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Montreux Jazz Festival Sounds Great with Meyer

FOH Staff • International News • July 18, 2007

MONTREUX, SWITZERLAND — The Montreux Jazz Festival, located on the shore of Lake Geneva, is currently presenting its 41st edition through July 21. Since 1986, Meyer Sound has been the official sound provider for the festival, supplying sound systems for its many venues, including Auditorium Stravinski, Miles Davis Hall, Parc Vernex, Miles Davis Hall Club and more. 

The sound system for the festival's largest venue, Auditorium Stravinski, features Meyer Sound's self-powered MILO high-power curvilinear array loudspeaker and 700-HP ultrahigh-power subwoofer; Miles Davis Hall has a system based on the MICA compact high-power curvilinear array loudspeaker and the 700-HP. More Meyer Sound products are being used in other venues throughout the festival.

The festival's 16-day run encompasses the huge array of styles for which it has become known, offering performances ranging from jazz giants like Chick Corea and Gary Burton to rock artists like Wilco, Jeff Beck, and GRAMMY-winner Norah Jones to international favorites such as Youssou N'Dour and Cacau Brasil. The festival's venues are spread between three main buildings, outdoor performance areas, the Young Planet youth club, and "venues on the move": buses, boats, and trains hosting performances.
Over the years, Meyer Sound has taken advantage of the stylistic variety at the festival as an opportunity to try out prototypes, debut new products, and get feedback from artists and engineers in many genres. The MJF-212A high-power stage monitor, named in tribute to the festival, made its first appearance, in prototype form, at last year's festival and has been used this year on major tours, including those by Rod Stewart, Norah Jones, Dave Matthews Band, and Steely Dan. This year, festival artists are again hearing themselves through the MJF-212A.
"Meyer Sound's sponsorship of the Montreux Jazz Festival has been very valuable in allowing us to interact closely with musicians and engineers working in all styles and at many levels," says Meyer Sound Executive Vice President Helen Meyer.


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