Niles, IL (June 21, 2018)—Audio coordinator Kevin Sanford and the sound crew used 24 channels of Shure Axient Digital and UHF-R wireless mics with 24 channels of PSM 1000 in-ear monitors for the live broadcast on CBS of the fan-voted 2018 CMT Awards from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on June 6.
All artists used their preferred microphones. For the opening performance of their new single, “Summer Fever,” Shure endorsers Little Big Town used three Axient Digital systems, along with member Kimberly Schlapman’s preferred UR2/Beta 87A handheld. Carrie Underwood, who extended her winning streak with a record eighteenth CMT trophy for Female Video of the Year, used a custom chrome UHF-R transmitter for her performance of “Cry Pretty.”
UHF-R was also the choice for Duo Video of the Year winners Dan + Shay (SM58 mic capsules), Dierks Bentley (Beta 58), and Darius Rucker (SM58). Kelly Clarkson used a KSM9HS capsule for her soul-inflected version of “American Woman.” Florida Georgia Line went for the old school look of Shure Super 55 hardwired mics with custom black grille foam.
The sound company for the event was PRG (Production Resource Group), led by Mark Boettcher. Music mixers were Tom Davis and Marc Repp, with Michael Davis handling the broadcast production mix. Inside the sold-out Bridgestone Arena, Rick Shimer handled the front of house mix while Jason Spence mixed monitors for the artists. Jason Lambert was the RF coordinator.
“The PSM 1000 continues to be my ‘go-to’ system for monitors,” said Spence. “I rely heavily on remote monitoring of the transmitters through Shure’s Wireless Workbench software. I don’t even want to think about using anything else.”
This year’s show featured a couple of new twists, with outdoor performances by Luke Bryan, Chris Stapleton and Sam Hunt. While Stapleton went with a hardwired mic, both Bryan and Hunt used Axient Digital wireless mics. Inside the venue, there was a side stage dedicated to rising stars, including LANCO, Carly Pearce and Russell Dickerson, all of whom used hardwired SM58 vocal mics to deliver song segments leading into commercial breaks.
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