Sound Image Deploys L-Acoustics For CMA Music Festival
NASHVILLE, TN – This year’s CMA Music Festival set records with daily attendance of 87,680 fans coming to see and hear artists including Zac Brown Band, Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Sam Hunt, Rascal Flatts, Brad Paisley, Keith Urban and Eric Church.
Returning for a third time as the sound reinforcement provider for the shows at LP Field was Sound Image, which fielded a huge L-Acoustics K1 system featuring 72 K1, 12 Kara and 16 Kudo line source elements, 16 K1-SB enclosures, 32 SB28 low frequency elements, and 78 LA8 amplified controllers.
The system was similar to what Sound Image has deployed for the previous two CMA Music Festival events, but featured additional subwoofers and even more precise and consistent audience coverage thanks to refinements in L-Acoustics’ Soundvision predictive software, which enabled system designers and crew to position speaker arrays with accuracy.
“Over the past several years, we’ve learned from our experiences at LP Field with the CMA shows, and each year the sound system performance gets better and better,” says Everett Lybolt, general manager of Sound Image’s Nashville office.
“The K1 is a great system and it’s especially good for this kind of festival show, because it provides such great coverage while giving our system techs lots of flexibility to tailor it to each artist.”
LP Field’s two primary loudspeaker arrays consisted of six K1-SB and 16 K1 with three Kara downfills below, flanked by angled side hangs each featuring two K1-SB, 12 K1 and three Kara. Two six-Kudo auxiliary arrays covered the extreme left and right upper stadium seats, while two delay hangs near the back end of the field were both comprised of eight K1. Low-frequency reinforcement was augmented with three cardioid stacks of four SB28 per side and four pairings of two SB28 for center sub fill. Two stacks of two Kudo enclosures were perched atop the far left and right center sub fills to both cover the first 30 feet of the audience as well as help bring the imaging down from the main system. All systems were powered and processed by a combined total of 24 LA-Rak touring racks, each equipped with three LA8 amplified controllers.