Photo from left to right: Chick Corea, Stephan Schertler, Bernie Kirsch
Dear Sound Enthusiasts,
Back in February we configured and built an ARTHUR mixer for Chick Corea to use as his personal monitoring system. Two weeks ago, my wife and I had the pleasure of hearing Chick in Basel, on the occasion of his heart-stopping Trilogy concert. (I heard him for the first time in 1978!) We also had the pleasure of meeting him after the gig: He mostly spoke with my wife, as both of them descend from the same "terra" :-). Chick is a wonderful man. After two years of hard work on the modular ARTHUR, I’m personally very happy to have satisfied the expectations of such a ground-breaking and genius artist.
Greetings from sunny southern Switzerland…
Sam Bardfeld tours with Schertler
American jazz violinist and Schertler Ambassador Sam Bardfeld has been on tour in Europe with The Jazz Passengers, celebrating the band's 30th anniversary and recent CD release on ENJA/Yellowbird. In the fall, Bardfeld led an 8-piece violin section for seven performances concluding Bruce Springsteen's world tour. Five of the eight violinists used Schertler Stat-V pick-ups.
ARTHUR participates in Paisley Park Celebration 2017
Schertler Ambassador Morris Hayes (New Power Generation), along with fellow keyboard player Tommy Barbarella, took full advantage of the ARTHUR mixer's modular design at the recent Paisley Park Celebration 2017, held to honour the life and legacy of Prince on the first anniversary of his death.
24 Arthur modules, including a range of input and output units, were formed into two separate mixers for use by the keyboard players during rehearsals and for the event itself. Hayes commented: "Listening to the show in my headphone, the sound was transparent, warm and clean. For me it all comes down to sound quality. I can tell you this Arthur is one of the best mixers I've ever heard. It's modular so you can add or take away as needed. That's a real big deal”
As Hayes continues to explore the potential of ARTHUR's modularity with all 24 units, Stage Manager Burle Avant (VJ Avant) is making a video documentary (with Hayes) which will also include more on ARTHUR . Watch this space ...
Chick Corea on tour with ARTHUR
Earlier this year, jazz/fusion pianist, keyboardist and composer Chick Corea took delivery of an ARTHUR modular mixer. Configured as a personal mixer for directly managing his own on-stage sound, Corea's set-up includes the new Sub Group module through which all his keyboards run to front of house. Seven further channels accommodate other band instruments, enabling Corea to create his own monitor mixes.
Having now become accustomed to sharing a stage with ARTHUR during an ongoing world tour, Corea commented: "This beautiful Schertler mixer makes my keyboards and piano sound rich and warm - the way I like it. The channels are modular so I can configure the mixer to any size depending on which band I'm playing with. The controls and the layout are completely aesthetic and easy to control. It's a work of art!"
During the summer and fall, Chick Corea will perform at venues in the USA, Europe and Japan.
SCHERTLER AROUND THE GLOBE
Dario Fornara takes ARTHUR, TIM and GIULIA Y on Schertler Showroom Tour
Italian guitarist and Schertler Ambassador Dario Fornara recently undertook a tour of Schertler showrooms in northern Italy, presenting workshops featuring Schertler products. Dario shares his experiences, including a couple of tips and tricks enjoyed by visitors to the stores:
"My Schertler showroom tour visited Pordenone, Brescia, Milan and Cuneo for a series of workshops in which I presented Schertler's new ARTHUR modular mixer and the TIM compact PA system. These events also made it possible to focus in detail on some of Schertler's other more established products, such as the MAGNETICO AG-6 magnetic pickup and the GUILIA Y amplifier. The tour included some of the most important music stores in northern Italy (designated as Schertler Showrooms), which kindly made both space and staff available for the events. So, thanks to all our friends at Biasin Musical Instruments, Cavalli Musica, Lucky Music and Fuoritempo for their valuable support and professionalism. As so often happens on these occasions, the attending audiences were quite varied, ranging from the passionate audiophile (who perhaps made a long trip to participate in the event), to the simply curious visitor who was going to the store by chance. This often unexpected (and sometimes accidental) participation can cause the event to become something more dynamic and interactive. But we like that too!"
"Guitarists were by no means forgotten: Although initially more interested in the Magnetico AG-6, many were also surprised at the potential of the new ARTHUR mixer connected to the compact TIM PA, delivering dynamic, transparent results and an incredible "kick". ARTHUR is a high-quality device: The Yellow 'instrument' channel allows you to connect directly without the use of other equipment. The system response speed allows you to play with great dynamics and with 'consistency' under your fingers, making it extremely easy and 'natural' to play your instrument."
"Visitors particularly appreciated being shown some 'tricks' for the live use of the various amplifiers: For example, bringing little GUILIA Y to the limit, setting the equalization and the 'warm' control appropriately, then succeeding (despite its small size and reduced power) to cover a fairly ample space - much to the disbelief and delight of those present. Also, TIM falling below 50 Hz will withstand my permanently inserted 'octaver' and my open tuning, giving a soft, deep sound and never showing signs of failure - even with more vigorous strumming and the volume raised well above the limits of common sense!"
"I hope I can continue this experience with you all by visiting other Schertler specialist showrooms and sharing the passion that we all have for music and for the quality of these fantastic products!
See you next time."
SCHERTLER AROUND THE GLOBE
New ARTHUR Spring reverb on test at Little Big Beat Studio
Little Big Beat Studio in Liechtenstein recently tested the new Arthur Spring reverb with guitarist Roger Szedalik. Featuring six springs for a rich "musical" reverb effect, digital delay and time-adjustable analogue decay, the high-quality reverb is designed both for use as an ARTHUR mixer module and as a stand-alone unit.
For this particular test, the Spring was used as a stand-alone reverb for classical /acoustic guitar, with everything going through a Schertler TOM PA system.
Delighted with the results, studio owner Little Konzett commented: “The Spring used on a classical guitar over the Schertler TOM PA (in quadraphony) sounds amazingly good. It has a beautiful depth, without the typical metallic sound… Everything sounded nice and warm over the great (TOM) PA system. This Spring is a must for every vintage spring fan!”
The Spring unit offers four different spring characteristics - Room/Hall/Wood/Glass - for a range of performance and recording situations. As a stand-alone reverb, it can be used with a separate mixer, guitar pedals, or it can be linked to a computer for recording applications.