NAB Show Stays Silent

At the recent NAB show, Yamaha, Aviom and Shure demonstrated a silent stage in which the companies' products allowed a live band to perform without onstage
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From left: Bill Bieschke, Frank Reina, Mike Overlin and Kevin MacKelvie were miked with Shure SLX mics using SM86 condenser elements and Beta 58A dyanmics mics, along with PSM400 wireless monitor systems.

At the recent NAB show, Yamaha, Aviom and Shure demonstrated a silent stage in which the companies' products allowed a live band to perform without onstage amplifiers or speakers. While the band was performing, front-of-house engineer John Conard (Yamaha's Southern California district manager) lowered the front-of-house mix level on a Yamaha PM5D console (with an Aviom Y1 card) until it was zero, silencing the audio heard in the hall. The only sounds remaining were the vocals and the drumsticks tapping the Yamaha electronic drum pads.