Leon Russell at the Ceremony with Audio-Technica’s Artist Elite 5000 Series Wireless Systems and AEW-T5400 handheld microphone/transmitter. Photo by Evan Agostini/AP Photo.
New York (March 18, 2011)—A variety of Audio-Technica mics were used at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony Monday night.
Marking the 14th year of the company’s involvement with the event, A-T supplied over 50 mics to capture the audio for the 26th annual induction ceremony, which took place at New York’s Waldorf Astoria on March 14, 2011. Inductees included Alice Cooper, Neil Diamond, Dr. John, Darlene Love and Tom Waits. Leon Russell received the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Award for Musical Excellence. Non-performing recipients included Jac Holzman and Art Rupe. The show will broadcast on Fuse on Sunday, March 20, 2011, at 9:00 p.m. Eastern and online at www.fuse.tv.
Audio-Technica’s Artist Elite 5000 Series UHF Wireless System was used with the AEW-T5400 handheld microphone/transmitter for frontline vocals on performances by Rob Zombie, as part of the Alice Cooper induction performance; award recipients Leon Russell, Dr. John and Darlene Love; and house bandleader Paul Shaffer. John Legend joined Dr. John onstage, using an Audio-Technica AE6100 Hypercardioid Dynamic Handheld Microphone, and Elton John, who presented friend and collaborator Leon Russell’s award, also used an AE6100 during the show’s finale.
The backline mic complement of A-T wired microphones included AE2500 Dual-element Instrument Microphone for kick drum; AE3000 Cardioid Condenser Instrument Microphone for toms; ATM450 Cardioid Condenser Instrument Microphone for hi-hat; AT4050ST Stereo Condenser Microphone for overheads; AT4080 Phantom-Powered Bidirectional Ribbon Microphone for guitar amps; ATM23HE Hypercardioid Dynamic Instrument Microphone for congas; AE5100 Cardioid Condenser Instrument Microphone for percussion overheads; ATM350 Cardioid Condenser Clip-On Microphone for acoustic bass; AT4055 Handheld Cardioid Condenser Microphone for horns; and AT4054 Handheld Cardioid Condenser Microphone for background vocals.
The technical staff for the induction ceremony was made up of professional audio industry veterans. Remote recording specialists M3 (Music Mix Mobile), the company responsible for both recording the program and mixing the live feed for broadcast, used its Eclipse remote truck with Jay Vicari as Music Mixer, mixing the event’s audio onsite. Joel Singer served as Audio Truck Engineer-in-Charge, and fellow M3 principal John Harris served as Audio Coordinator this year, organizing and assigning all the inputs and microphones for the event. The P.A. was provided by New York-based Firehouse Productions. Dave Natale served as Front-of-House Mixer, and Firehouse Productions’ Simon Welch was Monitor Mixer. FOH Production Audio was handled by Ron Reeves.
Jay Vicari remarked, “Once again, we used an assortment of Audio-Technica wired and wireless microphones for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony. I need to be able to draw upon a wide selection of mics that I know will capture the audio clearly and consistently, and Audio-Technica always delivers. This year’s event was no different than past ones, in that the A-T mics performed flawlessly.”