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Yamaha Consoles Feature in New €22M Hungarian Venue

The culmination of the Hungarian city of Pécs 2010 tenure as a European Capital of Culture was December’s opening of the Kodály Centre, a brand new, multi-million euro concert and conference venue. A major Yamaha audio installation ensures that all users get the very best from its highly specified facilities.

Inaugurated by Hungarian president Pál Schmitt, state secretary of culture Géza Szőcs and Pécs mayor Zsolt Páva, the multi-purpose venue was opened on the 128th anniversary of eminent Hungarian composer and music teacher Zoltán Kodály’s birth, after whom the centre is named.

Featuring a total area of 11,000 sq metres, the facility cost 6bn Hungarian forints (€22m) and includes a 999-capacity concert hall, recording studio, two conference rooms (one which also functions as a ballet room, the other which can be divided into two sections with a movable wall), rehearsal rooms, changing rooms and offices for the Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra.

Yamaha audio equipment has been installed throughout the venue by Budapest-based audio specialists Interton Electroacoustics. The specification includes PM5D, M7CL-48ES, LS9-32 and DM2000-VCM digital mixing consoles; MG206c and MG166c analogue consoles; five SB168-ES stage boxes; HS80M, HS50M and HS10W powered reference monitors, plus MY16-ES64 and MY16-EX Ethersound interface cards.

“The PM5D is the main front of house console, the M7CL-48ES is used primarily for monitors, where it can be can be placed in four different positions. But it can also be used as the FOH mixer,” says Interton design engineer Ferenc Volár. “There is a full Ethersound network throughout the building, so it’s straightforward to move the consoles, if required, and it makes the use of the SB168-ES stage boxes very versatile.”

The LS9 is used for smaller conferences in the main hall, while the analogue consoles are used in the conference and rehearsal rooms. Meanwhile the studio, which features the DM2000, is mainly used to record concerts from the main hall via EtherSound, but can also be used to record from the largest rehearsal room.

"The DM2000 is an amazing console. It is so packed with features that the possibilities seems endless. Now, for the first time, I feel that the hardware does not limit me to do what I want," says chief sound engineer Zoltán Baranyai.

Ferenc continues, “It is a very flexible system and easily configurable for any desired application. Yamaha produces reliable, world-wide acclaimed equipment and it is also a big advantage that, for visiting engineers, the mixers are well known in the industry. Both the venue and we are very happy with the system. It's working just as we planned.”

This is echoed by the venue’s sound technician Zoltán Csurgai, who adds, "I am very happy to work with Yamaha consoles. I know them and have been working with them for years. One thing I really respect is that they are very reliable. I never have to worry about a failure during a show."

With the Kodály Centre’s sound also receiving praise from eminent Russian violin virtuoso Maxim Vengerov, who performed its first public concert, it provides a truly lasting legacy from Pécs year as a Capital of Culture.





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