Hollywood, CA (October 5, 2004)–Shot weeknights at the El Capitan Entertainment Center in Hollywood, ABC’s late-night talk show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, features a first-rate musical component, with recent guests like the Flaming Lips, Jet, Enrique Iglesias, Lenny Kravitz and The Roots grabbing stage time in front of the camera. Mixing for visiting performers, as well as Kimmel’s own house band led by Cleto Escobedo Jr. is Bart Chiate, an admitted “knob fiddler” who got his start back in the late ’60s at A&M records.
Moving over to television after racking up a series of successes in touring sound about 25 years ago, Chiate brings a decidedly Shure sound to his nightly tasks these days, relying regularly on favorites including ULX wireless, KSM’s and a number of Shure vocal mics. “When I started in the sound business, mastodons were still stepping into the La Brea Tar Pits,” he said. “Shure has been with me all the way. If the SM57 was the only mic on the planet, I’d be able to get along just fine.”
Given his druthers, Chiate often deploys Shure’s SM86 for vocals. “It’s a great sounding microphone, I liked it the first time I heard it,” he acknowledged. “It has a nice warm, open sound that lends itself to just about anyone’s voice in wide-ranging environments. The latter is important here at the El Capitan Entertainment Center, where I can find myself working anywhere from the lobby to inside the theatre, to the full concert stage in the parking lot out back.”
The show shoots weeknights at 7:75 P.M. Tickets are free via Kimmel’s official ABC website or by calling 866-JIMMY-TIX.