New Jazz Space at New Orleans’ Former U.S. Mint
As part of the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park, the Jazz Theater is part of a larger museum that incorporates the State Museum's already substantial collection of jazz artifacts, a collection that includes sheet music, manuscripts, photographs, records (including what is thought to be the first jazz recording, from 1917) and instruments such as Louis Armstrong's first cornet.
The theatre is a modular 4,000-square-foot performance space with a stage that can be configured multiple ways to accommodate any type of jazz genre. The venue has hosted several great performances since it opened in late 2011 and it’s recorded many of them via its state-of-the-art recording studio at the rear of the space, where reference speakers from Genelec, the world’s longstanding pioneer in active monitoring, serve as the monitor of choice.
A pair of Genelec 8240A Bi-Amplified DSP Monitors, featuring Genelec Directivity Control Waveguide™ (DCW™) and Minimum Diffraction Enclosure™ (MDE™), provide uncoloured and utterly accurate imaging. A Genelec 7270A Active DSP Subwoofer provides additional low end, creating the ultimate stereo-and-sub monitoring system for music as nuanced as jazz.
“The Genelecs work amazingly well in this studio – their imaging and accuracy are the best,” says Sam Brandt, AV Designer on the project and a Senior Consultant with Akustiks, the South Norwalk, Connecticut firm that designed the Jazz Theater’s acoustics and AV systems. Brandt says the Genelec monitors are connected using their onboard AES digital inputs in combination with a digital-thru connection. “The ease of their setup and the way they sound are equally remarkable,” says Brandt. “They are impressive.”
Since the founding of Genelec in 1978, professional audio monitoring has been at the core of the business. An unrivalled commitment to research and development has resulted in a number of industry firsts and established Genelec as the industry leader in active monitors. Nearly 35 years later Genelec monitoring products remain true to the original philosophy, offering reliability, neutral sound reproduction regardless of size, as well as the ability to adapt frequency response to the listening environment. Genelec clients receive paramount support in all aspects of the field, from acoustical advice and calibration services to technical service and long product life span. Buying a Genelec product is the soundest investment in audio monitoring.