EAW Adaptive System Cruzes At CMA Music Festival

The Chevrolet Cruze Park Stage, one of the top three venues at the recent CMA Music Festival in Nashville, delivered exceptional audio to thousands of fans with the help of an Eastern Acoustic Works Adaptive Performance sound reinforcement system provided by Sound Image, Nashville.

Located between the Country Music Hall of Fame, Bridgestone Arena and Schermerhorn Symphony Center, the Cruze Park Stage hosted a variety of up-and-coming country stars including Andy Griggs, Halfway to Hazard, The Sheepdogs, Lauren Alaina and Brett Young.

“I was familiar with EAW Anya but had not used Anna, a more compact version, before,” explains Everett Lybolt, general manager at Sound Image Nashville. “It is a wonderful sounding PA. One of the features we found extremely beneficial in this application, was the ability to program the system to cover a specific area. This allowed us to contain the sound and keep it off of the adjacent buildings – a real bonus. The clarity and audio quality was terrific.”

The Cruze Park Stage featured left-right hangs of 12 Anna per side supported by eight Otto subwoofers – 16 total – under each array. EAW’s Bernie Broderick was on hand during the event and notes, “The Sound Image crew is just fantastic – they are an experienced group that made setup a breeze.”

EAW’s Adaptive systems are designed to match the three dimensional performance requirements of any venue – indoors or out. Utilizing a high resolution array of discretely powered and processed transducers in tandem with EAW Resolution software creates optimal results. The controlled output of the Anna with Otto PA was ideally suited for the outdoor stage.

“The system control is very advanced,” Lybolt adds. “And setup was straight forward. It is probably the easiest system to rig ever – hands down.”


The Nashville Sound Image Crew (left-right) Tim Ziegler, Bernie Broderick (EAW), Heather Paige Vaughn, Peter McDonough


Photo Cutline 1: EAW Anna line arrays reinforced by Otto subwoofers kept country fans on their feet during the CMA Music Festival.
Photo Cutline 2: The Nashville Sound Image Crew (left-right) Tim Ziegler, Bernie Broderick (EAW), Heather Paige Vaughn, Peter McDonough
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