Yamaha Helps Deliver Comprehensive Workshop On Small Venue Live Sound


22nd November sees audio engineers from across Europe converging on Cologne, Germany, where Yamaha Music Europe is one of four leading audio manufacturers and suppliers working closely together to deliver a Live Mixing Workshop, focusing on the challenges of live sound in small venues.

The workshop is part of the Association of German Sound Engineers biennial Tonmeistertagung (Audio Engineers Convention), which this year takes place from 22nd - 25th November at the Koelnmesse Congress-Centrum Nord. The event is being held in Cologne for the first time, around 500km (310 miles) west of its previous location in Leipzig, which the organisers are confident will attract many more delegates from western Germany, as well as international visitors from the BeNeLux countries, France and the UK.

Organised by audio specialists Neumann & Müller Veranstaltungstechnik, in partnership with Yamaha Music Europe, Sennheiser and d&b audiotechnik, the Live Mixing Workshop will examine drawing up a sound concept for clubs and small halls and looking at the best way to manage audio in such venues. It takes place from 2-6pm at the Vulkanhalle, a former streetlight factory now transformed into one of the city’s most popular multi-function venues.


Yamaha technical staff will be present together with a CL series system which will help the practical exploration of a number of themes. These will include the creation of audio concepts, the resources sound technicians have at their disposal, speech intelligibility, how backline and monitors affect the FOH mix in smaller venues and others.

Live band Drew Flanagan and the Blackbombers will be on hand, enabling direct comparisons of how different setups affect the overall mix - for example left-right bass versus bass array; in-ear monitoring versus wedge monitoring; heavy backdrop versus smooth wall as stage background and others.


“The Live Mixing Workshop is an unprecedented opportunity for sound engineers to take part in practical demonstrations of how to manage the many audio challenges that small venues present,” says Stefan Zeiger, Commercial Audio Product Manager at Yamaha Music Europe GmbH.

“With the combined technical knowledge of the staff from all four companies involved, it is going to be the most comprehensive and informative practical seminar about live sound in small venues yet staged.”

Yamaha Commercial Audio is a world leader in the manufacture and supply of professional audio products for a wide range of applications including live sound reinforcement, post production, recording, worship and broadcast.  With a world-wide presence, Yamaha’s Commercial Audio subsidiaries and dealer networks provide comprehensive local services backed by a global Yamaha CA support policy.