Maddie & Tae (l-r: Taylor Dye and Madison Marlow) performed through Audio-Technica 5000 series wireless mics at the annual CMAs.
Stow, OH (November 10, 2015)—Audio-Technica supplied more than 150 vocal and instrument microphones for the 49th Annual Country Music Association (CMA) Awards, broadcast live in 5.1-channel surround sound on ABC.
Presented Wednesday, November 4, 2015, at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN, the awards show featured an extensive selection of Audio-Technica hard-wired microphones, plus Artist Elite 5000 Series UHF wireless systems with AEW-T6100a and AEW-T5400a handheld microphone/transmitters.
The team of industry veterans responsible for the audio at this year’s CMAs again included a who’s-who of broadcast audio. Serving as co-audio producers were Tom Davis and Paul Sandweiss; ATK/Audiotek provided the sound system with FOH mixers Patrick Baltzell (production) and Rick Shimer (music); the broadcast music mix was handled by New Jersey/California-based M3’s (Music Mix Mobile’s) John Harris and Jay Vicari; and J. Mark King served as broadcast production mixer. Stage monitoring was handled by Tom Pesa and Jason Spence. James Stoffo served as RF coordinator/microphone tech.
Audio-Technica’s Artist Elite 5000 Series UHF wireless system with the AEW-T6100a hypercardioid dynamic handheld microphone/transmitter was used for lead vocals by A-T endorser Jason Aldean, who performed “Gonna Know We Were Here”; fellow A-T endorser Thomas Rhett, who performed a mashup of “Crash and Burn” and “Uma Thurman” with Fall Out Boy; Justin Timberlake, who guested with Chris Stapleton on “Tennessee Whiskey” and Timberlake’s own “Drink You Away”; and Hank Williams Jr., who sang his new single, “Are You Ready for the Country,” with Eric Church. The 5000 Series wireless was also used by Maddie & Tae, who performed “Girl in a Country Song” using the AEW-T5400a cardioid condenser handheld microphone/transmitter. Earlier in the evening, the duo won Music Video of the Year for that very song.