The 2012 Montreux Jazz Festival, which ran from June 29 through July 14, welcomed various world-class artists and bands performing on 15 different stages. For the 19th consecutive year, Shure was the Official Technical Partner for Microphones and Wireless Systems.
Throughout the festival, Axient Wireless Systems were used on the main stage in the Auditorium Stravinski, including the “Freak Out Party” on July 13, where Chic, Mark Ronson, Groove Armada, Tavares, Ultra Naté, and others performed.
As in years past, Michael Wolf, Technical Support Manager for Shure EMEA, was responsible for frequency coordination and provided onsite technical support throughout the festival. In all, more than 1,400 Shure products were used, including 20 PSM1000 Personal Monitor Systems, 50 channels of UHF-R, and 16 channels of Axient Wireless.
“The Axient system is completely networked,” says Wolf. “Via Ethernet connection, I monitored the components with my laptop if I couldn’t be on-stage.
“The Wireless Workbench software offers a bunch of options, such as doing live frequency scans. I can change the transmitter’s audio gain setting without the need of physically holding it. I don’t need to chase the singer on stage and can adjust everything on the PC or the receiver.
“This was a huge advantage at the festival, where handhelds were used by various singers.”