Jack White and his duet partner Ruby Amanfu used an AT4050 multi-pattern condenser microphone at this year's Grammy Awards.
Stow, OH (February 21, 2013)—Audio-Technica supplied more than 250 microphones for this year's Grammy Awards, held February 10, 2013 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, marking the 16th year in a row of the company's involvement.
The provided microphones included an array of hard-wired mics and Artist Elite 5000 Series UHF Wireless Systems. Artists who performed throughout the evening using Audio-Technica's Artist Elite 5000 Series UHF wireless system and AEW-T6100 hypercardioid dynamic handheld transmitter included Wiz Khalifa and Miguel, as well as T-Bone Burnett. Elton John used a hardwired AE6100 hypercardioid dynamic handheld microphone for his vocals. Jack White and his duet partner Ruby Amanfu used an AT4050 multi-pattern condenser microphone, as did jazz performers Chick Corea, Kenny Garrett and Stanley Clarke.
The backline mic complement of A-T wired microphones included additional AT4050s for timpani, overheads, guitar cabinets and horns.
ATK Audiotek provided the show's sound system. The FOH engineers were Ron Reaves and Mikael Stewart, with the house audio supervised by Leslie Ann Jones, a prominent member of the Producers & Engineers Wing of The Recording Academy. New Jersey/California-based remote facilities company M3 (Music Mix Mobile) was onsite with its west-coast-based Horizon truck, as well as its east-coast Eclipse truck, to create the music mix, facilitated by broadcast music mixers John Harris and Eric Schilling, while Tom Holmes was responsible for the overall broadcast mix.
Hank Neuberger, also a leading member of the P&E Wing, supervised the broadcast audio. Michael Abbott returned as audio coordinator, and M3's Joel Singer served as engineer-in-charge for the Eclipse broadcast mix truck, while M3's Mark Linett served as engineer-in-charge in the offline Horizon remix truck.