Held in Wilkesboro, N.C., Merlefest’s line-up included Leon Russell, The Charlie Daniels Band, Avett Brothers, Del McCoury Band, Donna the Buffalo, Jim Lauderdale, Michael Martin Murphey, Peter Rowan, Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush, and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.
The system consisted of 15x M46/B112 per side for mains, 16x S118 subs in cardioid mode per side, 2x M46 for front fills, and a three-stack of M46/B112s for out fills in the VIP area. A Yamaha DME64 digital mixing engine functioned as a converter from analog to Dante that was networked to all NXAMPs. 20x NEXO 45°N-12 line monitors were also used on the main stage.
“The NEXO STM system was very musical, even horizontally and vertically, stated Chris West, front-of-house engineer at the Watson Stage. “The mix sounded the same on the ground and at FOH. The throw was incredible; we hardly used the delays.”
“The NEXO STM system sounded natural, even at high volume,” said Haley Miller, monitor engineer at the Watson Stage. “When dealing with acoustic music, the environment plays a large part, so a natural-sounding system is always a plus. On stage it was quiet, and sometimes we couldn’t tell if the PA was on; the system allowed great isolation from stage to FOH with no bleed.”
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