The Musicians Institute in Hollywood has opened a new Live House theatre, primarily for students and touring musicians, and installed a networked NEXO/Yamaha system to handle all its audio needs.
Trinity Sound Company (TSC) of Anaheim Hills, CA designed and installed the system in cooperation with the Yamaha Professional Audio division, using NEXO’s new GEO M10 mid-size line array at its heart.
“Yamaha asked my company to become part of a project at the Musicians Institute,” states Devin DeVore, TSC. “We did a walk through when it was still just dirt on the ground and no walls. We understood the basic concept of what the building would be, how it would function, and how the Institute would use it. Everything was modeled with NEXO NS-1 3D software including mixers, input and output devices, amplifiers, and speakers.”
House speakers are 6-a-side arrays of NEXO GEO M10 with LS18-E subs, NEXO ID24 speakers for front fills, and NEXO 45N-12 wedges for monitors along with a LS600 sub. The whole system is powered with NEXO NXAMP4x2 MK2 amps. The system includes a Yamaha CL5 at front of house and a Yamaha QL5 at monitors, 64 channels of Yamaha RIO3224-D2, and 64 channels of sample rate conversion with Yamaha RSIO64-D’s input/output boxes. All audio signals are run via a Dante network with Yamaha SWP1 switches, and wireless iPad control for amps and consoles.
“Some of the concerns I had with the venue were to do with the unexpected variety of talent and diversity of use; everything from corporate events to rock shows. And, the operators could be budding Musicians Institute students or touring veterans, so we really needed a system designed to work as a whole in terms of control and flexibility.”
DeVore said one of the great virtues he has always found with Yamaha and NEXO equipment is the ability to operate at a basic level which can be fast and functional, but also the ability to handle complex scenarios with routing, console I/O, control, and more in depth mixing needs with plug-ins or Dan Dugan Design mixing.
“Another concern I had with the system was how it would perform within the big side walls. It took a little wiggling around to get the focus and voicing just right with the front fills. This was expected once we detected our rigging positions were about six feet off from the conceptual design. We also designed a sub array into the system with the six NEXO LS18s. While tuning the system, the NEXO NXAMPs gave me a lot of control and flexibility with the low end steering.”
DeVore added that he would characterize the system as articulate and balanced. “The imaging is great and the focus and depth that can be mixed into the system is like mixing on a great pair of studio monitors.”