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Yamaha’s ‘Massif’ French cultural centre upgrade

The Maison de la Culture de Clermont-Ferrand in the Massif Central, France has extended both its Ethersound network and its Yamaha inventory.

Located in the Massif Central, France, Maison de la Culture de Clermont-Ferrand (MCCF) recently upgraded its audio facilities with Yamaha, ensuring the venue can stage event he most complex of its over 250 performances a year. Built in 1979, MCCF is the home to the nationally-renowned performance society Comédie de Clermont and holds the distinction of staging the world’s first short film festival – now in its 34th year and second only to Cannes in prestige. It is also a main venue for over 20 music, film, dance and theatre festivals which the city holds every year. A rolling series of improvements has seen the venue replace the 1377-seat Jean Cocteau Room’s analogue mixer with a Yamaha DM1000 digital mixing console several years ago, followed by the installation of a comprehensive Ethersound network, a Yamaha LS9-32 and two SB168-ES i/o units in the 324-seat Boris Vian Room. The latest upgrade saw the Ethersound network extended into the Jean Cocteau Room, with a much bigger Yamaha inventory. Nicolas Roy (pictured, far right), general manager of the nationally-renown performance society, and resident of the MCCF, Comédie de Clermont-Ferrand drew up a system specification, with Beaumont-based audio-visual specialists STS winning the tender to design and supply the system. “Based on our positive experience with the Boris Vian Room, extending the Ethersound network into the main space was an obvious next step,” said Jean-Marc Detroyat (pictured, far left), MCCF’s technical director. “A key factor in the upgrade was that the sound requirements are getting more complex. The proscenium system needed eight outputs, but modern expectations meant that we also needed 18 additional outputs for loudspeakers around the stalls and balcony. By using Ethersound and a Yamaha DME64N digital mixing engine, every output could be addressed individually.” Complementing the Yamaha DM1000 already installed, a DM2000VCM digital console was also purchased. Using an MY16-ES64 interface, either console can be immediately patched into the Ethersound network. “We have our own technical staff and, of course, many visiting engineers. Being able to reconfigure the entire system at the touch of a button – but also able to do in-depth editing if required – is exceptionally useful,” added Detroyat. “It means that we can accommodate any kind of production, providing optimum sound reproduction in the shortest possible time.”