Version française ci-dessous – The Journées Techniques du Spectacle et de l’Événement took place for the 19th time in Paris last week and Interfacio was there to see and hear all the action. It was a successful and busy show despite an overall heavy atmosphere, and the unavoidable security checks at the entrance which certainly restricted traffic between the three halls.

This year, JTSE has evolved a bit: There are no more ‘in situ’ big sound reinforcement systems to listen to in an adjacent hall with musicians playing live on stage which have been a feature of the event for the last five years. This year there was an ‘Audio Training’ concept, with the hall divided in sections, hired by French distributors to present their products, silently. SSL France, Roland and EVI Audio staged permanent workshops, and Yamaha presented their latest PM10 digital mixing console with experts, whilst distributor DV2 let users discover the Digico S21 desk, with three of them being available on site. Other distributors like Freevox chose to install a regular exhibition booth showing a collection of their new products: Audiopole displayed Clear-Com DECT intercom systems, Turbosound portable active loudspeakers, Studer Vista 1 Black Edition console as well as Audiopole’s own multiband sound limiter system, ready for forthcoming French noise regulations. Upstairs in the main hall, listening sessions in WaveField Synthesis format were run by Sonic Emotion on an APG speaker system.

Every year, JTSE gives French end users the opportunity to discover the latest live mixing consoles. This year, there were many of them: Allen & Heath dLive, DiGiCo S21, Avid VENUE S6L, Soundcraft SI Impact, Studer Vista 1 Black Edition, Cadac CDC6… For 30 to 60 k€, these digital powerhouses offer possibilities one could only dream of five years ago, and hig