Yamaha CL5 Is Just The Ticket For Festspielhaus Baden-Baden

If they are not demolished, closed railway stations can find a wide variety of alternative uses. However, the former central station in the spa town of Baden-Baden is unusual in having been repurposed as Germany’s largest venue for opera, ballet and live classical music. The choice of a Yamaha CL5 for the venue’s new mixing platform is a clear signal that its commitment to audio quality is on the right track.

Since the venue opened in 1998, the neo-Renaissance/Baroque style of the station booking hall and waiting rooms has formed an impressive, appropriately-styled entrance to a modern, 2500-capacity venue, built in the space where the track and platforms used to be.

The auditorium was designed from the ground up with the highest quality audio in mind, using acoustic values calculated by physicist Karlheinz Müller. Maintaining those standards is key to the venue’s success, which is why a Yamaha CL5 digital console and two Rio1608-D2 I/O units were chosen for the latest audio upgrade. The new system was supplied and installed in July by Karlsruhe-based Rock Shop GmbH.

“Yamaha equipment is used at Casino Baden-Baden, which is run by the same company that operates the Festspielhaus, so they already knew that a Yamaha solution would mean both high quality sound and excellent reliability,” says Rock Shop’s Mario Schmidt.

“It was very important that the sound would be neutral and uncoloured, while the familiarity of the Yamaha workflow to visiting engineers was also an advantage.”

Being primarily a classical and opera venue, most Festspielhaus productions feature numerous microphones, so the onboard Dan Dugan automixing and high quality EQs are further features that make the CL5 an excellent solution, along with the exceptional flexibility of the Dante audio networking.

“With the CL5, mix engineers have a flexible and very well-appointed system which is intuitive and quick to use. These are important factors for what can be very complex productions,” says Mario. “Most importantly, audiences will continue to enjoy very high quality sound. We are very happy to have supplied an solution that will serve for many years as a platform for the continuing success of Festspielhaus Baden-Baden.”