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Yamaha DME64N is lord of the dance

Dec, 2010

Yamaha’s DME series of digital mixing engines is proving a major success in venues where multi-functional use is required. One of the latest examples is at Pavilion Dance in the English resort of Bournemouth.

Intended primarily as a development and performance space for dance, the £3.3m Bournemouth Borough Council and Arts Council England project had to be able to host an array of events, including interactive workshops, film showings, conferences, theatre and live music. This is a not-uncommon demand nowadays, to maximise a venue’s incoming revenue and make the most of the investment. A Yamaha DME64N was the ideal processor to allow Pavilion Dance’s audio system to be used for a range of purposes, yet keeping it very simple to operate.

The venue is located in a formerly-disused part of the town’s Pavilion Theatre. Because of its listed status, nothing could be attached directly to the building’s fabric. The solution - chosen by theatre consultant Andy Stone of Bracknell-based Drama By Design, supplied and installed by specialist contractor Audio Light Systems of Edinburgh - was to install a ground-supported truss system, from which all the equipment and cabling were hung.

As well as the DME64N, the audio system features a wide selection of Yamaha equipment. This includes an LS9-32 mixing console, RX V2065 Cinema Processor, two BD-S1900 Blu-ray players, CD600 multiplay CD unit, MSP5 control room monitors, MLA8 and MG16 mixers.

The DME64N allows the entire audio system - which also features an L-C-R front of house PA plus subs, surround cinema speakers and onstage monitors - to be reconfigured for any use in seconds.

“It was very important that anyone could use the system,” says Andy Stone. “So we specified the DME for system control and processing, with Crestron touch screens, allowing the entire rig to be configured for different uses with a simple touch on the screen.

“DME was the only system that could do everything we needed in one box. The flexibility and price of it were also significant factors.”

“Making a complex audio system configurable by simple commands from people who wouldn’t necessarily have an audio background was a challenge, but the DME was without doubt the best thing to handle it. It’s an extremely powerful piece of equipment,” adds Eddy O'Hare of Audio Light Systems.

The DME is primarily used as a matrix router, with the internal processing being used to EQ lectern microphones and maximise the impact of cinema audio. However, its flexibility means that the peripheral equipment - for example the Blu-ray players - can also be controlled directly from the Crestron screens.

“Currently the system has three main presets - cinema, lectern and theatre modes - but another huge advantage is its expandability,” Eddy continues. “As the venue is used for different purposes over time, we can expand the system by programming more presets, with no additional hardware required.”

Thanks to the DME’s versatility and Eddie’s programming, the system has proved highly intuitive and easy to control. Bournemouth Borough Council’s investment has been rewarded with a modern and highly flexible venue, which is already proving a successful focus for bringing both audiences and participants into the town’s performing arts scene.


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