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Dante and Yamaha Present Immersive Live Performance Experience at Kani City Cultural Creation Center

Dante and Yamaha Present Immersive Live Performance Experience at Kani City Cultural Creation Center

SYDNEY, Australia, July 10, 2024 — Kani is a city in south-central Gifu Prefecture, Japan. With a population of about 100,000, Kani is known for its numerous golf courses, which cover almost 10% of the city’s total area, located in the eastern part of the city. At the heart of the city is the Kani City Culture Creation Center. Built to serve as the city’s social focal point, the Kani City Culture Creation Center sees itself not as an arts center but as a “people’s house” filled with people’s memories, and encourages socially inclusive theater management that fosters connections. The venue was built to present community activities, including large-scale performances featuring local talent, community-building workshops, and those that nurture performing artists and community arts workers.

The main theatre of Kani City Cultural Creation Centre is designed for live theatre performances with an acoustic reflection pattern with a short reverberation time of approximately 1.6 seconds. In early 2024, the venue hosted an event where contemporary dance was performed with an orchestra. The performance featured dancers on stage, while the orchestra sat in an orchestra pit at the front of the stage, which was raised from the pit floor to stage level at different times during the performance. The event challenged venue staff to find a way to enhance the experience for the audience, as the theatre’s acoustic reflectors and additional curtain decorations used in the performance would absorb sound significantly and would not provide a rich, reverberant and immersive atmosphere. The acoustic and sound engineers saw this as an opportunity to enhance the sound experience for the audience, and reached out to Yamaha to use the famous Yamaha. Active Field Control (AFC) Immersive Sound System this is a voice Dante’s web.

“The AFC system is based on the assumption that all signals from the AFC engine and digital mixer to the processor are transmitted via Dante,” said Hayato Ikeda, sound engineer at the Kani City Cultural Creation Center. “This theater has permanent sound equipment that is fully compatible with Dante, from the Yamaha digital mixer to the power amplifiers, so we were able to try AFC.”

The detailed, dimensional regenerative electronic reverberation control capabilities of Yamaha’s AFC Enhance were used to create acoustic spaces in the theater where acoustic images were positioned and controlled by AFC Image. For AFC Enhance, two rows of four microphones were suspended from the ceiling to pick up natural sound in the theater, and Ikeda used this sound to manipulate and create consistent resonance throughout the room, regardless of the orchestra pit location. For AFC Image, 37 microphones were placed in the orchestra pit, and seven boundary microphones were mounted onstage for the dancers. The microphones in the pit were primarily aimed at the string instruments, reinforcing sections of the performance where the strings would have difficulty reaching the audience when the orchestra pit was lowered. The microphone inputs were passed to a Yamaha QL5 digital mixer for EQ before being amplified through 37 NEXO speakers positioned throughout the theater and sent to the AFC engine for spatial processing.

The spatial sound experience delivered during the performance was transformative and felt very natural—so natural that Ikeda felt “weird” when he turned off AFC Enhance during rehearsals. There were also no complaints from the musicians or the maestro, who are very strict about sound quality, which was a confirmation in itself.

“We made full use of Dante during the show, transmitting data from all 52 microphones through Dante-enabled Yamaha digital mixers and the AFC engine and sending them to the amplifiers,” Ikeda said. “This performance would have been nearly impossible without Dante.”

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Audinate Group Limited (ASX:AD8) has a vision to pioneer the future of AV. Audinate’s award-winning Dante AV over IP networking solution is the world leader and is widely used in the professional live sound, commercial installation, broadcast, public address and recording industries. Dante replaces traditional analogue cabling by transmitting perfectly synchronised AV signals across vast distances to multiple locations simultaneously, using nothing more than an Ethernet cable. Audinate is headquartered in Australia, with regional offices in the United States, the United Kingdom, Belgium and Hong Kong. Dante technology powers products available from hundreds of leading audio and video partners worldwide. The company’s common shares trade on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) under the ticker symbol AD8.

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