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Amsterdam students cut their teeth on Dante-enabled CL series

Audio Electronics Mattijsen has installed the Yamaha consoles in Amsterdam School of Arts.

Amsterdam School of the Arts is giving its students hands-on experience with Yamaha’s CL series digital mixing consoles.

The school offers both graduate- and postgraduate-level offers at six educational facilities – the Academy of Fine Art in Education; the Conservatorium van Amsterdam music academy; the Netherlands Film Academy; the Reinwardt Academy for museology studies; Amsterdam Academy of Architecture; and de Theaterschool.

Duivendrecht, North Holland-based Audio Electronics Mattijsen supplied the system, which comprises a CL1 console with two Rio1608-D i/o units for the Theaterschool’s main performance space. Four Yamaha DXR10 loudspeakers have been installed for stage monitors, which can also be used as a PA system for events taking place elsewhere in the building.

De Theaterschool’s Dave Krooshof (pictured, right, with Geert Oddens) says the school chose the system initially for the ease of use with the Dante networking technology. All signals are split and routed, via a Dante network, to the facility’s recording studio.

“One effect of specifying this system was that we had to sit around the table with our IT department regarding cabling and bandwidth,” Krooshof comments. “It created a whole buzz within the team, which led to other departments now thinking of networking technology as well. It opens up a whole new range of technical and creative possibilities of which we didn’t think of before, which is exactly the kind of thing that we want to offer our students.

“Currently we are thinking of hooking up multiple rooms in the same building to the Dante network, as we have a mixture of copper and fibre connections throughout it. But we also have multiple fibre connections to the conservatorium and dance theatre located a couple of hundred metres down the street. We just have to patch those into our Dante system to open up many new possibilities.”