An Avolites Diamond 4 was used to run a Hippotizer digital media
server controlling 10 standard G-LEC Video surfaces forming the backdrop around
the stage in the main Stravinsky Hall venue at the 2006 Montreux Jazz Festival.
The legendary Festival celebrated its 40th glorious anniversary in 2006 with as
varied, hyperactive and interesting a programme as ever.
This was a major visual effect available for use by all artists playing in this
hall and was used extensively by most of the visiting and resident lighting
designers throughout the two week event. As with all the rest of the lighting
equipment in this venue, the D4 was supplied by St Gallen-based Stagelight, and
was purchased specially for the festival.
The D4 was also used to run the TV lights - including a selection of profiles 2K
fresnels and PC spots, plus 20 channels of house lighting. It was programmed and
run by Peter Haeusler from IQ Unlimited, Avolites' Swiss distributor - who
supplied the desk to Stagelight.
They created custom content on the Hippotizer for several performers including
the Black Eyed Peas, Deep Purple, Sean Paul. "We needed this element of the
system to be flexible and easy to programme" comments Haeusler, "and that's why
Diamond 4 was chosen".
Particularly useful features on the desk, he says, include
having direct access to 96 buttons on the front panel .... an ideal scenario for
media server work, plus the ability to patch fixtures into preset pages and then
store them onto the live page. This gives access to 110 cues in one view -
completely bypassing the need to change pages. "The live operational elements
are just so powerful and very easy" he concludes.
This is among the primary reasons that Stagelight has invested
in their new console, says boss Peter Lemmenmeier, adding that they have been
using Avo products for 20 years now, which he thinks is an excellent brand track
This is the first year that Stagelight has supplied lighting production for
Montreux Jazz. In addition to the Stravinsky Hall, they also supplied a complete
rig to the Miles Davies Hall on a lower floor of the same building - the overall
design for both venues was created by Marco Bossi.
Across town in the Casino de Barrière, the third - and also the original -
Montreux venue, lighting rental company Skylight from Geneva supplied another
Diamond 4 console and a Pearl 2004. This was operated by Morret Charles and
Marie Du Catez.
Dimming for the Stravinsky and Miles Davies Halls, and in the Casino was all Avo