Zac Brown belts into a Sennheiser wireless mic at CMA Fan Fest.
Nashville, TN (July 9, 2013)—As part of the 42nd Annual Country Music Association (CMA) Fan Fair, Sennheiser provided artists including Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Lady Antebellum and the Zac Brown Band with wireless equipment. The four day festival was held at Nashville’s LP Field, a 68,798-capacity stadium.

The wireless mic system consisted of eight channels of EM 3732-II receivers, with SKM 2000-XP handheld wireless transmitters and MMD 935-1 cardioid microphone capsules.

Curt Jenkins was responsible for the audio as project manager for Nashville-based Sound Image. He worked with Sennheiser USA’s artist relations manager, Tim Moore, who suggested utilizing the Sennheiser Global Relations Team for additional support.

“I was managing audio for the whole event,” commented Curt Jenkins, who was asked to provide several additional channels of production wireless to cover the festival’s heritage acts as well as ongoing MC activities. “Since it was being filmed for TV by a major network, we had to ensure all the audio was rock solid, especially considering we were multi-tracking everything. We asked Sennheiser if they could help and they arranged to have a rack sent over without delay.”

In addition to the wireless microphones, Sennheiser also supplied several SR 2050 IEMs and evolution series wired microphones.

Jason Glass of Cross Plains, TN-based Clean Wireless Audio was hired by Sound Image to handle RF coordination for the stage microphones, IEMs, television crews as well as touring rigs for guest acts during the festival. Glass was tasked with covering the entire stage performance area as well as a secondary stage in the audience, located approximately seventy-five feet beyond the downstage edge of the main stage.