ATI PII, JBL Vertec Installed in Grand Ole Opry

Nov 18, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors


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Gaylord Entertainment Center has commissioned ATI to custom-manufacture a 64-input Paragon II Production live sound mixing console to replace the Grand Ole Opry's ATI P40 desk.

The venue’s new JBL Vertec sound system (pictured) was used for the 37th Annual CMA (Country Music Association) Awards, which aired live on November 5.

Installed during the week of September 22 without interrupting the Opry's busy rehearsal, show and television broadcast schedule, the project involved coordination among many players. Noted engineer George Massenburg was engaged by the venue as audio quality consultant and veteran studio musician and producer Steve Gibson was involved as music quality consultant. Sam Berkow participated as acoustical consultant. Jon Mire, technical services manager for the Opry House, coordinated system evaluation and changeover activities. Dan Heins of Clair Brothers Systems, the installing dealer, led the engineering design and installation team.

The new speaker system for the Opry comprises various JBL products including Vertec line array speakers and subwoofers and additional loudspeakers from JBL's AE Series, Control Series and Marquis Series product lines. All loudspeakers are powered by Crown MacroTech Series amplifiers.

For more, visit ATI online at, JBL at or Grand Ole Opry at

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