Nashville, TN (June 23, 2016)—This year’s CMA Music Festival—held June 9-12 in Nashville—sold out months in advance, attracting a record 88,500 fans each day to catch the latest and greatest in the world of Country Music. Over the course of the festival, more than 500 artists and celebrities participated in more than 250 hours of concerts on 11 stages, seven of which were free. This was the first year that Ascend Amphitheater was included as a venue for free shows, and Nashville-based audio provider Morris was on-hand providing production, including its new d&b audiotechnik J-Series system and NoizCalc solution.
Morris recently purchased 578 new pieces of d&b audiotechnik equipment, which includes 124 D80 amplifiers, 176 J-Series speakers, 66 V-Series speakers, 32 stage monitors, and 22 DS10 audio network bridges.
“We knew going in that we would be relying on our new J rig from d&b audiotechnik as well as NoizCalc, which is the best noise remediation solution on the market,” said Danny Rosenbalm, Morris CEO. “With the help of NoizCalc and Array Processing, we were successfully able to keep sound levels within Nashville city government limits to avoid any fines while also guaranteeing crowds a memorable and enjoyable concert experience.”
Ascend Amphitheater maintains a 102 dB(a) limit at front of house. With NoizCalc, Morris achieved a 12-14 dB(a) drop at the end of the listening field, allowing the sound to remain impactful to everyone in the crowd while also staying within the regulated limits.
“A few days before the festival started, we were able to do a demonstration of how the software works for the Metro Nashville Parks Department, who’s in charge of making sure sound emissions are within proper limits,” said David Haskell, Morris President. “The Metro Parks team was impressed to hear that the concert sound was full and impactful in the area we wanted it to be but did not travel outside of the listening field. Being able to utilize this software in Nashville, and other cities, is truly a game-changer. This means outdoor event spaces in urban areas can provide memorable entertainment but not disrupt neighboring communities and businesses.”