The largest rental house for NEXO’s STM Series is Morris Light & Sound, which supplied the modular line arrays for four different stages at the 2017 CMA Festival, one of the largest gatherings of country music stars and their fans, in the home of country music – Nashville.
The equipment was a vital part of offering more than 167 hours of music from 350+ artists and over 1,100 musicians throughout the course of the four-day festival.
Morris engineers used NEXO’s proprietary NS-1 software to design and model STM Series systems for the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage, the Cracker Barrel Country Roads Stage, the Music City Stage and the Durango Music Spot. NS1 allowed Morris to draw precisely all the venue listening planes and design the best possible systems for each stage.
John Mills, Senior Audio Engineer at Morris, configured the system throughout the week, measuring the seating areas and size of the space for each of the four stages. “For each stage where STM was deployed, we 3D modeled the area and used NS-1 to predict the performance of the system,” Mills explained. Morris also used the new NEXO NEMO v.2 software for monitoring and control of the system. This allowed each system engineer to have complete control and monitoring of amplifier channels in the system. “I received many great comments about the amazing sound of the new Yamaha RIVAGE PM10 Digital Audio Console and, as expected, many engineers were stunned by the clarity of the STM.”
Thanks to pristine NEXO and Yamaha equipment and the careful planning done by the Morris engineers, the four stages were hugely successful. “Mixing on a Yamaha PM10 with its fantastic workflow and ease of configuring allows for a stress-free experience for a new user as well as experienced engineers,” says David Haskell, president of Morris. “We are glad to support CMA at such an amazing festival and look forward to next year.”
Chevrolet Riverfront Stage:
Acts included Old Dominion, Michael Ray and Eli Young Band.
42x STM M46 main modules + B112 bass modules
42x STM S118 subs
12x NUAR amp racks
16x 45°N-12 wedge monitors
Cracker Barrel Country Roads Stage:
Acts included RaeLynn, Hunter Hayes and Dan + Shay.
24x STM M46 main modules + B112 bass modules
4x M28 Omni modules
4x S118 sub modules flown on top of the array
16x RS18 subs
10x NUAR amp racks
16x 45°N-12 wedge monitors
Durango Music Spot:
An acoustic stage located inside the XFINITY Fan Fair X that hosted rising starts and legendary song writers like Stella Parton and Moore & Moore.
16x STM M28 main modules
4x RS18 subs
CMA Close Up Stage:
Acts included Martina McBride, Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers
24 STM M28 main modules
6x RS18 subs
For more information about Morris Light & Sound, visit www.experiencemorris.com.
For more information on Yamaha and NEXO products, visit www.yamahaproaudio.com.