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11th annual Montreal Folk Festival sur le Canal gets big boost from Shure Axient Digital

June 25, 2018

Entering its second decade as an annual summer event, the three-day Folk Fest sur le Canal took place over Father’s Day weekend at the beautiful Centenary Esplanade along the shores of the Lachine Canal in southwest Montreal. Featuring performances by such folk artists as Plants and Animals, Josh Ritter, Mandolin Orange, and a wide variety of other local and regional artists, the Folk Fest draws roughly 30,000 music fans to this beautiful riverfront park setting.

The technical director and head of sound for the festival is Marc St-Laurent. Charged with delivering flawless live sound for four days, St-Laurent was excited to have the opportunity to use a dual-channel system of Shure’s latest wireless microphone technology, Axient Digital, as primary vocal microphones throughout the festival. Both were outfitted with Shure’s classic SM58 mic elements, and the results were outstanding.

“I have to say, it is the best wireless system I have ever used. It sounds great, is reliable, and you can use it in any situation” says St-Laurent. “Folk music is a style of music that you need to be very, very pure, and true to the tones of the instruments and voices. This wireless system lets me do that in a very true fashion.”

In addition to the reliability of the wireless signal and accurate tonality of Axient Digital, St-Laurent was also pleased with the system’s advanced technical abilities: “It integrates really well with all our digital systems,” he reports. You can monitor everything from the digital consoles, and you can plug it into the Dante network and monitor it that way. It works great, and is now going to be my go-to wireless.”

Shure microphones and wireless systems are distributed in Canada exclusively by SFM, located in Dorval, Québec, a proud supporter of Canadian music and audio professionals.

For more information on Axient Digital please visit www.shure.com/americas/products/wireless-systems/axient-digital


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