Shure at the American Country Awards

December 5, 2011

Las Vegas – MGM Grand Garden Arena

This was the second ACA show for Fox Network.  Production Mix Engineer Klaus Landsberg invited me to come out on behalf of Shure for this years’ show as they were going to be using primarily Shure wireless.  Sound Company ATK Audiotek would be providing the 26 channels of UHF-R Wireless systems and the 8 channels of PSM1000 ear monitor systems with multiple beltpacks as well as a compliment of wired mics.

Before flying out for this show, I received a text Friday evening from Earl Neal, FOH engineer with recently signed Shure Artists The Band Perry that the group wanted to use stock Super 55 ‘s on this show.  Prior to this show, they used darker gold painted Super 55’s on both the CMA’s in October and the Grammy Nominations Concert just last week.   Earl said they wanted to use the stock model and did I know of any place in either LA or Vegas that would have those.  I suggested a dealer in LA but that was the only dealer I could think of that would have 3-4 of those.  On my way to the airport the next day, I called Earl to see if he had any luck. We talked about some other options but he then mentioned he might send his wife over to Soundcheck to grab the 4 that were stored in Patty Loveless’ locker (an artist he’s worked for).  He got Patty’s permission.  I told him I could swing by and pick them up on my way to the airport and carry them out with me.  The Band Perry has now requested this mic on 3 major TV broadcasts!  They love the Super 55!

I arrived after 10 pm in Vegas on Saturday. The next morning, I received credentials and headed towards the backstage area at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.  Stopping at monitor world, Mike Parker was deep into learning a new DigiCo console.  About the PSM1000’s, Mike commented “I never leave home without them.”

Right next to him, I saw a table lined with over 20 P10R’s waiting for fresh batteries… a thing of beauty!  Had to grab a shot of that! Behind me, I spotted another photo op. Two racks of UR, 26 channels and a rack of 8 PSM1000’s.    Of the 11 performances on the show, 8 of the used Shure on lead and backing vocals. They also used 2 UR2/KSM9 transmitters for hosts Trace Adkins and Kristin Chenoweth.  From Trace’s incredibly deep voice to Kristin’s whose voice is high pitched, the KSM9 worked very well. ATK also utilizes 2 UR1’s for their podium mic setup.

I then went out to Front of House where Mikel Stewart of ATK was at the house production mix spot, the same role he takes at the Grammy’s and probably many more shows.  At the House music mix position was Ron Reeves, the spot he also enjoys at the Grammy’s (and many other shows).  One of Ron’s first comments was to pay compliments to the KSM 137’s they have been using on overheads at this show.  He likes to get most of his drum sound off of the overheads and loves these.

Klaus Landsberg was a wonderful host and said I could come into the production mix truck anytime I wanted to.  It was also great to see a lot of familiar crew people in site.  The rehearsals went very well, mostly ahead of schedule.

The Shure artists that performed on the show included Trace Adkins, The Band Perry, and Toby Keith.  Other artists that used Shure vocal mics included Thompson Square, Scotty McCreery, Chris Young, Eli Young Band, and Alabama!  Everyone used and enjoyed the use of the PSM1000 for their ear mixes.

Another show full of great Shure products with great artists!

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Ryan Smith

Ryan is a Regional Manager of Artist Relations at the Shure office in Nashville, TN. He started at Shure in 1993 in Customer Service and joined the AR team in 1996. Ryan has over 30 years of performance experience playing drums and percussion in various groups and genres. In his spare time he enjoys woodworking, watching movies, videography, and camping with his family. His Twitter handle is @ryan_smith1969.

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