George Strait performs using Audio-Technica’s Artist Elite 5000 Series Wireless System with the AEW-T5400 handheld microphone/transmitter at the 41st Annual CMA Awards in Nashville. Photo by Mark Humphrey/AP Images. Nashville, TN (November 12, 2007)–For the 14th consecutive year, Audio-Technica supported the Country Music Association (CMA) Awards by providing a selection of vocal and instrument microphones for its annual awards show. The 41st Annual CMA Awards aired live, in 5.1-channel surround sound, November 7 on the ABC Television Network from the Sommet Center and featured over 250 hard-wired and wireless Audio-Technica microphones.
Audio-Technica was chosen to provide microphones for the live broadcast, including everything from backline vocal and instrument mics to frontline wireless systems for artists such as Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean, Brooks & Dunn, Kellie Pickler and George Strait. The CMA Awards presentation is recognized as “Country Music’s Biggest Night,” and represents the pinnacle of achievement for those involved in country music.
The extensive team responsible for the audio at this year’s CMA’s audio producer Tom Davis and audio coordinator Michael Abbott. ATK/Audiotek provided the sound system with FOH (front-of-house) engineers Patrick Baltzell and Rick Shimer; New York-based XM Productions/Effanel Music were onsite with their L7 and OBU remote recording trucks to create the music mix, facilitated by Music Mixers John Harris and Jay Vicari.
Audio-Technica endorser Kenny Chesney repeated his 2004 and 2006 wins as CMA’s Entertainer of the Year. 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, Kellie Pickler, George Strait and Audio-Technica endorser Jason Aldean.
The backline mic complement of A-T wired microphones included the AE6100 and AE5400 for vocals; AT4040 and AT4050 on overheads and guitar cabinets; AE5100 on overheads; AE2500 on kick: ATM250DE on kick and bass guitar cabinets; ATM350 on toms, percussion and strings; ATM450 on hi hat; and ATM650 on snare.