Stewart Chaney, the man who is Plus 4 Audio, was already a convert to Yamaha digital mixing desks before he considered his latest purchase of a PM5D. “We already own a couple of DM2000s and a DM1000, and frankly they’ve been fantastic, they never stop working.”
Plus 4 Audio are very successful in a specialist corner of the pro-audio market, “Our business is mainly TV broadcast audience PA systems and some of the shows are getting pretty large in their FOH and Monitor requirements. The PM5D was the obvious step up to a larger console where the 2000 is a bit stretched. We had considered the Yamaha PM1D because increasingly over the past few years most of the visiting engineers who come in with the bands are PM friendly, but you can’t justify an investment of that size on a few larger annual shows. Even so, that knowledge that the PM1D was widely accepted proved a big influence on our decision to purchase the PM5D when it came out.”
Having already proved itself on X Factor , Chaney is now planning ahead to new shows. “The Mercury Music Prize is a good example for us. There are three demands for the desk here, monitors for all the performers, main mix, and a live board used for TV control and inserts; so I plan to use PM5Ds all round next time, one each for the FOH and monitor mixes, and a master for TV and system; it’s ideal.” Why so confident? “Well the line of digital desks from Yamaha have already proved themselves, they are completely solid and reliable.”
Plus 4 Audio also provides sound for Pop Idol, the X Factor and many more; their ever-increasing stock of Yamaha digital desks compliments an extensive range of L’Acoustics PA systems.