Paris (March 2, 2006)–The infamous Moulin Rouge in Paris is known for many things, but mainly for its can-can dancers. Of course, one can’t dance without music, so in recent years, the venue perked up its PA with a complement of 30 self-powered Meyer Sound loudspeakers.
The system in the 1,000-square-meter main showroom is arranged in five discrete delay zones to provide coverage for up to 850 patrons seated at the room’s tables. The installation includes eight UPA-1P compact wide coverage and 18 UPM-1P ultra-compact wide coverage loudspeakers, plus four USW-1P compact subwoofers. Two more UPA-1P cabinets provide the all-important monitoring for the dancers on stage.
The Meyer Sound system was designed and installed about five years ago by Best Audio/Dispatch of Paris under the direction of Gerard Trevignon. Operation and routine maintenance of the system are under the direction of Serge Vely, head of sound and sound engineer at the club since 1973.
The system has been at work every night for more than five years, during which time Vely has found it to be reliable. “They are so much easier to use, and the sound is better because there are no speaker cables,” he said. “There also are fewer amplifier heat issues.” The latter point is crucial, Vely emphasizes, because reliability is key when shows are scheduled every night of the year.
Original music for the Moulin Rouge is recorded specifically for each show, with the final mix done in the cabaret showroom in front of an audience.
Féerie, the Moulin Rouge’s current show, presents a troupe of 100 artists, including 60 Doriss Girls in exotic costumes of feathers, rhinestones and sequins. The long-awaited return of the giant aquarium is featured as well, with the spectacle accompanied by original music recorded by 80 musicians and 60 singers. More than 600,000 visitors are expected to attend this year’s shows.