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Yamaha Commercial Audio hosts architectural symposium in Milan

It combined keynote presentations from pro-audio industry figures with visits to three high-profile Yamaha installations in Milan

On 1 and 2 October Yamaha Commercial Audio hosted its first symposium, High Quality Sound in Architectural Applications, in Milan.

Attracting over 70 systems integrators, theatre consultants and AV and IT consultants from 15 European countries, it combined keynote presentations from leading pro-audio industry figures with visits to three high-profile Yamaha installations in Milan.

Hosted in the Milano Congressi (MiCo) exhibition centre, High Quality Sound in Architectural Applications covered a range of topics relevant to installed-sound design, with keynotes including:

  • High Quality Architecture, presented by Milan architect Professor Stefano Boeri (pictured, below)
  • Sound Quality in Audio Systems, by Yamaha Music Europe’s Ron Bakker (pictured, top)
  • High Quality Architectural Sound for Large Audiences, by François Deffarges, director of R&D at Nexo
  • High Quality Performance Audio Systems and EN54, by Roland Hemming of RH Consulting
  • The Networked Future – An Underused Resource Just Waiting for Adoption by Richard Northwood of RH Consulting

Following the keynotes, delegates were taken on a tour of MiCo, Europe’s largest congress centre, whose entire audio signal infrastructure was upgraded in 2014 with a Yamaha-based networked solution featuring 28 QL1, one CL5 and one M7CL digital mixing consoles and 28 Rio1608-D and two Rio3224-D i/o units.

They also visited the Yamaha-equipped Expo Milano and UniCredit Towers.

“With today’s almost limitless digital and networking audio technology, Yamaha is focusing on sound quality in architectural sound systems, enhancing the customer’s experience in conference, retail, hospitality and many other applications,” comments Ron Bakker. “For this, we clearly see the need to cooperate more closely with designers, consultants and architects – as it’s their creativity and experience that puts the technology to work.

“This symposium was one of our new activities to connect with them – not only to convey new technology and application practices, but also to learn from each other and to get new ideas and inspiration.”