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Interview with Montreux Jazz Festival Monitor Mixer Stephen Thorneycroft
July 4, 1998
Stephen Thorneycroft has worked in the professional audio trade for more than three decades as a musician, tour manager, front-of-house mixer and monitor engineer. His enormous client list reads like a who's-who of touring acts and includes B. B. King, Ohio Players, and Johnny Cash to name just a few.
Q: What do you think of the new subs, the PSW-6 ?
Q: What does that mean for your work?
Q: What about the monitors; do you have anything to say about those?
I have to use a variety of speakers because we have a variety of music. Everything from older jazz artists, who don't want monitors, but they'll need them if they come here. It's a very dead room, carpeted stage, so they are going to need them. They want something small and discrete, then you move up into different kinds of music where you need bigger, louder monitors. Then there are the extremes of heavy-metal music, and dub where you need massive amounts of bass on the stage, for some obscure reason, so you end up using MSL-4s with seriously deaf people. I need a variety of monitor cabinets, and this new system means I'm not swapping controllers and amps. This system is made up of components from different countries, I've got some cabinet, some 16 amp c-forms, I've got Swiss mains boards, French mains boards. It's a constant struggle battle to try and keep the right lead on the right connector, otherwise very, very good. I'm most impressed.
Q: How long have you been coming here, to Montreux?
Q: Have you worked with Meyer Gear at other places?
Meyer Sound: Thanks for taking the time to talk to us.
Thorneycroft: Wonderful. Thank you.