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Meyer Sound Celebrates 20 Years of Sponsorship at 40th Montreux Jazz Festival

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"We first met Claude Nobs when John and I lived in Switzerland while he was working at the Institute for Advanced Musical Studies and Claude was promoting shows in Switzerland. We watched him build the Montreux Jazz Festival as we built Meyer Sound, and one day Claude called us saying he needed better sound for the festival. We were delighted to help then, and now, 20 years later, it is still a pleasure and an honor for us."

- Helen Meyer
Executive Vice President, Meyer Sound

For the first two weeks of July, the entire universe of popular music — from rock and jazz to hip-hop and reggae — converges on a single point: Montreux, Switzerland. Here, for the 40th time since 1966, the incomparable Montreux Jazz Festival will present 16 unforgettable days and nights of indoor and outdoor concerts in a stunning setting nestled between mountain peaks and Lake Geneva. More than a quarter million music lovers from around the globe are expected to attend this year's festival to hear 200-plus international artists spanning the music world from Abdullah Ibrahim to Zucchero and from Donovan to the Deftones.

John Meyer and Claude Nobs.

This year also marks the 20th anniversary of Meyer Sound's official sound sponsorship of the festival. Approximately 370 of the company's self-powered loudspeakers, supplied by six different Swiss and French hire companies, are deployed for sound reinforcement throughout the festival's venues, ranging from the gracefully arcing curvilinear arrays in the capacious 3,500-capacity Stravinski Hall down to more modest systems for the workshop rooms and press center.

"We first met Claude Nobs when John and I lived in Switzerland while he was working at the Institute for Advanced Musical Studies and Claude was promoting shows in Switzerland," says Meyer Sound Executive Vice President Helen Meyer. "We watched him build the Montreux Jazz Festival as we built Meyer Sound, and one day Claude called us saying he needed better sound for the festival. We were delighted to help then, and now, 20 years later, it is still a pleasure and an honor for us."

Miles Davis Hall (1999)

The large equipment, artist, and audience numbers are impressive, but small is beautiful as well, as exemplified by the sound system at the 1,000-seat Casino Barrière, the smallest of the festival's three major venues, where audiences will delight in the Montreux debut of the newest and smallest member of the MILO family, the M'elodie ultracompact high-power curvilinear array loudspeaker. The main casino system comprises 16 M'elodie cabinets and four 600-HP compact high-power subwoofers, along with several UltraSeries cabinets to fill in at the sides and corners.

"In addition to the casino system, we are introducing M'elodie as the main system at the Parc Vernex outdoor site and for fill to supplement the MILOs in the big Stravinski Hall system," notes Patrick Vogelsang, audio director for the festival and also managing director of Niveau2 MediaSystems, Meyer Sound's distributor for Switzerland. "Judging from what we have already heard from this wonderful little system, I'm certain the audiences and sound engineers will be impressed with its performance."

Stravinski Hall (1999)

Artists taking the stage at Casino Barrière in 2006 include Van Morrison, Al Jarreau, Chick Corea, and Diana Krall.

At the Parc Vernex outdoor stage, a robust system of 12 M'elodie cabinets covers most of the audience in the expansive lawn area, supplemented by bass boost from four 600-HP subwoofers and fill for the near corner from some UltraSeries units.

From smallest to largest, the Meyer Sound systems at Montreux maintain the same level of quality, with configurations simply scaled to the size of venue and style of music. So it's not surprising that the "heavy lifting" at Stravinski Hall, where the Black-Eyed Peas, Santana, and Iggy & the Stooges take the stage, is delegated to M'elodie's big brother, the MILO high-power curvilinear array loudspeaker. The main left and right arrays comprise 10 MILO cabinets each, with eight 700-HP ultrahigh-power subwoofers, arranged to create a cardioid effect, kicking in the deep bass. A center array of four MICA compact high-power curvilinear arrays puts plenty of punch in the middle of the wide hall. Additional fill and delay subsystems utilize 600-HP subwoofers and assorted UltraSeries cabinets, in addition to M'elodie.

Another Meyer Sound product making its Montreux debut in 2006 is the Galileo loudspeaker management system, which will be used at both Stravinski Hall and Casino Barrière. All performance systems were designed using the MAPP Online Pro acoustical prediction program and calibrated with a SIM 3 audio analyzer. A SIM 3 unit remains in residence at Stravinski Hall during all performances. "With the combination of the Galileo 616 processor, its Compass control software, MAPP Online Pro and SIM, our job is completed faster and with more accurate results," comments Vogelsang, "which is exactly what we're looking for!"

Stravinski Hall (2005)

In Montreux's mid-sized Miles Davis Hall, the MICA compact high-power curvilinear array loudspeaker anchors the main system. Arrays of eight MICA cabinets per side are augmented by eight 700-HP subwoofers. Supplementary fill systems here include CQ-1 wide coverage main loudspeakers, MSL-4 horn-loaded long-throw loudspeakers, 650-P high-power subwoofers, and smaller UltraSeries units. Among the cutting-edge artists slated for this venue are Price Buster, the Deftones and Tracy Chapman. Stage wedges at Miles Davis Hall, as well as at other festival sites, are UM-1P narrow coverage stage monitors, USM-1P extended range narrow coverage stage monitors. Prototypes of a new stage monitor in development will also make an appearance at some sites.

The Rouvenez, Jazz Club, Bar Pub, Leman A and B (workshops), Press Center, Loge Claude Nobs, Terrasse, and Jazz Festival Boat venues will also feature Meyer Sound systems, primarily based on compact UltraSeries cabinets and 650-P subwoofers. The boat will additionally employ some MSL-4 cabinets.

Companies supplying Meyer Sound systems for 2006 are Dispatch of France, and the Swiss-based firms Hyperson, LPS Sonorisations, Axcess, Skynight, and Megasound.

"This year marks several special occasions," observes Vogelsang. "It's not only the 40th year of the festival and Meyer Sound's 20th year as sound supplier, but it's also the 70th birthday year of festival founder Claude Nobs. It has become a unique and special relationship between Claude and Meyer Sound. Obviously, Claude Nobs has found in Meyer Sound all that he needs to support the festival's music, including performance quality that is respected by the artists, superior technical support, and systems that are always at the forefront of audio evolution."

June, 2006

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Products used in:

Stravinski Hall

MILO
MICA
M1D
M'elodie
700-HP
600-HP
UPA-2P
UM-1P
USM-1P
USW-1P
Galileo
SIM 3

Miles Davis

MICA
700-HP
650-P
CQ-1
MSL-4
UM-1P
UPA-2P
USM-1P
USW-1P
Galileo
SIM 3

Parc Vernex

M’elodie
600-HP
UPA-2P

Casino Barriere

M’elodie
600HP
UM-1P
USM-1P
UPA-1P
UPA-2P
USW-1P
Galileo

Rouvenez

650-P
UPA-P

Bar Pub

UPJ-1P
UPM-1P
USW-1P

Jazz Café

650-P
CQ-1
UM-1P
UPA-1P
UPA-2P
USM-1P 

Terrasse

650-P
UPA-1P

Club

UPA-1P 

Leman A and B (workshops)

UPA-1P
USW-1P 

Press Center

UPM-1P

Loge Claude Nobs

UPM-1P 

Jazz Festival Boat

MSL-4
650-P

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