Jazz Fest Employs Aztec Consoles

Jun 24, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors


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The 34th New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, known as "Jazz Fest," relied on a pair of Audient Aztec analog live sound mixing consoles for FOH duties at the indoor evening concert series held at the Municipal Auditorium in downtown New Orleans and in the Rhodes Gospel Tent at the Louisiana Heritage Fair at the Fairgrounds Racecourse.

At the auditorium, local equipment provider Pyramid Audio Productions supplied the concert sound system for a schedule that included Crosby, Stills & Nash, Bob Dylan and Widespread Panic. Pyramid FOH engineer James Burgoyne said that while the main touring acts were largely carrying their own equipment, the opening acts, which included John Hiatt and The Goners and Lucinda Williams used the Aztec.

The 48-channel Aztec in the gospel tent was worked by FOH engineer Chris Brown. Brown, whose Sound Chek Music supplied the entire sound system for the venue, said, "This is combat audio at its finest. We're set up on a concrete floor with a plastic tent in 100-degree temperatures with 100-percent humidity." The Rhodes Gospel Tent featured nearly 80 acts in just eight days, with 10 acts going onstage between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. "Those acts will range from a four- or five-person vocal group to a 100-plus-person choir with eight or nine soloists up-front. So the set change is a very quick, controlled madness."

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