Sonia Dada’s front-of-house engineer Scott Steiner had no idea mixing on a new Yamaha PM5D would happen so quickly. “We were loading out to our semi from a private show on Thursday night in San Francisco when my production manager introduced me to Joseph Lopez, applications specialist from Yamaha, and Ralph Tolson, Yamaha Commercial Audio dealer from Hi-Tech Audio. They had just happened by after having dinner down the street.” What ensued was one of those moments when coincidences began to pop-up.
It turns out Lopez had talked to Steiner only days earlier regarding a Yamaha PM1D that Steiner had landed in front of at Sonia Dada’s show in Seattle. “It was great to hear them make that connection,” remembered Tolson. “Scott went on to talk about the remaining tour dates and his interest in looking for a new house console before their fall tour. I asked him if he wanted to try out a new Yamaha PM5D the following day at their Fillmore show here in [S.F.]. I think the offer surprised him a bit.”
At the following afternoon’s soundcheck Steiner found himself in San Francisco’s Fillmore in front of a new PM5D, courtesy of Hi-Tech Audio, with Lopez and Hi-Tech Audio’s Adamo in attendance. “I really enjoyed introducing Steiner to the console,” stated Lopez. “He had good knowledge of signal flow and some experience with other digital boards such as the Yamaha 01V and his one night in front of the PM1D. He aggressively used the board’s features—internal reverbs, dynamics and a tap delay—and he patched in outboard gear. Even with those complications, by the time he was finished with soundcheck, he was flying around the board. Before we left, we made sure he had the Yamaha 24/7 number and Louis’ cell number and he was ready for the show.”
After the three-hour show was finished, Steiner remarked, “I might have been a little crazy for trying a new digital console for the first time without even seeing it until load-in on the day of the show but I really enjoyed it.”