Cultuur Centrum Brugge Makes Major Investment In Yamaha Mixing Consoles

The 150 year old Koningklijke Stadschouwburg (Royal City Theater) is the largest and most prestigious of five venues managed by Cultuur Centrum Brugge (CC Brugge) in the historic Belgian city. In late 2019 the organisation invested heavily in new Yamaha digital mixing systems for all venues, with eight CL and QL series digital mixing consoles, associated I/O racks and Ethernet switches installed on brand new Dante networks.

Opened in 1869, the 700-seat Koninklijke Stadschouwburg was originally designed as an elite temple of culture. Nowadays, together with the Magdalenazaal, De Biekorf, Daverlo and De Dijk theatres, it welcomes a diverse audience to a variety of modern theatre, live music, dance, seminars, movies, presentations and much more.

Philip Van Loo of PVL Sound & Light BV is a longtime supplier, consultant and project manager for CC Brugge. He introduced the organisation to Yamaha digital mixers many years ago with two 01V96 consoles. They was so successful that CC Brugge later invested in three Yamaha M7CL-48 digital mixers, which used the existing analogue infrastructure already installed in the venues.

All five of the Yamaha consoles have proved extremely reliable but, after extensive use for many years, CC Brugge wanted to modernise the audio systems and make the venues future-proof.

Philip Van Loo was again asked to advise on the project, recommending the installation of a Dante audio infrastructure in each venue because it was reliable, easy to install / manage and flexible. An important factor was the amount of equipment available that speaks Dante, giving the CC Brugge technical team the confidence that the investment would yield a long-term return.

After extensive market research and consultation, the CC Brugge technical team unanimously agreed that Yamaha was again the best mixing solution.

The Yamaha mixing systems for all five Cultuur Centrum Brugge venues at Koningklijke Stadschouwburg

“We have never had any issues or downtime with the existing Yamaha consoles,” say CC Brugge’s Patrick Maipauw. “Because we were looking to install a future-proof system, we wanted to expand our console portfolio with products that natively ‘talked Dante’, had pristine sound quality, were reliable and easy to use. We did some demonstrations and quickly came to conclusion that the only choice was Yamaha.”

All five CC Brugge venues were given a major upgrade, with Koningklijke Stadschouwburg, Magdalenazaal and Daverlo each receiving CL5 and QL1 digital consoles, Rio3224-D2 and Rio1608-D2 I/O racks and an SWP1-8 L2 network switch. A QL1 console, Rio1608-D2 and SWP1-8 were installed at De Biekorf, with a QL1 console added to De Dijk.

Highlighting the exceptional return on investment provided by Yamaha technology, all of the existing M7CL-48 and 01V96i digital consoles are still working perfectly. They were all retained, with Dante network cards allowing them to work seamlessly with the new systems.

“This is a great example of how to update the audio infrastructure of live venues,” says Philip. “The QL1s can easily be moved for added flexibility and, now that Dante is installed in all the venues, future expansion will be much more straightforward, with a wide range of equipment and options to chose from.

“CC Brugge also has the reassurance that the mixing systems deliver consistent, high quality sound, with absolute reliability.”

The Cultuur Centruum Brugge team, Philip van Loo (the sixth from left) and Yamaha staff with the Yamaha consoles

Brugge, Belgium

CL Series

Yamaha CL series digital mixing consoles represent a new level of refinement. They offer an evolved experience in accessible mixing, plus sonic purity with sound shaping capabilities that will give the most imaginative engineer unprecedented creative freedom. The CL series embodies the leading standards in live sound in their most advanced, most expressive form.

QL Series

QL series consoles offer all-in-one mixing, processing, and routing capability for small to medium scale live sound, corporate speech events, installations, and much more.

R Series (AD/DA): 2nd-generation

The second generation of R Series Dante-enabled I/O Racks (AD/DA) offers significant advances in sound, reliability, and visual status confirmation. Together with the CSD-R7 control surface, these I/O Racks are components of the RIVAGE PM7 Digital Mixing System. They can also be used with CL and QL series digital mixing consoles.


The SWP1 series network switch allows a Dante optimized setup and VLAN presets to be recalled by flipping DIP switches.