Boulevard Professional (Ridgefield Park, N.J.) recently installed two Yamaha CL5 Digital Audio Consoles along with four Rio 3224-D input/output boxes, one at front of house and one for monitors, at the Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC) in Englewood, New Jersey.
Since 1986, Boulevard Pro has been providing audio systems for rental and installation to customers around the Tri-State area.
For 10 years, bergenPAC has been known as northern New Jersey’s busiest not-for-profit performing arts center, and home to hundreds of world-class performances reaching audiences of over 250,000 each year.
The 1,367-seat theater embraces the spectrum of the arts from rock to classical, dance to comedy, with nearly 150 events each year.
The soul of bergenPAC can best be seen in its efforts to provide a home for innovative arts and educational programs that reach out to thousands of families via their performing arts school.
“We’ve built a strong relationship with bergenPAC over the past 10 years,” states James Cioffi, co-owner, Boulevard Pro. “We suggested the new Yamaha CL5 consoles to the audio staff and initially provided them as rentals so the crew would have an opportunity to see how functional the consoles are and how well they sound.
“The staff loved the console’s sound and size, affording the theater extra room at front of house.”
A Yamaha MY lake card is installed in the FOH console and is used to control the existing speaker system and all theater zones.
Since Boulevard installed two complete CL systems, bergenPAC can rotate the consoles from the theater to the Drapkin Cabaret & Lounge as well as its performing arts school located just down the street.
“We’ve been working with Boulevard Pro for many years now, and they always go the extra mile to make sure our shows go off without a hitch,” states Joe Feola, Tech Director.
About the console, Feola says “I’ve been a Yamaha supporter for a long time, and the CL5 fits our needs perfectly. By accommodating the files of other Yamaha boards, it helps to speed up the load in. The venue hasn’t sounded better.”
The Yamaha CL Series is a Dante network-based console featuring remote I/O for a faster, more responsive Yamaha system solution. All three CL models in the Centralogic series, only differentiated by frame size and input capability, feature 24 mix buses, 8 matrix buses, plus stereo and mono outputs, and 16 DCAs.
The footprint of all three CL consoles is small, yet powerful and has been developed specifically for sound reinforcement applications such as performing arts venues, theaters, houses of worship, touring, and remote broadcast. The high output bus count will be a great benefit to live broadcast and monitor applications.
“Recently, I have had the opportunity to make the audio leap from analog to digital,” states Paul Denise, Audio Department Head at bergenPAC. “During this time of change, I was able to do a head-to-head comparison.
“Our sound system responded wonderfully with the new CL. Not only was our lighting dimmer buzz gone, but the clarity and separation in the high end, particularly, was awesome.”
Denise said shows like The Village People, Rock and Blues Fest, and Cheap Trick have enjoyed working with the CL5.
“Even when bands like ZZ Top and Lynyrd Skynyrd bring their own console in, we are still subbing into the CL5 to send to all 8 audio zones in the theater. The more I use the CL5, the more I like it.”