Audio-Technica Provides Microphone Solutions for CMA Awards for the 21st Straight Year

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— For the 48th annual event, which aired live on Wednesday, November 5, 2014, leading music mixers and award-winning performers again picked A-T for sound quality and reliability —

STOW, OH Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 50 years, supported the Country Music Association (CMA) Awards for the 21st year in a row by providing an extensive selection of vocal and instrument microphones for its annual awards show. The 48th Annual CMA Awards aired live in 5.1-channel surround sound Wednesday, November 5, 2014, on the ABC Television Network from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, and featured over 150 Audio-Technica microphones, including an impressive array of hard-wired mics and Artist Elite® 5000 Series UHF Wireless Systems with AEW-T6100a Hypercardioid Dynamic Handheld Microphone/Transmitters. Audio-Technica microphones were chosen for their ability to provide clear and consistent audio quality for live broadcast.

The CMA Awards presentation is recognized as Country Music’s Biggest Night™ and represents the pinnacle of achievement for those involved in country music. The team of industry veterans responsible for the audio at this year’s CMA’s 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 (front-of-house) 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. Stage monitoring was handled by Tom Pesa and Jason Spence.

Audio-Technica’s acclaimed 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 “Burnin’ It Down”; fellow A-T endorser Thomas Rhett, who sang “Get Me Some of That”; and Cole Swindell on his hit “Chillin’ It.” 5000 Series Wireless with the AEW-T6100a Transmitter was also used by Doobie Brothers founding members Tom Johnston, Pat Simmons and John McFee on an all-star performance of “Listen to the Music” and “Takin’ It to the Streets.”

The backline mic complement of A-T wired microphones included the AT4080 Phantom-powered Bidirectional Ribbon Microphone on guitars; AT4050 Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone on guitars, bass and overheads; AT4040 Cardioid Condenser Microphone on overheads; AE2500 Dual-Element Cardioid Instrument Microphone on kick drum; AE5100 Cardioid Condenser Instrument Microphone on hi-hat and ride cymbals; ATM650 Dynamic Instrument Microphone on snare; and ATM350 Cardioid Condenser Clip-On Microphone and ATM250 Hypercardioid Dynamic Instrument Microphone on toms.

“Audio-Technica is a key supporter for us during the CMA Awards,” stated Tom Davis, Co-Audio Producer of the 48th Annual CMA Awards. “Their artist relations and on-site technical support are both second to none. And of course, their wired and wireless mics sound great, and are consistently reliable. Having A-T in our corner makes our lives a whole lot easier!”

Jay Vicari, Co-Music Mixer, stated, “It is a very easy decision for us to choose Audio-Technica for the CMA’s year after year. A-T microphones are consistent from mic to mic, and A-T offers a wide range of microphones perfect for the singers and instrumentalists featured on the show. When doing a live broadcast, you want reliability, and A-T’s products and support put us at ease.”

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Photo Caption 1: Cole Swindell, performing at the 48th Annual CMA Awards on November 5, 2014, using Audio-Technica’s Artist Elite® 5000 Series UHF Wireless System and AEW-T6100a Hypercardioid Dynamic Handheld Transmitter. Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images. (This photo is the property of Rick Diamond/Getty Images and may be used by the press only for the purpose of one-time reproduction. Unauthorized use, alteration or reproduction of this photograph is strictly prohibited.)

Photo Caption 2: Audio-Technica endorser Jason Aldean, performing at the 48th Annual CMA Awards on November 5, 2014, using Audio-Technica’s Artist Elite® 5000 Series UHF Wireless System and AEW-T6100a Hypercardioid Dynamic Handheld Transmitter. Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images. (This photo is the property of Rick Diamond/Getty Images and may be used by the press only for the purpose of one-time reproduction. Unauthorized use, alteration or reproduction of this photograph is strictly prohibited.)