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STM Series For 4 Stages At CMA Country Music Fest

Posted on 08 September 2017

The largest rental house for NEXO’s STM Series is Morris Light & Sound, which supplied the modular line arrays for four different stages at the 2017 CMA Festival, one of the largest gatherings of country music stars and their fans, in the home of country music – Nashville.

The equipment was a vital part of offering more than 167 hours of music from 350+ artists and over 1,100 musicians throughout the course of the four-day festival.

Morris engineers used NEXO’s proprietary NS-1 software to design and model STM Series systems for the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage, the Cracker Barrel Country Roads Stage, the Music City Stage and the Durango Music Spot. NS1 allowed Morris to draw precisely all the venue listening planes and design the best possible systems for each stage.

John Mills, Senior Audio Engineer at Morris, configured the system throughout the week, measuring the seating areas and size of the space for each of the four stages. “For each stage where STM was deployed, we 3D modeled the area and used NS-1 to predict the performance of the system,” Mills explained. Morris also used the new NEXO NEMO v.2 software for monitoring and control of the system. This allowed each system engineer to have complete control and monitoring of amplifier channels in the system. “I received many great comments about the amazing sound of the new Yamaha RIVAGE PM10 Digital Audio Console and, as expected, many engineers were stunned by the clarity of the STM.”

Thanks to pristine NEXO and Yamaha equipment and the careful planning done by the Morris engineers, the four stages were hugely successful. “Mixing on a Yamaha PM10 with its fantastic workflow and ease of configuring allows for a stress-free experience for a new user as well as experienced engineers,” says David Haskell, president of Morris. “We are glad to support CMA at such an amazing festival and look forward to next year.”

Chevrolet Riverfront Stage:

Acts included Old Dominion, Michael Ray and Eli Young Band.

Main PA:

42x STM M46 main modules + B112 bass modules

42x STM S118 subs

6x PS10-R2s

4x PS15s

12x NUAR amp racks

16x 45°N-12 wedge monitors


Cracker Barrel Country Roads Stage:

Acts included RaeLynn, Hunter Hayes and Dan + Shay.

Main PA:

24x STM M46 main modules + B112 bass modules

4x M28 Omni modules

4x S118 sub modules flown on top of the array

16x RS18 subs

10x NUAR amp racks

16x 45°N-12 wedge monitors


Durango Music Spot:

An acoustic stage located inside the XFINITY Fan Fair X that hosted rising starts and legendary song writers like Stella Parton and Moore & Moore.

Main PA:

16x STM M28 main modules

4x RS18 subs

2x PS10


CMA Close Up Stage:

Acts included Martina McBride, Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers

Main PA:

24 STM M28 main modules

6x RS18 subs

2x PS10.

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