Yamaha CL mixing system boosts Dutch theatre’s production capacity

Amsterdam’s Koninklijk Theater Carré (Royal Theatre Carré) has upgraded its audio system with a Yamaha CL digital mixing system.
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Theater Carre 3 (Credit Roberto Rembrandt)

Amsterdam’s Koninklijk Theater Carré (Royal Theatre Carré) has upgraded its audio system with a Yamaha CL digital mixing system. The theatre’s management wanted greater production flexibility for the venue which first opened in 1887 and had a complete renovation in 2004.

“Koninklijk Theater Carré is one of Amsterdam’s most famous theatres and it is in great demand. By being able to host simple productions – like one-person shows, company presentations, receptions and compact music performances - during the day, without having to take down the set for the evening’s show, the theatre can be made available for many more events,” said Ron Zevenhoven, project consultant from the new system’s installer ISO-Audio.

Supplied by Audiopro Netherlands, key to the plan was a pair of star configuration Dante networks, which host a Yamaha CL3 digital console and a pair of Rio3224-D I/O units. The flown line array PA can be moved and rotated, depending on if the full stage, just the front, or the front wings are being used. The speaker positioning system sends a signal to the DSP driving the PA, from which the DSP selects the correct speaker alignment presets.

Theater Carre 1

“We chose two independent Dante networks to separate the input side of the system from the output side. The technicians only see the part of the network they need to be working with, which makes it very straightforward to use,” said Zevenhoven.

As well as the CL3 and Rio units, the input side features a Shure ULX-D digital wireless system and an Auvitran MADI converter, in case a MADI broadcast feed is required. The Rio3224-D AES/EBU outputs feed a DSP to drive the output side Dante network, with the PA amplifiers fed through a Dante-AES/EBU convertor.

There are also several Dante-to-analogue feeds to drive systems for the hearing impaired, dressing room amplifiers, the studio and DVD recording.

“We chose the Yamaha CL system because we have always had positive experiences with the reliability and acceptance of Yamaha systems by mixing engineers,” added Zevenhoven. “The Dante infrastructure has made for a very flexible and versatile system and Yamaha’s StageMix app has been a really handy feature. It is used by engineers all the time.”