The 41st Annual CMA Awards aired live in 5.1-channel surround sound Wednesday, November 7, on the ABC Television Network from the Sommet Center in Nashville. The team responsible for the audio at this year’s CMA’s included a who’s who of broadcast audio: The audio was supervised by award-winning audio producer Tom Davis; the audio coordinator was Michael Abbott; ATK/Audiotek provided the sound system with front-of-house engineers Patrick Baltzell and Rick Shimer; and New York–based XM Productions/Effanel Music was onsite with its L7 and ORU remote recording trucks to create the music mix, facilitated by music mixers John Harris and Jay Vicari.
The show featured numerous microphones, including more than 250 hard-wired and wireless Audio-Technica microphone—from backline vocal and instrument mics to frontline wireless systems. Mixer John Harris says, “I always turn to Audio-Technica because of the audio quality, reliability and consistency from microphone to microphone, whether wired or wireless. Each CMA broadcast is a once-in-a-lifetime event and there is no room for error. A-T gives me an unprecedented level of confidence as I know the mics will perform flawlessly regardless of the situation.”
Shure endorsers Rascal Flatts opened and closed the show; the trio, who won their fifth consecutive Vocal Group of the Year Award, performed using Shure UHF-R wireless with SM58 microphones. “Shure products were integral to the sound of the show, with 16 out of 21 performers who chose Shure as their lead vocal mics,” says Michael Davis, production mixer. “The UHF-R wireless systems continue to lead the way with rock=solid RF stability.” Numerous other Shure endorsees performed throughout the show.
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