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Prestigious Montreal Performance Venue Upgrades to Yamaha CL5

BUENA PARK, Calif. (April 18, 2017)—Located in the historic Blumenthal Building at the corner of Ste. Catherine St. and the Place des Festivals in Montreal, L’Astral has established itself as a prime entertainment destination. With an acoustic and visual design configuration offering intimacy and optimal sightlines, the theatre offers the finest possible conditions for staging a show in any genre. Part of the Maison du Festival, L’Astral and its complementary areas offer a variety of versatile and modern spaces and layouts. With traditional theatre style seating, the main theatre accommodates 300 people, and standing room for 600. L’Astral is one of the location venues for the Montreal Jazz Festival, the largest jazz festival in the world.

The theatre recently added a Yamaha CL5 Digital Audio Console to compliment its existing Yamaha M7CL. Solotech of Montreal was responsible for the addition of the Yamaha CL5 accompanied by a Rio3224-D input/output box, two Ri8-D input boxes, and one Ro8-D output box.

L’Astral is busy most nights with musical entertainment from pop and rock, to classical and, of course, jazz. There are several television shows featuring a live studio audience that broadcast from the theatre three days per week, eight months out of the year.

“We chose the Yamaha CL5 because of rider acceptance, reliability, and the 25-bus plus matrix, states Stephane Gauthier, technical director. The théâtre has a Yamaha M7CL that we retrofitted with Dante cards and now use as the monitor console, so familiarity also played a rôle. The Dante protocol is a nice feature that is appreciated by visiting engineers.” 

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