Audio-Technica supplied microphones used for both candidates, the moderator and audience participants at the third debate in the 2012 presidential campaign on October 16 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY.
Larry Estrin of Best Audio, Studio City, CA, who serves as audio and production communications director for the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD), chose A-T for each of the four debates in the series.
Products used included A-T’s 5000 Series wireless with AEW-T5400a condenser handheld transmitters and AEW-R5200 receivers for President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney (allowing the candidates to freely roam while answering the evening’s questions), while AT898cW subminiature cardioid condenser lavalier microphones with AEW-T1000a bodypacks (doubled for redundancy) were provided for moderator Candy Crowley.
In addition, AE6100 hypercardioid dynamic handheld (wired) microphones, connected to an Audio-Technica AT-MX351a SmartMixer 5-channel mixer, were supplied for audience members asking questions of the candidates. A-T BP4071 Line + Gradient condenser microphones captured room ambience.
Candidate backup mics, required for redundancy, were additional AT898cW units with AEW-T1000 bodypacks and AEW-R5200 receivers.