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Miking CMA’s Country Christmas

Audio-Technica mics were used in a variety of ways during the annual CMA TV special.

Nashville, TN (December 17, 2018)—Everyone likes to get into the holiday spirit, but for the annual CMA Country Christmas TV special, that means getting into it a little early; even though the show aired December 10 on ABC, it was taped on September 27. Either way, a host of stars were a part of the event, including Dustin Lynch, Michael W. Smith, Diana Krall, The Isaacs and others.

Capturing all four of those acts were microphones and wireless systems from Audio-Technica. Managing the wireless systems was Clean Wireless Audio owner Jason Glass, wireless RF coordinator for this and other CMA events like the annual CMA Awards and CMA Fest.

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Dustin Lynch sang through an A-T ATW-C6100 capsule, while Michael W. Smith and The Isaacs both used the A-T ATW-C5400 capsule, and all of those capsules were on Audio-Technica third-generation 5000 Series wireless systems.

Also on hand were an assortment of wired A-T microphones, including eight A-T AT4050 large-diaphragm condenser microphones used on the choir, an AT4050ST large-diaphragm stereo condenser microphone used for the backline grand piano, and an AT5045P cardioid condenser microphones (stereo pair) on Krall’s piano.

The RF system employed Glass’s own RF helical antennas located on trusses approximately 40 feet in the air with 125-foot coaxial looms connecting to the RF system. “The RF service room was located across the corridor and under the bleachers, so it was very remote,” said Glass, “but we just dropped the A-T 5000 Series into our wideband antenna distribution system, and it worked immediately and flawlessly.”

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