CMA Awards Rock With ATK

Jan 1, 2009 12:00 PM, By Sarah Benzuly


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Kenny Chesney

Kenny Chesney
Photo: AP Photo/Darron Cummings

Aired live in 5.1 surround sound, the 2009 Country Music Association Awards at Nashville's Sommet Center featured gear provided by ATK/Audiotek; at front-of-house stood production mixer Patrick Baltzell and music mixer Rick Shimer. The rest of the crew included audio producers Michael Abbott and Tom Davis, broadcast music mixer John Harris, and Jay Vicari of Music Mix Mobile.

Audio-Technica had a strong showing at the awards (which the manufacturer has supported for 15 consecutive years), with more than 250 hard-wired and wireless mics onstage — from backline vocal and instrument mics to frontline wireless systems for such artists as Brooks & Dunn, Jason Aldean and Kenny Chesney (pictured), who for the fourth time took home the CMA's Entertainer of the Year Award. He performed using Audio-Technica Artist Elite 5000 Series UHF wireless system with the AEW-T3300 mic/transmitter and AEW-R5200 true-diversity, frequency-agile dual receiver.

Also making an “appearance” was Future Sonics; 10 performers and six award-winners used its earphones.

The FOH system comprised 88 JBL VerTec VT4889 speakers, 14 VT4880A subs, four ATK CSW-218 subs, six VerTec VT4887 front-fills and 72 JBL Control 25T underseat speakers. Boards there included a Yamaha PM1D and PM5D. Two Yamaha PM1D consoles were put into effect at monitor land, with ATK monitor wedges (80 M2s and 20 M5s), ATK side-fills, CSW218 drum subs and 16 Sennheiser G2 in-ears monitors.

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