Shure Axient Wireless Management Network used for the 47th Montreux Jazz Festival
Flagship wireless microphone system inspires confidence and provides stellar audio performance
This year’s Montreux Jazz Festival took place from July 5 – 20 and hosted a galaxy of famous artists from all around globe, including Green Day, ZZ Top, The Hives, Prince and Sting, to name just a few. As in the past years, Shure was an official Technical Partner of the festival and responsible for all microphones, in-ear monitoring and wireless systems for the 16 different stages and locations. For the main stage in the Auditorium Stravinski, the Axient Wireless Management Network was the system of choice delivering flawless, interference-free performance.
Over 1.500 single Shure products were in use at the 47thJazz Festival including 18 channels Axient, 50 channels UHF-R, 22 channels PSM 1000, four channels PSM 900, and eight channels ULX-D.
James Drake, sound engineer responsible for the microphones and wireless systems on the Stravinski stage, was impressed by the extensive feature set and sound quality delivered by the Axient system.
“By far the top of the list of my favourite features is the spectrum scanning and management. During one show we experienced interference from a rogue transmitter but the performance was not affected in any way. Changing frequencies on the receiver and simultaneously on the transmitter is super quick. The fact that the scanner holds a list of spare frequencies to switch to is very comforting.” says Drake.
“What I would say is that the goal is for wireless to be transparent. The closer wireless mics get to the sound of wired mics, the closer we get to achieving this goal.” explains Drake."We work with many different touring engineers, we are in constant radio communication with the recording truck, and nobody questions the sound quality of the Axient system. Using the KSM9 for vocals is often requested and pairing this capsule with the Axient wireless offers the best possible combination."
The touring-grade rechargeable Li-Ion batteries and chargers deployed by Axient deliver real-time intelligence about power levels and charging histories. “The batteries are fantastic. First time that I am happy to go rechargeable and not ask for bulk boxes of ProCell.” adds Drake.
One of this year’s festival highlights was the performances of Prince on the nights of July 13 – 15 where he played two of the concerts with a big band. For these shows the production crew used all 18 channels of Axient and they performed without a hitch.
“By having the best tools available to do the job our level of confidence is higher, and so the general vibe on stage is just better.” mentions Drake. “The experience working with Axient was 100% positive; this is how wireless should work. I wish I could use the Axient system for every wireless gig.”
|Axient||Wireless management network offers a spectrum management suite to integrate spectrum analysis, channel allocation, and device management.|
|PSM 1000||An unprecedented combination of audio and RF performance for the most demanding professional monitoring applications.|
|ULX-D||Digital wireless system offers a mix of 24-bit digital audio quality and scalability to meet the demands of installed applications.|