Live: Flores Takes PM5D for a Spin

Mar 1, 2011 9:00 AM, By Sarah Benzuly


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Completing his first leg of his North American tour in mid-November and back out early this year, Jason Derulo’s monitor engineer, Billy Flores, is mixing on a Yamaha PM5D. Clair Global supplied snake and mic package, stage boxes, power, and Sennheiser, Neumann and Shure RF systems. Derulo sings half the show on a Crown 311 head set mic into a Shure UR beltpack and receiver; for the other half of the show, he’s on a Shure UR SM87. “Everyone is on ears, including Jason,” says Flores. “The full band includes drums, guitar, key/bass and keys, as well as two background singers, and Jason sings on top of eight channels of Pro Tools [tracks], so I use about 40 channels of the PM5D when all is said and done.

“The Yamaha PM5D is like second nature to me,” adds Flores. “The console has a quick response, clean digital mixes and all the feel of an analog desk. You don’t get lost looking at the console, saying to yourself, ‘Where do I start?’”

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