Hempstead, NY (October 20, 2008)–Senators McCain and Obama were heard loud and clear at the third televised presidential debate, held October 15 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY, through Audio-Technica’s SpectraPulse technology.
The Audio-Technica SpectraPulse mtu201 wireless XLR desk stand transmitter was used with A-T’s ES935ML engineered sound gooseneck microphone mounted within the conversation table in front of each candidate to pick up the audio from Senators McCain and Obama and transmit it securely, via patented ultra wideband (UWB) technology, with no interference. A SpectraPulse digital receiver module (drm141) was mounted directly above the conversation table in the lighting truss and connected to the equipment rack via a standard shielded Cat-5 cable. A new application of UWB technology, SpectraPulse bypasses the RF environment to deliver audio without the issues associated with conventional wireless systems.
Larry Estrin, of Studio City, CA-based Best Audio, serves as audio and production communications director for the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD). He stated, “The SpectraPulse product performed perfectly and proved that it has significant advantages to offer, not only in the secure boardroom scenario, but also in the realm of high-visibility, world-class events like this presidential debate.”
Estrin also utilized several different Audio-Technica microphones for use at the first two presidential debates (held September 26 in Oxford, MS, and on October 7 in Nashville, TN), and the vice presidential debate (held October 2 in St. Louis, MO). Audio-Technica has been outfitting the debates since 1988, when the CPD assumed sponsorship and production responsibilities.
Aside from the prominent use of A-T’s SpectraPulse at the October 15 presidential debate, specific Audio-Technica products used for this year’s debate series have included A-T’s Artist Elite 5000 Series wireless systems, AT898 and AT899 subminiature lavaliers and AE6100 hypercardioid handheld dynamic microphones connected to Audio-Technica’s AT-MX351 SmartMixer five-channel automatic mixers, utilized to pick up audio from the candidates, the moderators and the voting public alike.