At the recent Super Bowl XLIII in Tampa, the sound reinforcement systems for pregame and halftime performances, as well as several sound systems for related events, featured Yamaha digital consoles.
ATK Audiotek of Valencia, CA, supplier of audio production services to the Super Bowl, chose two Yamaha PM5D consoles for the system serving Raymond James Stadium for the big game, featuring performances by Faith Hill and Jennifer Hudson.
The halftime show received an assist by long-time Bruce Springsteen sound company Audio Analysts (Colorado Springs, CO), which provided two Yamaha PM1D consoles at monitors for the performance by Springsteen and the E Street Band.
Meanwhile, Mike Wolf of Clair notes that a PM5D was used in the monitor rigs at both the Tampa Pepsi Smash and the NFL Saturday Night Bash in Orlando prior to the game. Another PM5D, provided by ASR Pro Events of Orlando, was used at front of house for a performance by Tony Bennett at the NFL Owners Party.
ESI Audio, formerly known as E-Tech Systems of Tampa, deployed most of its 72 NEXO GEO-T line array boxes at approximately more than 10 pregame parties and rallies, and many of these events also utilized Yamaha consoles.
For example, ESI Audio supplied two PM5D-RH consoles for 38 Special’s performance at the Ritz Theater, two Yamaha M7CL-48 consoles for Sister Hazel at Whiskey Park North, and a Yamaha LS9-32 console for Lo Cash Cowboys at Channelside.
Further, two more PM5D-RH consoles, along with 10 GEO-T 4805s, two GEO T 2815s for downfill, and eight NEXO S2 subs, were provided for a performance by Wyclef Jean and Sean Kingston at the J.P. Morgan Event Center for ESPN.
In addition, another LS9-32 console and 16 NEXO PS8 loudspeakers were featured for an NFL Players Association jazz gig, while 14 GEO T 4805s and four GEO T 2815s for downfill were utilized at a Sarah Evans concert. Both were held at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.
The busy ESI Audio also supplied the Maxim Party at the Ritz Theater with an M7CL-48 console, the NFL Players Association DJ with an M7CL-48 at A La Carte; and a concert at Progress Energy Park for DirecTV with a PM5D-RH, 14 GEO-T 4805s, four GEO-T 2815 for downfill, and 16 CD18 subs.
Finally, the Fab Four performance at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center was served by 10 GEO T 4805s and two GEO T 2815s for downfill, and Max Weinberg’s Tropicana Field show used an M7CL-48 console.