John Mills keeps an eye on the Nexo STM line array system used on the current Kenny Chesney tour.
Nashville, TN (August 7, 2013)—For this year’s tour, country music star Kenny Chesney made a major change to his stadium line array, using a new Nexo STM line array provided by Morris Light & Sound of Nashville.
The system layout for the 46-date tour, which began March 16 at Raymond Jomes Stadium in Tampa, FL, includes 74 M46 for mains, 74 b112 bass extensions, 48 s118 flown subs, 16 RS18 ground ray subs, 12 PS10s for front fills, 14 Geo S 1210s and two Geo S1230s, 22 NUAR amp racks, and two Yamaha DME 64 digital mix engines with Lake Mesa EQ cards for system tuning and console switching.
Morris Light & Sound had worked with the Nexo STM system for about a year before the system launched, and offered support for Chesney’s sound crew. “We had at least one programmer and one system specialist with us for the first few weeks of rehearsals and shows. Beyond that, we sent them our tuning files and SMAART measurements and they incorporated our preferences into a new preset,” said John Mills, Morris VP and systems engineer for the Chesney tour.
One of the first things that attracted Morris Light & Sound to the Nexo STM, Mills continued, was the modularity. “It really works; we have done large and small venues and even some small ground stacked systems. It is great to have a system that sounds the same no matter how you deploy it.”
Front of house engineer, Chris Rabold, offered, “Even when I drive it hard, it won't distort. My ears have yet to feel fatigued after a show; that's indicative of a clean system. On a mixing level, I'm getting some great sounds. There was a bit of a learning curve in the beginning as was to be expected. I have a specific sound that I want to achieve everyday. Once I learned what the Nexo STM wanted to do naturally, I married that with my own goals and we've been in great shape ever since.
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