Poland’s biggest New Year celebration uses Yamaha mixing consoles

The Polish city of Wroclaw used six Yamaha digital mixing consoles whilst ushering in 2012 during the biggest New Year’s celebration in the country.

Poland has been acutely aware that since being selected to co-host the UEFA Euro 2012 international football championships with Ukraine much attention will be focused on its ability to handle large events. The Wroclaw New Year’s event did not disappoint.

Wroclaw always organises a New Year’s Eve (Sylwester in Polish) celebration in its Market Square. However, with Euro 2012 just around the corner in June and July there was a further incentive to ensure that the event was the best it could be.

The event was hosted by television presenters Grazyna Torbicka and Hubert Urbanski. In total, the event featured over 15 different live bands from across Europe.

Polish acts such as Vavamuffin, Kayah, Zakopower, T. Love, LUC and Urszula Dudziak—all big names in Poland—entertained the crowds alongside the cast of the Polish-language production of Hair.

Furthermore, these local artists were joined by Senegal’s Pako Sarr, London’s Dub Pistols, Basque’s Oreka TX and Croatia, Bosnia and Russia’s Las Balkanieras female singing trio.

Clearly, with such diverse acts as well as an enthusiastic 220,000 crowd and millions more watching on television, getting the audio system spot-on was critical.

The task was given to Wojciech Lipczynski from Kraków-based sound company, Audio-Tech.

“There were two major challenges for us,” explained Lipczynski. “The first was the very fast changeovers needed between acts and the second was that the consoles had to be extremely reliable.”

Lipczynski decided upon six Yamaha digital mixing systems. For front-of-house (FOH) duty he used two PM5D-RH consoles and one LS9-32. In addition, he used two M7CL-48s and one PM1D as monitors.

The setting up of the rig was helped by the use of Yamaha’s StageMix iPad app.

The overall system was set-up so that the bands’ FOH engineers could switch between the two PM5D-RH systems. As one was being used by the main performers the other was being readied for the next act.

Meanwhile, the LS9-32 was used for all the remaining inputs not directly connected to the live bands. Thus the presenters, local dignitaries, music that accompanied the midnight fireworks and the background music at the beginning/end of the event.

“For every important show we do Yamaha is the only choice,” continued Lipczynski. “That is for three reasons – reliability, reliability and reliability!”

“It was very important for Wroclaw’s Sylwester celebrations to happen without any problems,” added Commercial Audio Application Engineer at Yamaha Music Europe, Pawel Zachanowicz, “and the Yamaha mixing consoles played an important role in achieving that.”

“It was a really successful event,” continued Zachanowicz, “and a great way to start a year which will see much attention focused on Poland from throughout Europe.”