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Meyer Sound provides sound system support for 56th Montreux Jazz Festival

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In the first two weeks of July, music lovers once again gather on the shores of Lake Geneva for the Montreux Jazz Festival. This summer, the festival returned as an iconic music event with a series of concerts, DJ performances, film shows and seminars. Meyer Sound, a strategic partner and official sound equipment supplier for the Montreux Festival for 36 years, also returned to the festival and went all out for it, providing a total of nearly 300 speakers for 12 indoor and outdoor venues of various sizes.

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Most of the blockbuster concerts were held in the 4000-seat Stravinski Concert Hall, which this year was even more distinguished by the first indoor concert using Meyer Sound's new system, the PANTHER large linear array speaker sound reinforcement system. With its excellent sound quality and perfect match to the acoustic environment of the hall, PANTHER quickly won wide acclaim.

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Martin Reich, who is responsible for the coordination of the music festival's sound system at Audio Consulting, said: "PANTHER tuning is a pure pleasure. The system is very precise, consistent and smooth, especially in the mid-to-high frequency range. At the same time, it has an excellent linear response-which is my favorite thing about the system's performance, regardless of the size of the mix." Martin Reich also worked as FOH mixer for Westerman and Gregory Porter.

Bob Coke, who has tuned for Jeff Beck and special guest Johnny Depp, marveled: "PANTHER system is amazing! It made me feel like I was in a studio near-field monitor. All the sounds were legible, including all the corrected EQ (equalization adjustment) I had saved in the mixer channel during the last performance. Thanks to Martin and José for ensuring the consistency of the system during installation, so that any position in the venue sounds the same."

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Marco Gü ntensperger, the music festival production manager, praised the upgraded system even before it was launched. He said: "What impressed me most at first glance is that it is especially suitable for the box size of the music festival. This is very important for an environment like Stravinski concert hall, and PANTHER is the best example of maximizing the advantages of the main expansion system."

Martin Reich believes that compared with the previous system, the benefits of reducing the weight of the PANTHER box are immediate. He said: "The reduction in the weight of the main expansion array enables us to increase the number of ultra-low frequency speakers hanging behind it, which helps us better control the low frequency."

Each of the two groups of pre-main expansion arrays in the Stravinksi Concert Hall consists of 12 PANTHER speakers, of which the upper part is 8 PANTHER-L long projection type and the lower part is 4 PANTHER-W wide coverage type. In addition, it is equipped with 14 1100-LFC low frequency control units, 6 900-LFC low frequency control units, 4 ULTRA-X40 and 4 ULTRA-X20 compact speakers, and 8 LINA compact line array speakers.

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  在 Stravinski 音乐厅演出的艺人还包括 A-ha, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Bjork(与Sinfonetta de Lausanne合作), Diana Ross, Dutronc and Dutronc, Van Morrison 和 Herbie Hancock。

Another ticket-buying venue, the Montreux Jazz Lab, brings together many innovative and imaginative emerging musicians, including Stormzy, Loyle Carner, Phoebe Bridgers, Girl in Red and Mitski.

The remaining 10 Meyer Sound systems are deployed in major indoor and outdoor stages, clubs and specialized venues, and consist of a total of 25 different models of Meyer Sound speakers, including current new products and hot models that are still popular in the market. The return system for the main stage artists consists of a total of 40 MJF series stage monitor speakers, and the name "MJF" also reflects the role of the Montreux Jazz Festival in promoting the development of speakers.

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Most free venues use matching line array or point source sound reinforcement systems to present live music or DJ performances, and some unique applications in other venues highlight the cutting-edge audio technology of Meyer Sound.

For example, the library houses a vinyl recording studio equipped with Meyer Sound's exquisite Blue Horn (Bluehorn System) studio monitor speakers. Blue horn uses advanced digital processing technology and proprietary algorithms, which can accurately and smoothly reproduce the phase response of the full frequency band in the music signal.

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The cinema, which played concert videos from previous festivals and showed tributes to David Bowie, Nick Cave and festival founder Claude Nobs, was equipped with 11 Meyer Sound speakers, including ULTRA-X40, ULTRA-X20 speakers and a 900-LFC low frequency control unit. The Meyer Sound Spacemap Go space sound design and mixing tool can be used with the GALAXY 816 network platform processor to provide dynamic sound or immersive sound effects as needed.

Martin Reich said: "I would like to thank Meyer Sound again for their support over the years, because it is their support that has made Montreux one of the most beautiful music festivals in the world."

Marco Gü ntensperger added: "We are all looking forward to the cooperation with Meyer Sound in the 2023 Montreux Festival."

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