Numerous Mics Used on VH1's 'Divas Duets'

Jun 12, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors


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Hosted by Queen Latifah, the VH1 Divas Duets: A Benefit Concert for the VH1 Save the Music Foundation—held on May 22, 2003 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas—featured leading artists such as Chaka Khan, Beyoncé Knowles, Lisa Marie Presley, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, Mary J. Blige, Jewel, Ashanti, Sharon Osbourne, Aisha Tyler, Stevie Wonder, Pat Benatar, Shania Twain, Bobby Brown and the Isley Brothers.

Over 50 Audio-Technica microphones were used onstage, including the new Artist Elite 5000 Series UHF Wireless System, as well as two dozen Neumann KK 105-S/Sennheiser 5000 wireless microphone systems and an InnovaSon Grand Live Digital Console at FOH. New York City-based Wireless First supplied all of the wireless microphones. Location recording specialists Effanel Music, under the direction of music mixer John Harris, mixed and recorded the event in their L7 all-digital remote recording truck. Chaka Khan, Knowles, Presley, Blige, Jewel, Wonder and Twain all used Audio-Technica’s Artist Elite 5000 Series UHF Wireless System for frontline vocals. In addition, a broad range of the company's wired microphones were employed, including AE5400 (backup vocals), AE2500 (kick), AT4050 (overheads and percussion), AE5100 (hi-hat and percussion), AT4047 (guitar and bass guitar cabinets) and ATM35 (horns). Those using the hybrid Neumann/Sennheiser mics included Dion, Houston and Bobby Brown, Ashanti, the Isley Brothers, Benatar and host Latifah, as well as presenter Osbourne.

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