Nashville, TN (July 19, 2016)—Kenny Chesney is out on the road once again with his longtime sound reinforcement provider, Morris, as the country star hits 14 stadiums this summer. Along for the journey are FOH engineer Tim Holder; band monitor engineer Bryan “Opie” Baxley; Chesney’s own monitor engineer, Phill “Sidephill” Robinson; system engineer Chris “Sully” Sullivan; patch master Rich Rossey; and techs Justin Meeks, Phil Spina, Carl Schmidt, Annie Hallquist, Tanner Frees, all under the eye of production manager Ed Wannebo.
What that considerable crew is looking after is just as noteworthy, as the tour is carrying a massive Nexo STM system, an SSL L500 Plus console at the FOH position and a pair of Midas ProX desks in monitor world, aside four DL431 Mic Splitters and two DL451 Stage Boxes.
The ProX desks are pretty rote for Morris these days, as clients Grace Potter, k.d lang and Eli Young Band are also touring with the consoles. “When they introduced the ProX, upgrading seven of our Midas consoles was a natural choice for us,” said Morris CEO, Danny Rosenbalm. “As we aim to provide our clients with the best technology available, the increased channel count and upgraded Neutron DSP make the Midas ProX console update a solid investment for our company.”
That decision was greeted warmly in Chesney’s monitorworld, it turned out. Baxley explained, “I’ve been mixing on Midas Pro Series consoles for over 8 years and have fallen in love with the sound they produce, and the Neutron DSP system upgrade on the ProX has made the console even more stable. The 144 inputs will satisfy my needs on Kenny’s tour for years to come.”
“I love the Midas for ears,” Robinson concurred. “It is one of the easiest consoles to get around on, and I love the pop groups. The sound is great all the way from the analog preamp to the digital processing and back out.”