ATK Audiotek Provides Consoles, Main P.A. System for Grammy Awards

Mar 5, 2014 3:38 PM

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The Recording Academy presents the annual Grammy Awards telecast to honor outstanding achievements in the production and performance of recorded music. The 56th annual Grammy Awards were broadcast live in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network on January 26, 2014. More than 28.5 million viewers watched this year’s Awards telecast.

This year’s Awards were hosted by LL Cool J and featured performances by Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, Madonna, Beyonce, Jay-Z, Bruno Mars, Katy Perry and more. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis earned Best New Artist, Lorde won Song of the Year for “Royals,” while Daft Punk won Album of the Year for Get Lucky, plus two other Grammy Awards. In addition, Harman’s Lexicon earned a Technical Grammy Award, which is presented to individuals and companies that have made contributions of outstanding technical significance to the recording field.

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From left: Hank Neuberger, Grammy Awards Telecast Sound Supervisor; Bryan Bradley, Vice President, General Manager, JBL Professional; Michael Abbott, Grammy Awards Audio Director

A JBL LSR6300 Series 5.1 surround sound studio monitor system was used in the Television Committee Room, where Michael Abbott, Audio Director for the Grammy Awards, along with Recording Academy executives, relied on five JBL LSR6328P studio monitors and two LSR6312SP subwoofers to listen to the mix of the show in real time.

“Attention to detail is always essential for the Grammy telecasts, and this year’s Awards were no different,” Abbott says. “Thanks to the LSR6300’s accuracy and RMC Technology, we were able to hear every nuance of the performances, and the 6300s gave us exactly what we needed.”

Southern California-based live event sound, equipment rental and broadcast audio production specialist ATK Audiotek recently acquired a number of DiGiCo digital consoles and put them to work on the 56th annual Grammy Awards telecast. This is the third consecutive year that ATK has relied on DiGiCo consoles for the production of “Music’s Biggest Night,” with this year’s show marking the very first outing for the company’s latest purchases.

ATK, the audio production provider for the Recording Academy’s annual music celebration since the telecast permanently relocated to the Staples Center in downtown L.A. 14 years ago, made the switch to DiGiCo consoles in 2012. This year, the console complement included an SD10 for Mikael Stewart, front-of-house production mixer and ATK’s vice president of special events, plus an SD7 for Ron Reaves, FOH music mixer, seated alongside Stewart.






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