Popular Dutch Broadcaster Upgrades With Yamaha

Broadcasting pop and rock music throughout the Netherlands, an important part of radio station NPO 3FM’s output is live performances, which take place at its studios in Hilversum. The station has recently installed a QL5 digital console, continuing its long-term use of Yamaha mixing solutions.

3FM is an important radio station in the portfolio of Netherlands national public broadcaster NPO, broadcasting music 24/7 to a large youth audience. It is broadcast from studios at Hilversum’s Media Park, which comprise three main areas - the DJ broadcast studio, a main control room which can house larger events and a room for live performances.

The technical infrastructure is managed by Red Bee Media (RBM), a company which works with many Dutch television and radio facilities.

For the past five years, a Yamaha LS9-32 mixing console with SB168-ES stage boxes has been used in the live room, flawlessly mixing performances by a wide variety of contemporary artists.

However, with technology in the broadcast industry moving very quickly, an upgrade was now required. After testing and evaluation by RBM, a Yamaha QL5 mixing console with Rio3224-D stage box chosen for the new system.

Supplied by Winterswijk-based Soundsolution - which has long experience with Yamaha’s digital mixing solutions - the QL5 and Rio3224-D combination was the ideal upgrade for 3FM. Thanks to its excellent sound quality, flexibility, reliability and familiar user interface for any performer’s audio engineer, it delivered a very high quality solution for the allocated budget.

Hilversum, Netherland