Travis Rogers Mixes Grammy Award Winner Stanley Clarke With Yamaha CL5

Four-time Grammy Award winner Stanley Clarke is considered a true pioneer in jazz and jazz-fusion as an acoustic and electric bass player over his 40-year career and ongoing international tours.

By Clarke’s side for the past 14 years is his front of house engineer, Travis Rogers, using a Yamaha CL5 Digital Audio Console. 

“What I like most about the CL5 are the mic pre-amps,” states Rogers.

“They have a warm presence to them that remind me of analog pre-amps.” Rogers has experience with earlier versions of Yamaha consoles like the M7CL and PM5D, so he’s familiar with how the console layout works.

First introduced to the CL5 by other engineers and friends in the industry, Rogers first used the console at the Tokyo Blue Note in Japan in 2013.

“The on-board premium effects are awesome, and add a crisp new sound to the console. Effects I use are the U76, Portico5033, Opt-2A and the Buss Comp 369 plug-ins that add warmth and color to the mix.”

Over his career, Rogers has worked with artists including Lady Gaga, Brandy, Tamia, Brian McKnight, Motel Jordon, Chick Corea, George Duke, Marcus Miller, Victor Wooten, and many others.

He is currently on tour in South America with Clarke using a Yamaha CL5.


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