A Yamaha CL3 digital audio console with two Rio3224-D racks has been provided by Gearforce of Coquitlam, BC, Canada for front of house mixing by Scottie Baldwin on the international tour by Canadian duo Tegan and Sara.
Robert Nevalainen, president of Gearforce, says that the CL line represents a leap forward in audio quality. “Yamaha managed to retain the Centralogic interface that so many engineers love, and the company has such market penetration, that it just made sense,” he notes.
“The CL Series sounds amazing; a perfect blend of the sonic purity and coloration add up to the most musical console on the market,” adds Baldwin. “I’ve found the Dante networking to be not only simple to set up, but incredibly reliable as well. The simple setup of the Dante network gets me where I need to be: into the music.
Baldwin also makes extensive use of the console’s Premium Rack; specifically, the Neve compressors and EQ’s as well as the multi-band compressors.
He has been a Yamaha end user engineer from the first days of Yamaha digital consoles, choosing a PM1D as the first large-scale digital console he used for a Prince tour in 2002.
“The thought behind where an engineer’s hands and eyes will be during a show are most impressive,” Baldwin says, “It’s completely intuitive to live mixing, that allows maximum capability to focus on the most important element of all: the music.”
Tegan and Sara’s 13-year career has seen them build an avid global following of fans and fellow musicians alike. Born in Calgary, Alberta, the Quinn sisters’ unique ability to bridge the pop and indie worlds has allowed their music to cross all traditional boundaries of genres, from being covered by The White Stripes to collaborating with noted DJs such as Tiesto and David Guetta.