Event Tech Celebrates New Governor with New Consoles

Event Tech premiered their new Yamaha PM5D-RH and LS9 mixing consoles at another auspicious beginning, the Maryland Governor’s Inaugural ball January 17 at the Baltimore Convention Center. Event Tech rolled out their two Yamaha PM5Ds on the 3rd Floor Main stage, using one for front of house duty and one to mix monitors for Eddie Palmieri and his band. Event Tech also managed to snag some of Yamaha’s newest digital mixing boards the LS9-16 and LS9-32, which they put to use for the acts on the Cultural and Local Band stages, respectively.

“The Yamaha PM5D is legendary,” says Event Tech mixer Brian Linnemann, who ran front of house for the Main stage. “It’s an extremely powerful board with a great sound, so it’s going to be fun to bring this kind of technology to all the different kinds of shows we do.” In fact, shortly after the inaugural ball the 5Ds were loaded on a truck to support the March for Peace on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., where Event Tech was providing audio, staging, fly towers and power distribution in addition to the mixers. The March had an attendance of over 100,000 people.

The LS9 mixers pack a serious punch in a small frame size, complementing Event Tech’s highly efficient and unique inventory that includes mobile stages, allowing them to support events of all sizes anywhere in the country. Thrown on the brand-new boards for the Inaugural Ball mixer Brian Cassell took to them quickly. “They were really easy to get around on,” says Cassell, “Which means I can focus on what matters, delivering good sound.”

Based in Baltimore, Md., and started by Eric Maynard in 1981, Event Tech has grown into a nation-wide event company that seamlessly integrates all aspects of production. The Yamaha mixers are just the latest addition to a diverse inventory of audio, lighting and staging for events of any size, nationwide.

“These consoles are a great tool in our arsenal of equipment. They will allow us to continue to do what we do best – providing top notch equipment and personnel, and offering great continued customer service,” says Eric Maynard, President of Event Tech. “No matter if we provide full production on a gig or just one department, we’re there to make sure the event comes off perfectly. It’s important work.”

Especially when the event is the Avon Foundation’s Walks for Breast Cancer. Maynard reports that Event Tech is honored to be a part of this worthwhile event, and will be providing production services for all eight of the Foundations Walks across the country this year, including the use of their new Yamaha digital boards. “This will be the first year that we use a digital console on the Walks,” reports Mike Aug, Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Event Tech. “Since the Walk’s inception 5 years ago, we have been making the system and complete production package more efficient. In 2005 we introduced Crown I-Tech amplifiers to the Walk. Running the amps at 208volt, we were able to cut down on power draw and they also decreased outboard processing gear. This year, with the digital console in place, we completely eliminate the outboard processing altogether. We’ll go from mixer to amp rack, and that’s it!” Aug continues, “Whatever we can do to save time and money for our customer means more money goes to breast cancer research. And that’s what the Walks are all about.”