Europe (September 23, 2005)–A pair of prestigious European Jazz festivals–Jazz à Vienne in France, and Umbria Jazz in Italy–may bring the best of the continent’s players together for the masses, but they also have another thing in common: they both use InnovaSon consoles. This past summer, a total of seven desks–four Sy80s, two Sy48s and a Grand Live–were put to use at both FOH and monitor positions at the two events.
In Vienne in the Rhone Valley, the principal concert venue was the stunning Théâtre Antique, the largest Roman amphitheatre in Europe. This year audiences were delighted to welcome the likes of Pat Metheny, BB King, George Clinton and Oscar Peterson. Bringing those varied vibes to the masses were two InnovaSon Sy80 consoles at FoH and monitors, plus an InnovaSon Grand Live which was used for the audio recording of a DVD production, all provided by Lyon-based rental company, Boite à Sons. The entire system was run across an EtherSound network.
Jazz à Vienne was also the first deployment of the recently launched Dio-ES card from InnovaSon. Dio-ES is essentially an EtherSound interface offering 64 bi-directional audio channels. In this instance, the card was plugged into the DSP module of the InnovaSon console thus providing the link to the EtherSound network. From there, several EtherSound devices were connected in a daisychain to provide the necessary links between the consoles, PA, stage and OB vans.
Umbria Jazz in Perugia, Italy, was a 10-day event where the two principal venues were both equipped with InnovaSon digital consoles at FOH and monitors, this time courtesy of Reference Laboratory, InnovaSon’s distributor in Italy. The Arena Santa Guiliana, the bigger of the two venues, sported two Sy80s running an Adamson Yaxis line array system, while the Jazz Village where many of the free concerts took place, hosted a pair of Sy48s.