Stow, OH (November 13, 2017)—The 51st Annual Country Music Association (CMA) Awards, broadcast live in 5.1-channel surround sound on the ABC Television Network, relied on more than 140 vocal and instrument microphones from Audio-Technica.

Audio-Technica’s Artist Elite 5000 Series UHF wireless system with the AEW-T6100a hypercardioid dynamic handheld microphone/transmitter was used for lead vocals by endorser Thomas Rhett, who performed “Unforgettable”; and gospel greats the McCrary Sisters, who performed “Chattanooga Lucy” with Eric Church and band. Additionally, Annie Clements, background vocalist with Maren Morris and Niall Horan, performed using the 5000 Series Wireless and AEW-T6100a on “I Could Use a Love Song/Seeing Blind.”  

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The backline mic complement of A-T wired microphones included the AT4081 phantom-powered bidirectional ribbon microphone on guitars; AT4050 multi-pattern condenser microphone on overheads and choir; AT4047/SV cardioid condenser microphone on guitars; AE2500 dual-element cardioid instrument microphone on kick drum; AE5100 cardioid condenser instrument microphone on hi-hat and ride cymbals; ATM650 hypercardioid dynamic instrument microphone on snare; and ATM350 cardioid condenser clip-on microphone, ATM250 hypercardioid dynamic instrument microphone, and ATM230 hypercardioid dynamic instrument microphone on toms.

The CMA Awards were presented last week on Wednesday, November 8, 2017, at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN. The team of industry veterans responsible for the audio at this year’s CMA’s again included a who’s-who of broadcast audio. Tom Davis served as audio producer; Kevin Sanford served as audio coordinator. ATK/Audiotek provided the sound system with FOH (front-of-house) mixers Patrick Baltzell (production) and Rick Shimer (music). Stage monitoring was handled by Tom Pesa and Jason Spence. James Stoffo served as RF coordinator/microphone tech. The broadcast music mix was handled by New Jersey-based M3’s (Music Mix Mobile’s) John Harris and Jay Vicari. J. Mark King served as broadcast production mixer.