Cliff still 'moving it' with Yamaha

UK: Yamaha consoles were used for 50th anniversary shows by UK pop pioneers Cliff Richard and Joe Brown, writes David Davies. In addition, Brown's special guest-laden concert at the Royal Albert Hall featured an extensive specification of loudspeakers from d&b audiotechnik.
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UK: Yamaha consoles were used for 50th anniversary shows by UK pop pioneers Cliff Richard and Joe Brown, writes David Davies. In addition, Brown's special guest-laden concert at the Royal Albert Hall featured an extensive specification of loudspeakers from d&b audiotechnik.

Cliff Richard's recent three-week UK arena tour - which included a performance at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) in Glasgow (pictured) - employed Yamaha PM5D consoles at FOH and monitor positions. The technical requirements of the latest Cliff production were such that both monitor engineer John 'JJ' James and FOH engineer Mike 'Bunny' Warren had the entire show set up as scenes on their respective PM5Ds, which were supplied - along with the rest of the audio rig - by Britannia Row Productions.

All effects used by JJ were from within the PM5D, and included inserted reverbs on the brass and woodwind, along with the usual EQ, gating and compression.

"I feel I should be an old dinosaur saying that analogue is wonderful, but this is fantastic," said JJ, who has been working with Cliff for 29 years. "I've used the PM5D pretty much since its introduction; there's no racks and outboard to worry about. It's just all there in the console, it all makes a lot of sense and it sounds great. I love it."

A Yamaha PM5D - along with a pair of M7CLs and a DSP5D - also saw service during Joe Brown's recent RAH show as part of a system that included d&b audioteknik loudspeakers and subwoofers.

The PA system devised by Brown's long-time sound engineer, Ian Grove, featured six hangs of Q-Series loudspeakers and a single hang of Q subwoofers. Grove also specified six (ground-stacked) Q-SUBs and two B2s, along with Q7s and Q10s on fill duties around the stage, and MAX15s and M4s for monitoring.

A d&b spokesperson tells PSN-e: "The Royal Albert Hall has always been a favourite for d&b; the venue might be notorious for its acoustics, but if you can achieve quality sound and even coverage here then you can do it anywhere. Ian Grove at RPA is an excellent engineer, as well as running one of the more interesting regional rental companies in the UK. He's pushed us as much as we've supported him over the years. A clich_ maybe, but it was an honour for us that one of our systems was used for this cherished musician. Happy anniversary, Joe."

Equipment for the show - which featured appearances from Dave Edmunds, Mark Knopfler and the immortal Chas & Dave - was provided by Grove's own company, RPA.



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