Stories and Interviews from the Montreux Jazz Festival
For the 11th year in a row, Meyer Sound will join forces with Claude Nobs, founder and organizer of the Montreux Jazz Festival, to bring the most technically innovative sound system available to the Festival. For the first time, the systems for all four house venues -- the Stravinski Auditorium, Miles Davis Hall, the Jazz Café, and the Festival Off-- will be entirely self-powered. This translates to less equipment potentially blocking sight lines, and higher quality audio performance for the enjoyment of the audiences.
Supplying the sound systems for three halls and the outdoor café gives us the perfect testing ground for our engineering team. We bring together a stellar crew of veteran audio engineers and our newest equipment, with outstanding musicians in this phenomenally beautiful setting.
This year's line-up includes the PSW-6, the UPA-1P, MSL-4s, CQs, HM-1s and a planeload of other equipment. John Meyer, Mark Johnson, Dave Dennison, James Bamlett and many others make Switzerland their home for the month of July as they put together one of the world's greatest music festivals.
Self-Powered loudspeakers are all-in-one self-contained products which contain the amplifer and control electronics within the speaker cabinet. John Meyer, President and Founder of Meyer Sound, explains, "This amazing technical achievement results in a better sounding, better performing loudspeaker delivering studio monitor quality with even the largest reinforcement systems."
The inspiration towards self-powered loudspeakers has become increasingly popular in the last five years as engineers and audiences have come to realize the benefits. In the 1996 issue, Mix Magazine remarked, "The self-powered speakers mark a new beginning for both Meyer and the live sound industry."
This opinion is shared by other professional audio reporters as well. Trevor Cronin, of Audio Technology Magazine, writes in the publication's premier issue in 1996, "The trend has now been well accepted by the industry with self-powered speakers for monitoring and concert sound...."
A HISTORICAL BENCHMARK FOR AUDIO...AND FOR THE FESTIVAL
Additionally, Meyer is introducing the PSW-6 subwoofer to Montreux and to all of Europe for the first time. Not just any subwoofer, the PSW-6 is the very first working directional subwoofer in history. Montreux Jazz performers this year will appreciate exceptionally clean sound and more manageable volume on stage, and the audience will discover clearer audio quality than ever before.
Traditional subwoofers are omni-directional, meaning that they send out sound energy in all directions and cannot be controlled. This results in a frustrating amount of low frequencies on the stage, leakage into the microphones, muddied sound quality and unnecessarily high volume. The PSW-6, however, has a unique design that cancels out the low frequencies behind the cabinet and directs them only towards the audience.
MEYER... A REPUTATION FOR QUALITY WORLDWIDE
Over the last twenty years, Meyer Sound has built an enviable reputation for quality engineering and product design. Their products are preferred in the most prestigious installations and events around the globe including Expo '98 in Lisbon, Portugal: the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, USA: Carnegie Hall in New York City, USA: the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Sweden: the Troendelag Theater in Trondheim, Norway: the the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco, USA: and Celine Dion's 1998 World Tour.