The Wolf Den, a 350-seat nightly live performance venue housed in the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT, recently upgraded its audio systems with new Yamaha Commercial Audio CL5 digital consoles at front of house and monitors, accompanied by Rio 3224-D and 1608-D input/output boxes.
Mat Diamond, lead audio technician for entertainment at the resort, says the decision to add the two CL consoles was a departmental decision.
“As the head of the department, I had the final say, but I don’t get to use the equipment as much as the rest of the, department which is why it is important to make the decision as much a group decision as possible,” he says. “We already own two Yamaha M7CL-48 digital consoles, two Yamaha LS9-16s and an LS9-32, so between that and the price point, the CL5s seemed like the next logical step.” 2
Diamond adds that the custom knobs and fader banks, storing system scenes that can be recalled, EQs, and built-in Premium Rack that can be used together or independently are all valuable features. “I love the idea of the Premium Rack and hope that more effects will be added down the road. I personally like to use the Portico 5033 as my EQ for masters. I really like using the dynamic EQs for vocals. I love how the Yamaha CL allows me to control certain frequencies without eliminating them entirely.”
With regard to the CL learning curve, Diamond said his staff picked it up fairly quickly but since they own several Yamaha consoles, they just needed to learn their way around the CL. “Most of the visiting engineers just need a quick walk through if they haven’t used a CL in the past.”
Since the Yamaha CL consoles have been installed, artists performing at the Wolf Den include Macy Gray, Starship featuring Mickey Thomas, Foghat, G. Love & Special Sauce, Walk Off the Earth, Chuck Negron, Gin Blossoms, Uncle Kracker, Los Lonely Boys, and Eddie Money.