Nashville, TN (July 7, 2016)—The annual CMA Music Festival, held June 9-12 in Nashville, offered up more than 500 artists playing more than 250 hours of concerts across 11 stages, including the crucial Nissan Stadium stage, where Rascal Flatts, Jason Aldean, Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan performed.
Helping ensure that communication between stage managers and audio, lighting and video pros never faltered at the site, audio provider Sound Image’s Nashville office brought in Jason Glass of Clean Wireless Audio as radio frequency supervisor. He, in turn, looked after a UV-1G wireless intercom system by Radio Active Design.
“The UV-1G belt pack’s use of the sparsely occupied VHF-TV band is extremely helpful when you’re coordinating approximately 250 frequencies n the UHF-TV band for each day of the festival,” Glass explains.
Each year at the CMA Festival, an antenna truss is deployed high above the stage which includes an omnidirectional ground-plane antenna to receive intercom belt pack transmission over a wide coverage area in the stadium. Those signals are then fed to the UV-1G base stations’ antenna splitter through 125 feet of low-loss coaxial cable.
Sound Image subcontracted CP Communications to provide intercom gear, which included the four UV-1G base stations and 20 RAD packs. Tim Kepner, intercom design and lead engineer (TLK Audio Video Services), worked with both Sound Image and TV Broadcast to provide them with an integrated comms design and implementation that would simultaneously flow well for both the live and broadcast portions of the show.
Kepner was responsible for all in house intercom and integration to broadcast facilities during the festival. The four UV-1G base stations were rack mounted on stage by the monitor mix area with 20 RAD packs in use throughout the festival.
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