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Grammy Awards Show Uses Audio-Technica Microphones For 16th Straight Year

A-T provided over 250 mics for the live broadcast

By PSW Staff February 12, 2013

Jack White and duet partner Ruby Amanfu performing at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards using an Audio-Technica AT4050 multi-pattern condenser microphone. (Photo credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

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 more than 250 hard-wired microphones and Artist Elite 5000 Series UHF wireless systems.

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. .

Artists who performed throughout the evening using Audio-Technica Artist Elite 5000 Series UHF wireless systems 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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