Leicester’s De Montfort Hall has had a Yamaha CL5 digital mixing system installed to work in tandem with the existing analogue Yamaha M7CL console.
An iconic Midlands concert venue with neo-classical architecture and a 6,000-pipe organ, De Montfort Hall has hosted performances by hundreds of high-profile artists since its completion in 1913.
The centrepiece of De Montfort Hall is its flexible 400-2,200 capacity auditorium, which can be laid out in several different ways. For a number of years the main mixing console has been a 48-channel Yamaha M7CL, but a recent major audio refit saw the installation of Dante network and a CL5 console, plus three Rio3224-D i/o units. Two are in a movable patch rack, the third fixed on stage.
“We had the M7CL for a long time and found that a lot of people can use it really easily,” said the venue’s lead technician Joel Bright. “De Montfort Hall has always been an essential stop off for rock bands and so we have a lot of the old ‘analogue boys’ coming through. It’s always been very easy to plonk them down in front of the M7CL and get them to use it.
“Above and beyond the enhanced facilities and flexibility of the CL system, upgrading to it offered us two more major advantages. Firstly, the CL5 is also really easy to learn, so it still doesn’t take long to teach it to visiting engineers, whatever type of console they are used to.
“Secondly, we have got the best return from the investment we made in the M7CL, because we haven’t had to ship it out. We have added three Dante interface cards and it has slotted seamlessly into the system, where we will be using it principally as a monitor console. It means that we can enjoy many more years of use from it yet.”