Shure Wireless Systems Rule “Country Music's Biggest Night” Artists and Engineers Rely on UHF-R® and PSM®1000 Systems for 46th CMA Awards

November 12, 2012

NASHVILLE, Tenn., November 12, 2012—Shure products took center stage at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville with several of country music’s top artists and bands at the 46th annual Country Music Association (CMA) Awards show, which aired live on ABC-TV on Thursday, November 1. This year, monitor engineers Jason Spence and Tom Pesa relied exclusively on Shure PSM 1000 Personal Stereo Monitor Systems for most of the live performances in Nashville.

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

For this year’s broadcast, Spence and Pesa used 16 channels of PSM 1000 with more than 50 receivers.

Shure endorsers, Little Big Town (Jimi Westbrook, Kimberly Schlapman, Karen Fairchild, and Phillip Sweet), who won Vocal Group of the Year, which was their first CMA Award win, performed “Pontoon” using 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,” said 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 used during the evening’s performances were provided by ATK Audiotek.