live through the mains. By the end of the first song, I was already shaping with the Rupert Neve Designs Portico 5043 and 5033 in the Yamaha CL; I felt so spoiled!”

ACIR Professional also provided a Yamaha LS9-32 with eight Yamaha DSR 15 speakers and eight DSR subs for Rob Trujillo, the bass player of Metallica, for use on the Vans stage.

“Front-of-house engineers were pretty enthusiastic about using the new Yamaha CL5 at the Damaged Inc stage, which is a testament to the Yamaha familiarity found throughout the company’s digital console series,” says John Grasso, co-owner of ACIR Professional and systems engineer for the Damage Inc stage. “We wanted to provide an opportunity for the festival engineers to gain the benefit of being the first in our market to work on the console, and we believe it was immensely successful for us, the engineers, and Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems.”

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