The Théâtre National in Brussels has recently purchased two Yamaha QL1 digital mixing consoles; this was an easy decision for the theatre’s technical team as the oldest of five Yamaha mixers already owned by the theatre is still in reliable daily use after more than 10 years.
Originally established over 60 years ago, Brussels Théâtre National de la Communauté Française de Belgique (to give it its full title) was the first French-speaking theatre in the country. In 2004 the theatre moved to a brand new building, where the decision was made to ‘go digital’. A Yamaha PM5D was the console of choice, seamlessly working with the building’s Optocore network thanks to the MY-series YS2 interface.
The PM5D was so successful that the theatre invested in four more Yamaha digital mixers in the following years – a DM1000, M7CL-32, LS9-32 and LS9-16 – which meant a much wider range of productions and performance spaces within and outside the theatre could benefit from Yamaha mixing technology.
The theatre’s latest purchase has been two QL1 consoles. Supplied – as was all the previous Yamaha equipment – by Brussels AV dealer Riva Audio, the QL1s satisfy a growing demand for high quality, portable mixing.
As well as hosting its own shows in a variety of spaces, the theatre works closely with the city’s KVS (Royal Flemish) Theatre on a joint programme of productions and collaborates with six other European theatres and festivals in the Villes en scène (Cities On Stage) project. It has never had more demand for mixing consoles that are advanced, reliable and portable.
“All the Yamaha consoles we have supplied to Théâtre National are still in regular use. Ever since we supplied the PM5D 12 years ago they have been really happy with the exceptional reliability of Yamaha,” says Riva Audio’s Frederic Vard.
“Working with other venues means that the theatre is staging a growing number of productions in a variety of locations. Adding the two QL1s satisfies their demand for mixers that can be easily moved, yet have the latest facilities and flexibility which producers and audiences demand. And, being Yamaha, they are confident that they will be working flawlessly for many years to come!”
Pictured are Jeison Pardo and Simon Pirson of Brussels Théâtre National with four of the theatre's seven Yamaha consoles – PM5D, LS9-16 and the two new QL1s.