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Holiday on Ice gets audio edge with Yamaha

Sound designer Jeroen ten Brinke has specified Yamaha DM1000 digital mixing consoles for the 70th anniversary production of the skating spectacular, Platinum.

Sound designer Jeroen ten Brinke has specified Yamaha DM1000 digital mixing consoles for the latest production of Holiday on Ice. Since its inception in America 70 years ago, the show has entertained over 230 million visitors around the world. Nowadays, the production based in Amsterdam and owned by one of Europe’s leading live entertainment companies, Stage Entertainment. Jeroen, one of Europe’s top sound designers, was asked to design the audio system for Platinum – the latest Holiday on Ice production that celebrates the format’s 70th anniversary.

“There are only two sound crew with Platinum and they are constantly busy. So I designed an audio setup that is practical, easy and quick to use, as well as being failsafe,” says Jeroen. “I know the DM1000 very well and have never had a problem with one in the many years I’ve used it. It sounds great, can deliver 96kHz sound and is used worldwide, meaning many people can easily operate it.” Jeroen’s sound design is fully redundant, comprising two independently-powered front of house systems, A and B, each including a DM1000, playback computers and wireless equipment. “Because the ice rink changes in size, depending on the venue, we sometimes need to add or take out a few bars of the music. Because of this we use a DAW for playback,” he said. ”There is always the risk of a problem with the DAW, so a backup system is essential.” The A system is fully digital, the DM1000 running at 96kHz and fitted with two MY8-AE96 AES/EBU interface cards for inputs and outputs. The B (backup) system is analogue, so the DM1000 is fitted with two MY8-ADDA96 analogue i/o cards. Both systems use the same PA and amplifiers, so Jeroen produced a custom device to switch the amplifier inputs from digital to analogue if the B system is ever needed. To ensure continuity, the systems are identical in use with MIDI synchronisation ensuring program changes and playback run simultaneously on both. If the operator needs to switch to the B system, they just throw the custom amplifier inputs switch and continue mixing the show on the B console.