US: Bruce Springsteen was among the stars of the musical programme at this year's Super Bowl, writes David Davies. Both ATK Audiotek - which has been supplying audio production services for the Super Bowl since 1998 - and Half-Time Show sound contractor Audio Analysts made use of Yamaha consoles.
Held on February 1 at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, the Super Bowl extravaganza commenced with performances from Faith Hill and Jennifer Hudson, for which ATK Audiotek deployed two Yamaha PM5Ds. For the Half-Time Show - which featured a much-publicised set from Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band - Audio Analysts used a pair of Yamaha P1MDs at the monitor position. The Boss also made use of approximately 32 Crown Audio I-Tech amplifiers, among other equipment.
Yamaha PM5Ds were also part of the monitoring set-up at a number of other events taking place in Super Bowl week. Clair Bros used the desks at both the Tampa Pepsi Smash and the NFL Saturday Night Bash, while ASR Pro Events deployed one of the consoles for Tony Bennett's set at the NFL Owners Party.
ESI Audio also made use of Yamaha consoles at a raft of pre-game parties and rallies, including two M7CL-48s for 38 Special's performance at the Ritz Theater, and two PM5D-RHs for an ESPN performance by Wyclef Jean and Sean Kingston at the J.P Morgan Event Center. In a number of cases, ESI deployed the Yamaha desks in conjunction with NEXO GEO-T loudspeaker systems.
Regarding the popularity of the company's consoles for "mission critical" events such as the Super Bowl, Yamaha Music deputy general manager Karl Christmas tells PSN-e: "I think that what it boils down to is the reliability factor. The last thing you want to worry about once you have spent an awful lot of money on your audio system is whether the mixing console is going to fail, and for that reason a lot of engineers are very comfortable using Yamaha desks of all sizes at many different events throughout the world."