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Caves go Digico: Caves du Manoir upgrades with SD12

The venue Caves du Manoir in Switzerland has upgraded its old analogue console to a Digico SD12, as well as installing a new Meyer Sound sound system

To celebrate its 40th anniversary, Caves du Manoir in Martigny, Valais (Switzerland) has renovated the caves to include a Digico SD12 plus D2-Rack as the new front of house console. It is also upgrading its existing Meyer Sound loudspeaker system.

The Digico console was supplied by Digico’s distributor for the region, Tonspur AG.

For 40 years, Caves du Manoir have been used for cultural events of all kinds. Sacha Knezevic Rudaz, technical director of the Caves, was inspired to install a Digico console by the Montreux Jazz Festival. Rudaz, who has been part of the legendary Montreux Jazz Festival audio crew for many years, had had the chance to try out the SD12 during last year’s Festival and decided that the SD12 would be the ideal successor for the Caves’ ancient analogue console.

Rudaz commented: “Digico can double the channel count within a single software update, even years after the release of a product; for me it was a logical step to get the SD12 into the Caves. The user interface means we can have two operators working on the console at the same time, and the fact that I have every important control on a dedicated knob or button is great. The SD12 looks sexy, it sounds sexy and it will do anything you can, or even can’t, imagine.”

The Caves had a grand re-opening late last year with legendary Swiss rock band The Young Gods performing. “Everyone who has come to the Caves and used the console has commented on how pleased they are to be able to work on an industry standard desk,” concluded Rudaz. “We are proud to have such a strong heritage and equally proud that we have a technical infrastructure that not only brings us up to date, but equips us for the future.”