Shure has just celebrated its 20th consecutive year as the Montreux Jazz Festival’s Official Technical Partner for Microphones & Wireless Systems.
As in recent years, Shure EMEA supplied almost the complete range of current Shure microphones to Montreux 2013’s many venues, including the jazz clubs, bars, theatre stages, the so-called ‘rock caves’, and the floating stages on boats on the lake. Press office and internal broadcast crews also used Shure products.
In total, over 1,500 individual items of Shure kit were used at the two-week festival on Lake Geneva, from familiar wired vocal standards (SM57 and SM58), to the latest ULX-D digital wireless microphone systems and the analogue/digital hybrid Axient package. PSM900 and PSM1000 in-ear monitoring systems were also widely in use.
Following the close of the 2013 festival, Michael Wolf, technical support manager at Shure Europe, said: “The total Shure wireless count was quite considerable this year. During the three nights with Prince, we used 18 channels of Axient and 10 channels of PSM1000 in-ear monitoring. All mics on stage were Shure. There were several additional evenings where all the mics and wireless gear was Shure, including Bobby Womack, Wyclef Jean, and Randy Crawford.”
Other acts on this year’s bill included Joe Cocker, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Richie Hawtin, Green Day, Leonard Cohen and Kraftwerk. It was the 47th edition of the lakeside festival, originally created by Claude Nobs who died in February of this year following a skiing accident. Loudspeaker manufacturer Meyer Sound have a relationship with Montreux that famously stretches back to the ‘70s.