“We selected the CL5 primarily because our operators are already familiar with the Yamaha interface, design, and software but we also take into account the renowned reliability and stability of the Yamaha digital platforms,” explains Tim Harrigan, ownger of Wirebox Media.
In addition to the CL5, Wirebox added Rio3224-D and 1608-D input/output boxes.
“Integrated with the recommended Cisco switches, we have a redundant network with 500′ of fiber,” says Harrigan. “The Dante redundant fiber network was a key factor in the purchase. The system was flawless on its first outing for Ted Turner’s 75th birthday party hosted by Jay Leno. As a requirement, all equipment selected for the show was backed up with redundancy, from microphones to generators, which made the CL5 system the obvious choice.”
Harrigan, who served as sound designer and mix engineer for the Turner event, continues, “The console surface is stellar. The custom layers enabled me to work fast and layout the console exactly as I needed, which is key to event like this with so many elements involved.”
He used the iPad interface to tweak the video mix; on the show network, the video department was located 350 feet down the hall in another ballroom. The second Rio (1608-D) was placed in the video room which supplied them multiple record feeds and playback inputs. The audio team had their own in-ear mixes on the CL5 aux buses for communications with Harrigan, which enabled them to also relocate with the video department to make necessary changes.