Jazz à Vannes grooves with APG

The line up this year included Marcus Miller

11 October 2012

France - It's been a busy summer/autumn for the Uniline Solution rental network, with events and festivals of all types and sizes taking place throughout Europe. One such festival was Jazz à Vannes, now in its 33rd year and an absolute must on the European jazz circuit. The line up this year featured the likes of Marcus Miller, Malia, the Kyle Eastwood Band, the Jacky Terrason Trio and many more.

Rental company and jazz specialists, Studio Sextan, were in charge of the audio requirements for the festival. They supplied an APG Uniline system as the PA for the main stage in the Jardins de Limur complete with a DX Series stage monitor system and two Innovason Sy48 consoles at FoH and monitors.

For Studio Sextan's Vincent Mahey, Jazz à Vannes is an annual fixture. "I've been doing this festival for 23 years now," he remarked. "On the one hand it's very familiar; on the other, it's exciting to witness and to be a part of all the changes and developments that have taken place over the years, not least amongst the sound systems we have supplied, to make the festival what it is today."

Mahey recalled that this is now the fifth year that Studio Sextan has supplied an APG system, the last three of which have been with Uniline. The last two years have also seen a DX Series stage monitor system. "Every year we make a few minor adjustments to the configuration, but we've basically hit on the right formula now," said Mahey. "As I've said time and time again, Uniline has proved to be an excellent system for us. I like the natural, transparent sound and the complete lack of distortion, even when driven hard. Frequency response and directivity control are both excellent and the modularity of the system makes it easy to design a configuration that will achieve smooth and even coverage throughout the listening area, whatever its shape and size."

The particularity of the Jardins de Limur stage at Jazz à Vannes, for example, is the depth and steep rake of the seating. "The seating area isn't very wide, but it's long," confirmed Mahey. "The seats furthest from the stage are a good 60-70m away, and quite high up, so we opted for a fairly big configuration to make sure that we could comfortably achieve the coverage and sound quality we were looking for."

The system comprised L&R hangs of seven UL210, three UL115 and one UL210D down-fill each, supplemented by four TB218 subs under the front of the stage and two DX15 front-fills. Mahey placed a further two TB218 subs below the seats about two-thirds up the rake for extra sub-bass reinforcement.

In terms of stage monitors, Sextan supplied 12 APG DX12 and 6 x DX15. "The DXs are now a fundamental part of our inventory," said Mahey. "The artists we work with regularly are always pleased to see DXs on stage - and it has to be said that jazz musicians are amongst the most difficult to please when it comes to monitors - and those that haven't come across them before are quickly converted. Excellent sound quality, compact, versatile - what more could you want?"

(Jim Evans)

 

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