The Tennessee Theatre Upgrades its Audio with Yamaha CL5

by Michael Eddy
The Yamaha CL5 FOH at the Tennessee Theatre
The Yamaha CL5 FOH at the Tennessee Theatre

Built in 1928 and restored back to its original design by Paramount in the early 2000s, the 1,600-seat historic Tennessee Theatre provides entertainment to Knoxville and the surrounding communities. The Moorish Revival theater, designed by Chicago architects Graven & Mayger, was one of eight movie palaces they designed; only two remain today: the Tennessee and the Alabama in Birmingham. The Tennessee showcases Broadway productions, opera performances, as well as movies, concerts, and organ recitals.

ML Sound, Knoxville’s premier live sound rental and contracting company, was brought in to upgrade the theatre’s audio system, installing a Yamaha CL5 Digital Audio Console and Rio3224-D input/output box. The new console will be used for front of house and monitor mixing. “The existing analog console had been in service for over 12 years,” states Lawrence Bricknell, Project Manager at ML Sound. “The new Yamaha console is the first step in a program to bring the theatre’s technology up-to-date and onto a digital platform.”

Tom Kelly, house audio engineer at the Tennessee Theatre and technical director at the Mill & Mine music venue said, “The new Yamaha console is a perfect fit for the theatre. “The CL5 is easy to operate. We also have the same console at the Mill & Mine. The Scene Recall feature is very handy for us since we have various types of shows here with different operators. We simply recall the scene for the show we are staging; for example, we have scenes set up for rock shows, musicals, and even one for movie night, and it works out great!”

Kelly said that since they do not have a monitor console, it helps that the crew can grab an iPad and walk onto the stage to tweak the monitor mixes. “Sonically, the console sounds awesome! Also, the Yamaha CL5 has gained us a lot more room at front of house, replacing a nearly eight-foot Soundcraft MH4 and two equipment racks with just the four-foot CL5. Since we share the front of house booth with the lighting engineer, he is really happy about the increase in space as well.”

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