Located in the historic Blumenthal Building at the corner of Ste. Catherine St. and the Place des Festivals in Montreal, L’Astral has recently upgraded its audio systems with professional components from Yamaha.
Part of the Maison du Festival, L’Astral and its complementary areas offer a variety of versatile and modern spaces and layouts. With traditional theater style seating, the main theater accommodates 300 people, and standing room for 600.
L’Astral is also one of the location venues for the Montreal Jazz Festival, the largest jazz festival in the world.
The theater 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 theater 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 theater 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.”