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Yamaha Provides Cultured Sound at the V&A

Sep, 2011

London’s Victoria & Albert Museum is one of the UK’s most famous hubs for culture, art and design, its collections spanning 2000 years and hundreds of countries. A central part of the museum’s remit is its series of talks, where relevant, high profile people give an ‘inside view’ on their work. The sound of a new Yamaha installation has helped to give these an extra cultured edge.

With the V&A embracing everything from art to architecture, ceramics to costumes and furniture to photography, the museum’s regular lunchtime and evening talks are a primary resource for helping people to understand its astonishingly varied collections.

Installed as part of a complete renovation of the museum’s Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre, the Yamaha equipment was specified and installed by Edinburgh-based Audio Light Systems and comprises an LS9-16 digital mixing console with MY16-ES64 interface card, an SB168-ES stage box and a Blu-Ray player.

“We were trying to get a balance between being able to quickly set the desk up for everyday events, whilst also having the ability to do more complex shows. There was also only a small area in which the desk could sit,” says the company’s Stephen Dishon.

“We looked at products from a range of manufacturers. With the analogue tie lines and the SB168-ES over a local network, we had the ability to expand the inputs without the need for a bigger desk. So the Yamaha solution was ideal.”

As well as the Blu-Ray player, feeds to the console’s local inputs include four radio microphones and a stereo input from a laptop, making the system suitable for most events that the lecture theatre will host, without having to hire in additional equipment.

Audio Light Systems’ engineers initially programmed a couple of scenes in the LS9, which were adequate for most eventualities while the programme for the refurbished theatre is established. V&A staff will be able to programme their own scenes for more complex events in due course.

“It’s a compact but versatile system, which exactly suited the museum’s requirements,” says Stephen.

This is confirmed by the Museum's audio visual technician, who says, “At the moment we’re just scratching the surface of what the system can do. Events currently just involve audio from the Blu-Ray player, lectern, lapel and handheld radio microphones. But there are plans for more music and theatre-based events in due course.

“Being able to store settings is really useful, instantly recalling my own settings saves a lot of work. I love the graphic EQ and the way you can use the faders to control it and I really look forward to investigating the effects and deeper functions as we use it more. It gives us massive potential.”


Products SB168-ES , LS9-32 , MY16-ES64

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