Theatre and cinema De Toneelschuur, in Haarlem, Netherlands, recently added two Yamaha CL1 mixing consoles to its digital mixing inventory.
The current building was opened in 2003 and features two theatre spaces and two cinemas. Yamaha has long been a manufacturer of choice for the theatre, having used one of the first DMC1000 consoles in the Netherlands as well as other Yamaha products such as the 02R, 02R96, DM2000 digital consoles and a range of digital audio processing equipment.
The CL1 systems were supplied and installed by Amsterdam-based dealer Audiopro. Pim van den Heuvel (pictured), the sound designer and engineer at the venue, explains: “Choosing Yamaha consoles again ensured that we bought reliability, ease of use, acceptance and compatibility.”
“As a long time Yamaha user, we also have many MY cards for different protocols – ADAT, AES/EBU, analogue, the Dugan-MY16 auto microphone mixing interface and so on – which can all be used with the CL1,” continued van den Heuvel.
A Yamaha DM2000V2 digital mixer plus two Rio1608-Ds and a DME64N are fitted in the larger performance space with two MY16-AUD interface cards, that allow for smooth integration with the Dante network. “Using a Dante network allows us to be very flexible. Being able to position the R-series i/o units anywhere is very convenient, it allows us to locate audio i/o virtually anywhere in the building,” says van den Heuvel.
“We try to keep the systems as straightforward as possible, especially for working with guest engineers. The CL1 user interface is clear, the User Defined Keys make it very comfortable and understandable. Being able to use custom layers for layering the flexible user interface on top of our fixed infrastructure is great. It is easy to explain the CL1 to any guest technician in minutes and it has been happily accepted by everyone.”