Niles, IL (April 30, 2018)—ATK Audiotek provided dozens of channels of Shure wireless equipment for the recent 2018 Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards, while Soundtronics provided wireless antenna system design and infrastructure.
ATK Audiotek was the primary supplier of backline and wireless equipment. Wireless for the telecast included 24 channels of Shure Axient Digital, 10 channels of UHF-R and 22 channels of PSM 1000, as the team’s default RF systems for microphones and in-ear monitors.
Steve Vaughn of Soundtronics handled the role of RF coordinator; artists were encouraged to use their preferred wireless microphones, with many choosing Shure’s new Axient Digital. In-ear mixes were delivered by nearly 100 PSM 1000 bodypacks, with Vaughn using Shure Wireless Workbench to keep track of it all.
“Axient Digital is a vital tool for the new wireless landscape,” notes Vaughn. “It allowed me to use more systems in a hostile RF environment in conjunction with analog wireless systems. Using my laptop, I was able to monitor and make changes, on the fly, to any of the units connected to Shure’s Wireless Workbench software. Overall, Axient Digital performed at a very high level, in a hostile RF environment, for some of the top country artists in the business.”
The broadcast mix featured returning music mix engineers Eric Schilling and Biff Dawes sending live performance mixes to broadcast production mixer J. Mark King. Inside the arena, the FOH mix was handled by Jeff Peterson, with Steve Anderson as house announce mixer. On stage, artists received their personal mixes from monitor engineers Mike Parker and Tom Pesa.
Among the performances powered by Axient Digital were throwback duets by Reba McEntire singing “Does He Love You” with Kelly Clarkson, as well as Alan Jackson doing “Chattahoochee” with Jon Pardi. Toby Keith used Axient Digital for his “Should’ve Been a Cowboy” throwback with Blake Shelton. Shure UHF-R systems were selected for Carrie Underwood’s highly anticipated return to the stage, and for Maren Morris’ performance of “Rich.”
Axient Digital gear was also used for live performances by Keith Urban with Julia Michaels, Luke Bryan, Little Big Town, Dan + Shay, Dierks Bentley, Darius Rucker, Kenny Chesney, Chris Young, Thomas Rhett, and Kane Brown with Lauren Alaina.
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