APG moves mountains at high altitude
Friday, 29 October 2021
apg-beauregard-2021Musique à Beauregard returns (photo: Yannick Perrin)
France - A full APG sound system heralded the return of France’s Musique à Beauregard, which this summer welcomed thousands of live music fans to its spectacular mountain-top festival site for the first time since 2019.
Like nearly all festivals in Europe, Musique à Beauregard – which has taken place on a protected natural site in the Alpine foothills, in eastern France, since 2017 – was forced to postpone its 2020 edition because of restrictions on large events. For its comeback the festival more than made up for lost time, boasting a diverse, crowd-pleasing music line-up, a brand-new stage, and a state-of-the-art audio setup designed to complement the natural acoustic support provided by the Aravis mountain range.
Measuring 15m x 10m, the new stage provided a proving ground for the festival’s new sound system, comprising several speakers from APG’s light, flexible Uniline Compact range.
In addition to providing the festival’s more than 3,500 guests with an even, natural listening experience at an altitude of 1,500m, the system’s light weight and portability allowed for easy transport to the four festival locations: the open air at the Plateau de Beauregard, La Clusaz church, La Clusaz cinema and the Espace Grand-Bo in Le Grand-Bornand.
Sound engineer Léopold Randon de Grolier says the APG system, consisting of two UC206 N speakers and one UC115B per side and powered by two DA 15:4 DSP amplifiers, proved to be the perfect match for the festival’s eclectic live programme, which included classical music, dance and spoken-word performances – and where the natural reproduction of sound was paramount.
“APG's Uniline Compact line-array loudspeakers provide a natural, unaltered sound and are respectful of the timbre and dynamics of the instruments,” explains Randon de Grolier, who with his Radio Semnoz colleague Hervé Dufournet heads up sound reinforcement for Musique à Beauregard. “People feel like they are directly hearing the instruments. Thanks to these technical and sonic characteristics, this system has been a major ally for us for several years on various classical and jazz music performances.”
The APG sound system is complemented by a complete sound pick-up solution with a set of microphones (DPA, Schoeps, Neumann, Griffon Microphones, AKG) and a Yamaha system consisting of a TIO-1608-D stagebox and TF3 console (via Dante).
One of the key metrics of success for the new system was its ability to deliver consistent sound across four very different festival venues. While APG’s software did some of the hard work for the sound engineers, they still needed hardware that would rise to the challenge of adapting to “different uses and locations: open-air concerts, concert halls, cinemas and highly reverberant churches,” continues Randon de Grolier. “Intelligibility is a very important criteria, and the waveguide technology developed by APG, combined with the quality of the loudspeakers, allowed us to work serenely in different configurations.”
On the new outdoor stage, he adds, the system delivered “even coverage for the entire audience, who were spread over several tiers facing the majestic Mont Blanc, thanks to its excellent directivity.”

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