Old Meets New As Yamaha Mixes It Up In Innsbruck
A multi-million Euro renovation and upgrade of the Congress und Messe Innsbruck (CMI) - one of Austria’s premier exhibition and event venues - has seen partial demolition and rebuilding of the venue combined with state-of-the-art refurbishment.
A flexible Yamaha digital audio system is on hand to satisfy the audio requirements of any event. Combining brand new spaces with historic, protected structures (Hall B dates back to 1893), the €28.4 million project has seen the IEC given a 21st century makeover, now featuring seven (660 - 5700m2) halls and six (60 - 1300m2) conference rooms.
At the heart of the project is a centralised information system and Ethersound network, specified and installed by PKE Electronics AG.
A Yamaha M7CL-48ES digital mixing console, three SB168-ES stage boxes, an NAI48-ES Ethersound interface, MY8ADDA96 interface and Yamaha’s StageMix iPad app have been supplied. The M7CL and stage boxes can plugged into the Ethersound network at any point, allowing them to be used in any of the exhibition or conference rooms, foyers as well as the venue’s two restaurants.
“We have a lot of experience with Yamaha products and knew that the portability of the M7CL and SB168-ES would provide the CMI with an innovative and versatile solution,” said Markus Oberluggauer of PKE.
Already having enjoyed a global profile in 2012 as a venue for the first Winter Youth Olympics, CMI is in constant use for a wide range of events - from exhibitions and corporate conferences to live concerts and sport. The audio system is in use virtually every day and, as Markus notes, this meant that it had to be ultra-reliable.
“There is very little time to repair equipment and so using Yamaha equipment meant that the owners, Congress und Messe Innsbruck GmbH, had the confidence that it would cope with the constant demands on the system. This helps to ensure that the organisations who book events at the IEC are happy and will return again,” he said.
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