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Yamaha Offers Digital Sound Reinforcement Training

Beginning in January 2009, Yamaha Commercial Audio Training Seminars (YCATS) will offer Digital Sound Reinforcement 101 (DSR101) as part of the course selection now offered throughout the year both regionally and at the company’s Buena Park, Calif. headquarters. The two-day class, which was instituted about two years ago, will provide complete audio system design and networking solutions.

Sponsored in part by Shure Microphones, the seminar will focus on setup techniques ranging from microphones to large-scale speakers. Topics include gain construction, attenuator settings, SPL estimation, spec analysis, and using Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, NEXO and Shure products.

“We were unable to include the DSR101 class on a regular basis to our training schedule due to an enormous response to add more digital console training seminars, and now the timing is right to re-introduce the class as we launch the new SB168-ES Stage Box,” states Jose Perez, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems training manager. “The two-day course is designed to assist audio engineers, system designers, system techs, audio operators in houses of worship, and contractors to obtain a better understanding of available solutions.”

Course components include fundamental concepts such as dBSPL, dBu, dBV, calculations, and level management; cables for various signal formats, word clock distribution; microphone techniques, including microphone characteristics, how to select a microphone, and digital technology; maximizing the benefits of wireless systems and managing frequencies; digital versus analog systems; and speakers and processors—designing output systems and level management for system protection.

Dates, locations and applications are posted two to three months prior to actual seminar dates, so those interested in attending the seminars should periodically visit the YCATS Training Website or the YCATS blog.

In order to maximize the Digital SR System 101 training seminar experience, attendance for each seminar is limited. There is no cost for attending DSR101. Breakfast and lunch are provided; travel and accommodations are the responsibility of the attendee.

For more information on the Yamaha DSR101 training seminar, or to receive the YCATS monthly e-newsletter which provides information on firmware updates, new products, etc., visit