By PSW Staff • December 22, 2009 Pictured at AES are (L-R) Gary Boss (Audio-Technica Director of Marketing), George Massenburg, Shingo Suzuki (Audio-Technica Engineer), Chuck Ainlay, Hiroshi Akino (Audio-Technica Engineering Department Manager), Greg Pinto (Audio-Technica V.P. of Marketing), Phil Ramone, Frank Filipetti, Michael Edwards (Audio-Technica Director of Product Management), Ed Cherney (Photo by David Goggin) Audio-Technica has had four new microphones in its 40 Series certified by the Music Engineering and Technology Alliance (METAlliance). Newly certified are the Audio-Technca AT4080 and AT4081 bidirectional active ribbon microphones, AT4050ST stereo condenser microphone, and AT4047MP multi-pattern condenser microphone. The new models, which were shown for the first time in the U.S. at the 127th AES Convention in New York, are designed and manufactured by Audio-Technica, a METAlliance Pro Partner. The METAlliance is comprised of a group of globally-recognized, award-winning audio engineers and producers who have been deeply involved in establishing techniques and technical standards that are the foundation of modern music recording. Founders are Chuck Ainlay, Ed Cherney, Frank Filipetti, George Massenburg, Phil Ramone, Elliot Scheiner, and Al Schmitt. The alliance is working closely with manufacturers to evaluate, recognize and certify products that meet the call for quality in the recording arts and science. “We are extremely proud that our new 40 Series microphones have been recognized and certified by the METAlliance,” said Greg Pinto, U.S. Vice President of Marketing at Audio-Technica. “Everyone at A-T worked hard to develop these new mics, and to have them certified by the METAlliance speaks volumes. This honor is particularly meaningful to us because it comes from a dedicated group whose mission of ensuring highest-quality music recording/delivery dovetails perfectly with our own.” “Audio-Technica has done it again with the introduction of four brilliant sounding microphones,” remarked METAlliance co-founder Chuck Ainlay. “Once again these microphones exhibit the same quality sound and solid reliability that we expect from A-T, but this time they have stepped out of their box by introducing two new phantom powered, active ribbon mics.” Phil Ramone added, “The reintroduction of ribbon mics has now achieved what A-T condenser mics have: a great warm mic that creates great identity for an artist.” The AT4080 and AT4081 are Audio-Technica’s first-ever ribbon microphones. A-T’s R&D team in Japan engineered and manufactured the AT4080 and AT4081 from the ground up, utilizing a hand-built, proprietary design with rugged construction. METAlliance Website Audio-Technica Website s a collaborative community that allows producers, engineers and audio technology manufacturers to work together to ensure the highest standards of audio production. Recognizing the industry’s success in bringing products offering convenience and low cost, the METAlliance is dedicated to the passionate commitment of securing the art of music through recording technologies that best deliver the music in all its many modern forms. To accomplish this goal, quality requires recognition and support. Alongside platforms for research and development, standardization and education, METAlliance also works closely with manufacturers to evaluate and certify products that offer the highest levels of quality in the recording chain. To date, only a handful of products have achieved this accolade. For more info, visit : and METAlliance : strategic union of music producers and engineers dedicated to the highest standards of audio and delivery of music, securing the art through recording technology in all its evolving modern forms. # # # Comments Have something to say about this PSW content? Leave a comment! Cancel reply Scroll past the ”Post Comment” button below to view any existing comments. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Tagged with: Audio-Technica Certification Manufacturer Metalliance Microphones · all topics Subscribe to Live Sound International Subscribe to Live Sound International magazine. Stay up-to-date, get the latest pro audio news, products and resources each month with Live Sound. Subscribe Today!