Every year for 48 years, CMA Fest has drawn hundreds of thousands of country music fans to Nashville, and for the past 8 years Morris Light & Sound has been an integral part of keeping them entertained. Held June 6-9 in Nashville, fans and artists alike were in for a treat at the Riverfront Park Stage and Ascend Firestone Country Road Stage with two of the latest d&b audiotechnik systems.
The Top In Tech
Morris supplied five of the festival stages with d&b loudspeakers. The d&b SL-Series siblings, KSL and GSL, made their mark at the festival, showcasing the talent of the many artists performing. From Eli Young Band, Maddie and Tae, and Michael Ray on the Chevy Riverfront Stage to the Ascend Firestone Country Roads Stage featuring Brett Young, Maren Morris, and Hunter Hayes; the CMA Festival, Morris, and d&b did not disappoint.
The broadband directivity control of GSL and the new KSL, and the cardioid technology of the SL-SUBs, allowed for the collaboration of both systems on two of the festival’s main stages – Riverfront and Ascend. Morris Light & Sound utilized the d&b ArrayCalc and NoizCalc software suites to carefully plan each system configuration and ensure there would be no sound interference between them nor in the neighboring residential areas during the performances.
“With the given circumstances of short set changes, one of the main concerns is making sure your artists are comfortable on stage and feel good with their IEM mixes,” states Chris Leonard, Production Manager and Front of House Engineer for Russell Dickerson.
Down to the Details
The Ascend Firestone Stage featured 28 x GSL loudspeakers, 12 x SL-SUBs, and 6 x Y10Ps. The Riverfront Stage configuration included 24 x KSL tops for mains, 24 x J-Series tops for out hang, 16 x J-SUBSs, 6 x SL-SUBs, and 6 x Y10P loudspeakers. The Closeup Stage in the Music City Center (MCC) included 16 x J-Series loudspeakers, 8 x J-SUBs, and 4 x Y10Ps. The Disney Stage (in the MCC) was configured with 12 x d&b V-Series tops, 8 x V-SUBs, and 2 x V10P loudspeakers. The Spotlight Stage (in the MCC) consisted of 2 x V10P loudspeakers and 2 x V-SUBs. All speakers for the five stages were powered from D80s with the Ascend and Riverfront stages also utilizing ArrayProcessing for even coverage across the listening planes.
”The Morris stage crew was excellent to work with. My band and artist walked off stage after the set raving about how great their mixes were. The guys at Morris have this down to a science and excelled at the tight turnarounds. These festival experiences are usually what I dread all year, but I couldn’t have asked for a more enjoyable experience!Chris LeonardProduction Manager and Front of House Engineer, Russell Dickerson
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