Think of the words ‘Edinburgh’ and ‘entertainment’ together and the first idea that tends to pop into one’s head is the annual, month long Festival Fringe. But Scotland’s capital enjoys a year-round variety of stage entertainment, nowhere more so than at the Pleasance Theatre, owned and run by the Edinburgh University Students’ Association (EUSA). So it’s just as well that a Yamaha LS9 digital console is there to handle the pace.
The Swiss government has an excellent record of investment in the future of its population, being possibly the most ‘pro-training’ administration on the European continent. Promoting a wide range of training initiatives for young people, one example of these is the biennial Federal Diploma exam for Sound Technician, which Yamaha supports by providing equipment.
Yamaha’s M7CL and LS9 digital mixing consoles continue to make great inroads in the education market - their user-friendliness, high end facilities in a compact footprint and cost-effectiveness all making them very attractive to schools, colleges and universities. The latest establishment to invest in Yamaha is Aberystwyth University, which recently took delivery of two new systems.
For further education colleges which offer courses covering the technical production aspects of live music and theatre, it’s crucial that student training is done on industry standard equipment which graduates will find in the ‘real world’ after their studies. For this reason, Kendal College has just invested in a Yamaha M7CL digital mixing console.
When Nick Gaunt, technical support manager for Archbishop Grimshaw School, a Solihull comprehensive, was presented in late 2006 with the case for needing a new mixing console, local audio specialists SSE Audio Group suggested that a Yamaha M7CL-48 might just fit the bill.
With the recent introduction of the SB-168ES stage box for Yamaha’s digital consoles, it was the ideal opportunity for SSE Audio Group to invite people to beat the winter blues with a Yamaha demonstration day at the company's Redditch headquarters.
In a society increasingly obsessed with the idea that merely turning up to audition for television talent contests is the way to have a career in the performing arts, it’s gratifying that establishments such as the Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts (LIPA) are there to provide realistic, high quality training for this most difficult of industries to work in.
When several students of the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna, had the opportunity to design the audio system for an open-air concert by the Italian Orchestra dell'Insubria, Yamaha’s regional office was more than happy to help.