Grammys Turn to Audio-Technica for 15th Year

For the 15th year in a row, Audio-Technica supplied over 250 microphones for the annual Grammy Awards, held February 12, 2012, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
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Mike Love of The Beach Boys performed at the 54th Annual GRAMMY®s, held February 12, 2012, using an Audio-Technica 5000 Series UHF Wireless System.
Los Angeles, CA (February 15, 2012)—For the 15th year in a row, Audio-Technica supplied over 250 microphones for the annual Grammy Awards, held February 12, 2012, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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For the live show and broadcast, Audio-Technica supplied numerous microphones, including hard-wired mics and Artist Elite 5000 Series UHF Wireless Systems.

The sound system was provided by ATK AudioTek with FOH (front-of-house) Engineers Ron Reaves and Mikael Stewart, with the house audio supervised by Leslie Ann Jones, a 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 Eclipse and Horizon trucks 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. The broadcast audio was supervised by Phil Ramone and Hank Neuberger, also members of The Recording Academy Producers and Engineers Wing. 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.

Artists who performed throughout the evening using Audio-Technica’s Artist Elite 5000 Series UHF Wireless System included endorser Jason Aldean and The Beach Boys. Aldean performed using wireless AEW-T6100 Hypercardioid Dynamic Handheld Transmitters for his lead vocals, and The Beach Boys used a combination of AEW-T5400 Cardioid Condenser Microphone/Transmitters and AEW-T6100 units for their vocals.

The backline mic complement of A-T wired microphones included additional AE5400s for backing vocals, horns and rotary speaker cabinets (high and low); ATM350 Cardioid Condenser Clip-On Microphone for strings; AE5100 Cardioid Condenser Instrument Microphone for hi hat and ride; AT4050 Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone for overheads; and AT4081 Phantom-powered Bidirectional Ribbon Microphones and additional AT4050’s for guitar cabinets.

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