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Annie Taylor performing at Scène du Lac at the Montreux Jazz Festival with reinforcement from Meyer Sound. Photo Credit: Marc Ducrest

Meyer Sound Returns To Support A Reimagined Montreux Jazz Festival

Offering a new audience experience as the principal venue moves outdoors to the shoreline of Lake Geneva, with systems utilizing LEOPARD line arrays, 900-LFC low-frequency elements, ULTRA-X40 loudspeakers and much more.

The Montreux Jazz Festival has launched its 55th edition (ongoing from July 2–17), with Meyer Sound returning for its 35th year as a Strategic Partner and Official Sound Provider. Although scaled back with fewer venues and lower capacities to meet local health and safety guidelines, the Swiss event nevertheless promises a new audience experience as the principal venue moves outdoors to the scenic shoreline of Lake Geneva.

“This year we reimagined the festival to adapt to the times,” says Marco Güntensperger, production manager for the festival. “It was a major challenge, so it was great to again collaborate with our longtime partner, Meyer Sound. Their team was instrumental in finding the best audio solutions, such as at the new Lake Stage, to ensure a great experience for artists and fans alike.”

Photo Credit: Emilien Itim

The system at the Lake Stage is based around Meyer Sound LEOPARD line arrays for the mains, with bass support from 900-LFC low-frequency control elements. ULTRA-X40 and ULTRA-X20 — the company’s newest point source loudspeakers — are deployed to cover the outer seating terraces. The Lake Stage, with seating for 500, hosts most of this year’s headline acts, including Camélia Jordana, Zucchero, Woodkid, and Ibrahim Maalouf.

“It feels great to be out doing live music again,” says José Gaudin, a Meyer Sound technical support specialist who also has mixed FOH for the festival since 2007. “The new Lake Stage is very impressive. When the sun sets over the lake with the concert going, it is an unbelievable experience. It was a challenge moving outside, but it was well worth the effort.”

More than 160 Meyer Sound self-powered loudspeakers and MJF Series stage monitors are deployed across the festival’s four venues. The second venue with paid admission, the Petit Theatre, seats 300 and features jazz and soul acts such as Bill Evans, Robben Ford, and The Paradox. For this venue, the LINA line arrays are augmented by 1100-LFC and 750-LFC low-frequency control elements with ULTRA-X40 loudspeakers for fill systems.

Photo Credit: Marc Ducrest

Two venues with free admission offer workshops and casual performances throughout the festival. The Grand Hall is equipped with ULTRA-X40 loudspeakers and 750-LFC elements for the main room, with ULTRA-X20 loudspeakers covering the outer corridor. The outdoor stage at the Palace Gardens accommodates up to 300 for impromptu acoustic showcases, with reinforcement provided by UPA-1P and UPJunior loudspeakers with 750-LFC elements and 500-HP subwoofers for low-frequency support.

“Having a partner like Meyer Sound for so many years has helped us focus on the new challenges we had this year,” says Martin Reich of audioconsulting ag, the festival’s sound coordinator. “We never had to worry about technical issues. Meyer Sound is always at hand, ready to help with whatever we think would add to audience satisfaction.”

Photo Credit: Emilien Itim

Audio systems were supplied by Skynight SA under the overall direction of Nicolas Walser with on-site project management by Goran Pajic. Additional assistance was provided by Eddy Broquet of Meyer Sound’s Swiss distributor, Tonspur.

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