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QL5 holds firm in Oss

The Netherlands’ first Yamaha QL series console was used for a production of the musical Hairspray.

The Netherlands’ first Yamaha QL series digital mixing console has been used for a high school production of Hairspray in the city of Oss.

The QL5 was supplied by Kater Audio Techniek, whose founder, Gijs Kater – a longtime fan of Yamaha’s LS9 – placed an order for the new console at Prolight + Sound last month.

The QL5 was used for the main mix, monitors and sound effects. 54 channels of wireless microphones were inputted, most via onstage Yamaha Rio3224-D and 1608-D i/o units, and the console’s local inputs used for the stereo output from a small sub-mixer. Gijs ran the show’s many sound effects from a flash drive plugged into the QL5’s USB socket. A CD player was also connected via the console’s GPI interface for playback, allowing it to be part of the show’s scene automation.

“Having enough time to program the many scenes for a large, low budget production like this is always difficult,” says Gijs. “Over the years I found that the LS9 was the quickest console to achieve this on, and it always fit the budget. But the QL5 takes it to the next stage. Working with it was very fast – pre-programming using Yamaha’s QL Editor software made a big difference – and it was very quick to set up the various inputs. It made a complex setup very relaxed.

“It’s also really powerful and the sound is extremely good. The QL5 runs at 48kHz, but it sounds better than mixers of other brands running at 96kHz. This was the first production for which we had used it, and it has already completely proven itself to us.”