â€” FOH Engineer Russell Fischer and Monitor Engineer Andrea â€œVitoâ€? Carena applaud Audio-Technicaâ€™s Artist EliteÂ® 5000 Series UHF Wireless System for frontline vocalsâ€”
STOW, OH, November 18, 2009 â€” Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 45 years, is proud to have been selected as the microphone manufacturer of choice for frontline and backing vocals on multi-platinum-selling singer/songwriter Taylor Swiftâ€™s Fearless tour.
Swiftâ€™s vocal microphone needed to be suited to her voice and able to reliably reject feedback, even as Swift interacts with the crowd in front of the main P.A. loudspeakers. Front-of-House (FOH) Engineer Russell Fischer and Monitor Mixer Andrea â€œVitoâ€? Carena, together with Swift, chose Audio-Technicaâ€™s 5000 Series Wireless System for the tour because of its overall sound quality, gain-before-feedback properties and reliability.
align="left">Swift uses Audio-Technicaâ€™s acclaimed Artist EliteÂ® 5000 Series UHF Wireless System with an AEW-T4100 Cardioid Dynamic Handheld Transmitter for her lead vocals, and all background vocals are handled by the 5000 Series Wireless System with AEW-T5400 Cardioid Condenser Handheld Transmitter, with all systems using the AEW-R5200 True Diversity Frequency-Agile Dual Receiver. Fischer, who has in the past worked with such diverse artists as Toby Keith, Keith Anderson, Janeâ€™s Addiction and Skid Row, among others, selected other Audio-Technica mics for the Fearless tour, including AT4050 Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphones on guitars and overheads, AT4051 Cardioid Condenser Microphone on snare bottom and an ATM25 Hypercardioid Dynamic Instrument Microphone for kick drum.
Fischer recalled, â€œDuring rehearsals for the tour, we tried a number of different wireless systems and mics from a variety of manufacturers on Taylorâ€™s vocals, but we kept coming back to the Audio-Technica 5000 Series Wireless and the T4100. And we all agreed that the A-T was the right system for the job. For me, I needed a mic that would give me gain before feedback and work well with a female vocal. Because sheâ€™s moving around the stage a lot, going in front of the P.A. system plane, we need to make sure feedback doesnâ€™t creep in the mix, so we needed something that had massive rejection and controllable gain before feedback. The mic really sounds great â€“ it sounds like her.â€?
Vito, who additionally worked as monitor engineer for such artists as Keith Anderson, Colbie Caillat and Trick Pony, added, â€œThis is the biggest tour I've been on yet, and that naturally presents some pretty big wireless challenges, but the A-T system has been very comfortable to work with. I've never had a problem squeezing in all the frequencies or having them work flawlessly as a matter of fact. From arenas to clubs, from award shows to subway stations, the A-T has been rock solid.â€?
Swiftâ€™s Fearless tour resumes in London on November 23, and after an early-2010 jaunt to Australia, she will be back in North America, beginning March 4, 2010, in Tampa, Florida. Please visit www.taylorswift.com and www.audio-technica.com for more information.