Yamaha PM5D/DSP5D and LP Field front of house. Credit: Steve Cross Nashville, TN (June 19, 2008)-The CMA Music Festival was held earlier this month across four days in Nashville, adding up to 100 hours of concerts featuring the biggest names in country music as well as up-and-coming acts. ClairShowco supplied sound and production support for two stages--the nighttime LP Field performances and the Greased Lightning Daytime Stages at Riverfront Park. Front-of-house mixing, as well as monitors, for both venues was dominated by Yamaha consoles.
For LP Field FOH, two Yamaha PM5D-RHs and two PM5000 48-channel analog consoles, plus two PM5D-RHs and two PM1Ds for monitors were used; and for Daytime Stages FOH, two PM5D-RHs and a DM2000, plus two PM5D-RHs for monitors were on hand.
Additionally, two Yamaha DSP5D Expanders were used to supplement the 48-channel PM5Ds for LP Field. A standalone rack unit, the DSP5D doubles the mixer's I/O channels to 96 mono and 16 stereo channels. "Engineers are so familiar with the PM5D," says ClairShowco account manager, Robert "Koz" Kosloskie, "that it's now become the logical choice for both FOH and monitors. For guest engineers who may not be that familiar with the console, we're there to support them. And we also have the [Yamaha] analog consoles going as well."
Space for three additional guest consoles at the FOH position, plus one more spot on the grass just off the front of the platform, allowed for a total of nine FOH consoles. Many of the guest consoles turning up for the show were also Yamahas, as well as belonging to ClairShowco clients: Carrie Underwood brought in her own PM1D to accommodate the nearly 100 inputs her act requires; Rascal Flatts brought its PM1D; Sugarland used their PM5D and DSP5D Expander; Little Big House brought their PM5D; and Alan Jackson brought his own 5D with a PM5000 for monitors.
Clair i-4 line arrays were used at the main stage and Showco Prism for the Riverfront Stage, powered by Crown and QSC amps.
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