The Mickey Gilley Theatre in Branson, Missouri, celebrating its 20th year as an entertainment venue, recently added a Yamaha M7CL digital audio console to mark the occasion.
Gilley, a legendary country performer who had nearly 40 songs at the top of the charts, built the 1,000-capacity theatre in 1989, where he hosts shows five nights each week. The venue has also welcomed many top entertainers over the years, including Les Brown Jr. and the Band of Renown, Bob Anderson, and Johnny Lee, to name a few.
“The M7CL console has been absolutely amazing,” states Matthew Miles, front of house engineer. “At the time of purchase, our theatre in Branson offered four different shows a day, six days a week. I had been using two analog consoles for Mickey’s show along with a smaller 24-channel console as a sidecar at front of house for three other shows and as well as a fourth for monitors.”
The theatre also has a complete video department where every show is filmed and a fifth analog console with a sidecar was used for a separate video mix.
“The M7CL was able to replace all five of the analog consoles, not to mention all the outboard equipment,” explains Miles. “The audio quality is outstanding, and the ability to jump from show to show using a thumb drive is incredible. The console has been truly a dream come true for me.”
At the time of purchase, Miles states that he was looking at several other consoles but kept coming back to the Yamaha M7CL because of the features offered at its price point.
“This console is by far the best ‘bang for the buck’ out there,” he adds. “Mickey’s show is using all 48 input channels, 15 monitor mixes, left, center and right main outs, a matrix mix to video, and 32 tracks of direct out recording.
“I’m also using all internal effects and processors, with no outboard gear,” Miles mentions, adding that the console has been readied for the road to travel with Gilley on upcoming tour dates.