The 42nd Annual Reno Jazz Festival was held on in late April at the University of Nevada in Reno, Nev. In addition to performances by jazz legends, up-and-coming jazz performers and world-class clinicians spent three days immersed in instrumental and vocal clinics and competitions.
Scott Bergstrom, head engineer at Starsound Audio in Reno, has been supplying audio systems for the festival for years. This year’s system comprised 12 MacPherson Monolith Version 2s flown in two line arrays (six per side), four MacPherson IS12s flown two per side on their own swivel mounts below the Monoliths, eight Community Speakers mounted on eight Bag End Dual Series18 subwoofers and six EAW 500 stage monitors.
With concrete floors, a soaring ceiling and a room capacity of 13,000, the acoustical challenges of this venue are considerable, but the Monoliths, “sounded like studio monitors, while the IS12s filled the floor with smooth, even coverage,” said Bergstrom. He plans on taking the system back for next year’s festival.