Perugia, Italy (August 23, 2006)–The main stage at the Umbria Jazz Festival in July relied heavily on Radian MicroWedges for the second consecutive year, with 12 RMW-1122 12-inch and four RMW-1152 15-inch enclosures providing onstage monitoring for performers such as Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Diana Krall, James Brown and Jamie Cullum.
Italian sound reinforcement equipment manufacturer and distributor Reference Laboratory provided the low profile, two-way, coaxial Radian MicroWedges as part of a complete sound and lighting package for the Arena Santa Giuliana.
Claudio Venturelli, monitor engineer at the Arena S. Giuliana site for Umbria Jazz 2005 and ’06, admitted to having been initially skeptical about the MicroWedges, but was quickly won over. “Their main strength is probably the very vertical and narrow directivity pattern, which helps to keep the stage clean even when you have as many as 21 monitors playing really loud,” said Venturelli.
“Powered by big Lab.gruppen fP 3400 amplifiers in passive configuration, the MicroWedges delivered a massive, coherent ‘in your face’ sound,” he continued. “They also required very little equalization, typically just a single parametric filter from the digital desk’s output stage. They proved to be very versatile, helping me to manage incredibly different sets ranging from jazz trios to big bands, and from ’80s disco stars to full classical orchestras.”
The 33rd annual Umbria Jazz festival featured over 300 artists at numerous indoor and outdoor locations throughout Perugia from July 7 through July 17. “It was my personal choice to introduce the Radian MicroWedges last year,” explained Angelo Tordini, who established Reference Laboratory in 1998 and has provided equipment to various venues at Umbria Jazz for over 20 events. “By the end of the festival the stage manager and sound engineers were completely happy and satisfied with them. They were also surprised by the total lack of distortion, even at high volumes,” said Tordini, adding, “It is our responsibility to improve the onstage audio and provide all of the artists with the utmost confidence in the monitoring system.”
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