Steven Curtis Chapman, a contemporary Christian recording artist, is touring after a nearly two-year hiatus. Supporting a new album due in stores on September 21, 2004, Chapman has performed at a series of festivals back in late June and will be on the 70-city tour, entitled All Things New, in October. His live performances will feature Audio-Technica microphones, including the Artist Elite 4000 Series UHF Wireless System using the AEW-T3300 handheld microphone/transmitter.
The microphone complement for Chapman’s live dates includes three AT4050 mics on guitar amps, the dual-element AE2500 on kick drum, four ATM35s on rack toms, a pair of AT3035s serving as overheads on drums, an AT3031 on snare (bottom), an ATM25 microphone on bass cabinet, a pair of ATM63HE mics on the top of the Leslie speaker cabinet and an AT4055 on the bottom. In addition, all four background vocal microphones are using the AE3300, the wired version of the AEW-T3300.
Russ Long is the front-of-house mixer for Chapman, and has engineering credits that includes records with Sixpence None the Richer, Wilco and Dolly Parton. He says, “Steven gave me free rein in choosing the microphones he and the band use live, and Audio-Technica is the only line of microphones that can give you studio-level quality while performing live. At the same time, they’re as rugged as any touring microphone I’ve ever used, and they have an incredible level of reliability. So you really can’t ask more from any microphone under these circumstances.
“Audio-Technica’s customer support is amazing,” Long continues. “Whenever we need something, if an antenna is left behind at a gig or any problem at all, A-T is right there for us, even if it means over-nighting something to us. They not only keep us sounding good, they help keep us on the road.”
For more information on the Audio-Technica mics used on this tour, please go to www.audio-technica.com. For more information on Steven Curtis Chapman, visit www.scchapman.com. For more touring news, visit mixonline.com/livesound/tours.