Music Industry News Network [02-26-2013]
GRAMMY® Awards Show Uses Audio-Technica Microphones For 16th Straight Year
— Audio-Technica provided over 250 mics for the live broadcast of the GRAMMY® Awards, as A-T maintains its definitive presence at high-profile awards shows —
For the 16th year in a row, Audio-Technica microphones appeared on the GRAMMY® Awards Show, known throughout the industry as Music’s Biggest Night®. This year, the 55th Annual GRAMMYs, held February 10, 2013, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, featured a wide selection of artists from various genres of music. For the live show and broadcast, Audio-Technica supplied over 250 of its acclaimed microphones, including an impressive array of hard-wired mics and Artist Elite® 5000 Series UHF Wireless Systems.
The GRAMMY Awards ceremony itself has garnered widespread notice throughout the years as it continually raises the standard for broadcast entertainment. The EMMY®-winning production was the first major awards show to venture into HDTV and 5.1 surround sound, and it was outfitted with the most advanced tools to ensure the highest fidelity for the evening’s performances. Audio professionals continually select Audio-Technica microphones to achieve exceptional quality amidst the ever-increasing sonic demands of the show’s musical portions. The team working on this year’s GRAMMYs featured many top-tier contributors who returned to ensure the success of this landmark event.
The sound system was provided by ATK AudioTek with FOH (front-of-house) Engineers Ron Reaves and Mikael Stewart, with the house audio supervised by Leslie Ann Jones, a prominent member of the Producers & Engineers Wing® of The Recording Academy®. New Jersey/California-based remote facilities company M3 (Music Mix Mobile) were onsite with their Eclipse and Horizon trucks to create the music mix, facilitated by Broadcast Music Mixers John Harris and Eric Schilling, while Tom Holmes was responsible for the overall broadcast mix. The broadcast audio was supervised by Hank Neuberger, also a leading member of The Recording Academy® Producers and Engineers Wing®. Michael Abbott returned as Audio Coordinator, and M3’s Joel Singer served as Engineer-in-Charge for the Eclipse broadcast mix truck, while M3’s Mark Linett served as Engineer-in-Charge in the offline Horizon remix truck.
For the home audience, CBS once again delivered the most advanced form of HDTV, with 1,080 lines of picture resolution and 5.1-channel surround sound. To meet the sonic demands of this format, the audio engineers and music mixers employed a wide range of Audio-Technica microphones for the GRAMMY Awards.
Artists who performed throughout the evening using Audio-Technica’s Artist Elite 5000 Series UHF Wireless System and AEW-T6100 Hypercardioid Dynamic Handheld Transmitter included Wiz Khalifa and Miguel, as well as T-Bone Burnett. Elton John used a hard-wired AE6100 Hypercardioid Dynamic Handheld Microphone for his vocals. Jack White and his duet partner Ruby Amanfu used an AT4050 Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone, as did jazz performers Chick Corea, Kenny Garrett and Stanley Clarke.
The backline mic complement of A-T wired microphones included additional AT4050’s for timpani, overheads, guitar cabinets and horns; ATM250 Hypercardioid Dynamic Instrument Microphone for bass amp; ATM25/LE Hypdercardioid Dynamic Instrument Microphone for toms; AE5100 Cardioid Condenser Instrument Microphone for hi-hat, ride and overheads; AT4050ST Stereo Condenser Microphone for overheads; AT4047/SV Cardioid Condenser Microphone for guitar cabinets; ATM350 Cardioid Condenser Clip-On Microphone for horns, timbale and strings; ATM450 Cardioid Condenser Instrument Microphone for snare bottom and tambourine; and AE5400 Cardioid Condenser Handheld Microphone for kick drum.
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