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APG system for Django festival benefit

A massive concert organised to help ensure the future of the Django d’Or International Jazz Awards Festival featured an APG sound system supplied by rental specialist Alpha Audio.

A massive concert organised to help ensure the future of the Django d’Or International Jazz Awards Festival featured an APG sound system supplied by rental specialist Alpha Audio.

Designed to promote new talent in the spirit of legendary guitarist Django Reinhardt, the Django d’Or event is a staple of the European jazz calendar. But in 2010 its future was threatened when a massive warehouse fire destroyed nearly two decades’ worth of archive material. To shore up the event’s future, the organisation decided to hold a benefit concert, with Alpha Audio supplying audio equipment.

The concert took place at the Pavillon Balthard in Paris with performers including Didier Lockwood, Rhoda Scott, and David and Noé Reinhardt. Alpha Audio supplied a Uniline system as the main PA, comprising six UL210s, three UL115Bs and a TB218S sub per side supplemented by two UL210D cabinets for front-fill. Twelve DX12s formed the stage monitor system.

“This event was proof once again of APG’s efficiency and ability to react quickly. I couldn’t have done it without their support,” said Alpha Audio’s Philippe Marliengeas. “The audience was made up for the large part of musicians and jazz aficionados (who are notoriously difficult to please!) They nevertheless complimented the precision of the system under the most difficult conditions – 30 groups, 14 of which did a soundcheck, and over 90 musicians (all of whom are regulars on the international jazz circuit) in 12 hours of non-stop mixing from the start of the soundcheck to the end of the show. Uniline proved itself throughout as a system of the highest fidelity. Where jazz is concerned, precision, clarity and transparency are of paramount importance – APG’s Uniline system delivers all of that and with plenty of power to boot!”

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