The highly acclaimed, 70-piece Performing Arts Symphony Orchestra will be touring with a Yamaha DM2000 digital mixer as it embarks on a hectic schedule of 30 outdoor concerts at stately houses throughout the UK this Summer. The console was supplied by leading audio supplier System Sound who purchased the mixer from Marquee Audio.
Director Simon Biddulph has spent some time looking for an effective way to meet the Orchestra's front-of-house requirements and after much evaluation decided that the Yamaha DM2000 would best meet the demanding requirements of the tour.
"With this standard of orchestra, playing outdoors, everything needs to be close-miked. Also there is a big rhythm section which tends to dominate so the balance engineer needs to have control over it. We ordered the Yamaha DM2000 with six additional input modules, on top of the 24 built into the console, effectively customising it for the orchestra. It can't be more than two and a half feet wide, and is really easy to load in, yet it offers 96 channels and does everything we want it to do."
The Performing Arts Symphony Orchestra is the only orchestra in Britain dedicated to touring nationally, and is also the only commercially viable symphony orchestra in the country. Their summer calendar of classic proms programmes is performed at stately home venues.
"We need a lot of channels, but the big desks we'd been using are just too hard to deal with in practical terms," continues Simon Biddulph, who is also the Technical Director of PASO. "Last year, Marquee Audio really helped us out by lending us a demo Yamaha desk, so naturally we went back to them when we decided to buy that very same DM2000 package."