Nashville, TN (November 4, 2016)—This year’s 5.1 live broadcast of the 50th annual Country Music Association (CMA) Awards, presented Wednesday, November 2, 2016 in Nashville, involved more than 120 Audio-Technica vocal and instrument microphones.
Broadcast live in 5.1-channel surround sound on the ABC Television Network, the awards show featured an extensive selection of Audio-Technica hard-wired microphones, plus Artist Elite 5000 Series UHF wireless systems with AEW-T6100a handheld microphone/transmitter.
The team of industry veterans responsible for the audio at this year’s CMAs included a who’s-who of broadcast audio. Tom Davis served as audio producer; Kevin Sanford served as audio coordinator; ATK/Audiotek provided the sound system with FOH mixers Patrick Baltzell (production mixer) and Rick Shimer (music mixer); the broadcast music mix was handled by New Jersey/California-based M3’s (Music Mix Mobile’s) John Harris and Jay Vicari; J. Mark King served as broadcast production mixer. Stage monitoring was handled by Tom Pesa and Jason Spence, and 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 “Brand New Man” with Brooks & Dunn; and fellow A-T endorser Thomas Rhett, who performed “Die a Happy Man,” winner of the Single of the Year award during the broadcast.
The backline mic complement of A-T wired microphones included the AT4081 phantom-powered bidirectional ribbon microphone on guitars; AT4050 multi-pattern condenser microphone on overheads; AT4047/SV cardioid condenser microphone on guitars; AE2500 dual-element cardioid instrument microphone on kick drum; AE5100 cardioid condenser instrument microphone on hi-hat and ride cymbals; ATM650 hypercardioid dynamic instrument microphone on snare; and ATM350 cardioid condenser clip-on microphone and ATM250 hypercardioid dynamic instrument microphone on toms.