Audio-Technica endorser and
2008 CMA Entertainer of the Year
Kenny Chesney performs using
Audio-Technica’s Artist Elite 5000
Series Wireless System with the
and AEW-R5200 dual receiver at
the 42nd Annual CMA Awards.
Nashville (November 14, 2008)–For the 15th consecutive year, Audio-Technica supported the Country Music Association (CMA) Awards, held earlier this week, by providing vocal and instrument microphones for its annual awards show.
The 42nd Annual CMA Awards aired live in 5.1-channel surround sound Wednesday, November 12th, on ABC from the Sommet Center in Nashville, and featured more than 250 hard-wired and wireless Audio-Technica microphones. Backline vocal and instrument mics, as well as frontline wireless systems, were used by country artists ranging from Brooks & Dunn to Audio-Technica endorsers Jason Aldean and Kenny Chesney for the live broadcast.
The audio was supervised by award-winning audio producers Michael Abbott and Tom Davis; ATK/Audiotek provided the sound system with FOH (front-of-house) production mixer Patrick Baltzell and FOH music mixer Rick Shimer; the broadcast music mix was handled by Frenchtown, New Jersey-based Music Mix Mobile music mixers John Harris and Jay Vicari.
Audio-Technica endorser Kenny Chesney once again won CMA’s Entertainer of the Year, with 2008 being the fourth time he has taken home that award. Chesney performed using Audio-Technica’s Artist Elite 5000 Series UHF Wireless System, with the AEW-T3300 microphone/transmitter and AEW-R5200 true diversity frequency-agile dual receiver. 5000 Series wireless systems were used with the AEW-T5400 microphone/transmitter for front-line vocals by Brooks & Dunn and Audio-Technica endorser Jason Aldean. The backline mic complement of A-T wired microphones included the AE5400 for vocals; AT4040 and AT4050 on overheads and guitar cabinets; AT4047 on guitars; AE5100 on overheads; AE2500 and ATM250 on kick; AE3000 and ATM350 on toms, percussion; ATM450 on hi hat; and ATM650 on snare.
Music mixer Jay Vicari stated, “For many years, Audio-Technica has been, and continues to be, my go-to mic because of clarity, fidelity, overall reliability and consistency from microphone to microphone. With A-T, I don’t have to work as hard to get a great vocal sound, and that makes my life a lot easier. Plus, the quality of audio that comes through with A-T’s RF is not sacrificed because it’s a wireless–it’s transparent.”
Music mixer John Harris echoes Vicari’s remarks: “For high-profile broadcast events like the CMAs, I always turn to Audio-Technica because you don’t have any room for error. A-T gives me an unwavering level of confidence, as I know the mics will perform flawlessly regardless of the situation.”
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