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Left to right: Jimi Westbrook, Kimberly Schlapman, Karen Fairchild and Phillip Sweet of Little Big Town perform at 46th annual CMA Awards. (Photo credit: Frederick Breedon/FilmMagic)

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Shure wireless and personal monitor systems were utilized for a range of live performances by country music’s top artists at the recent 46th annual Country Music Association (CMA) Awards show held at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville and airing live on ABC-TV.

This year, monitor engineers Jason Spence and Tom Pesa relied on Shure PSM 1000 personal stereo monitor systems for most of the live performances.

“The PSM 1000 system has become one of my cornerstones for providing a solid mix to the performers on this show,” says Spence. “Delivering clean, dynamic audio with rock solid RF has never been better.”

Specifically, Spence and Pesa used 16 channels of PSM 1000 with more than 50 receivers.

In addition, Shure endorsers Little Big Town (Jimi Westbrook, Kimberly Schlapman, Karen Fairchild, and Phillip Sweet), who won Vocal Group of the Year (their first CMA Award win), performed “Pontoon” using Shure UR2/SM58.

Several other Shure endorsers also performed using UHF-R wireless systems with SM58 transmitters, including Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Brad Paisley, and Vince Gill. The Band Perry also performed, although they opted for UR2/KSM9.

Most of the other performances also used Shure UHF-R wireless and PSM 1000 systems, including those by Hunter Hayes (UR2/SM58), Faith Hill (UR2/SM58), Taylor Swift (UR2/Beta 58), Eli Young Band (UR2/SM58), Brantley Gilbert (UR2/SM58), Keith Urban (UR2/SM58), Kenny Chesney (UR2/KSM9HS), Willie Nelson (UR2/SM58), and Kelly Clarkson (UR2/SM58).

“It’s no surprise to me that a majority of the artists on this show are relying on Shure UHF-R wireless systems with the SM58 capsule for their performances,” states audio producer Paul Sandweiss before the broadcast. “The RF stability and sound quality continue to be the benchmark.”

In all, the 16 channels of UHF-R and all of the PSM 1000 systems were used during the evening’s performances, provided by ATK Audiotek.

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