Audio-Technica Is Vocal at the Grammys

Feb 25, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors


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For the fifth consecutive year, Audio-Technica microphones were used at the annual Grammy Awards ceremony, held this past Sunday, February 23, at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The 45th Annual Grammys was the first major awards show to be broadcast in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound. Audio-Technica supplied over 230 microphones, which included a broad selection of hard-wired mics, as well as several of the new Artist Elite 5000 UHF Wireless Systems.

ATK/Audiotek provided the sound system with FOH Ron Reeves, while the broadcast audio was supervised by the Recording Academy’s Producers & Engineers Wing chairman Phil Ramone, advisory council member Hank Neuberger and Murray Allen for Cossette Productions. New York-based 5.1 sound designer Randy Ezratty and his Effanel Music mobile remote trucks, with music mixers John Harris and Jay Vicari, provided the 5.1 and stereo feeds. Additionally, All Mobile’s "Resolution" high-definition production truck with production mixer Ed Greene provided the fiber-optic cable feed for the broadcast.

A wide range of Audio-Technica microphones was employed at the show, including AE3000 (rack and floor toms), AT4033 (hi-hat), AE2500 (kick), AT4050 (overheads and guitar amps), AE5100 and ATM35 (orchestra), AE5400 (back-up vocals), and AT4053 (acoustic guitars, cellos and bass). The new A-T Artist Elite 5000 Series UHF Wireless System was used for front-line vocals on Coldplay, Sheryl Crow, Kid Rock, No Doubt, John Mayer, James Taylor, Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters), Bruce Springsteen, Patti Scialfa and Steven Van Zandt.

Jay Vicari, co-music mixer for the Grammys, said, "I chose Audio-Technica because I think their microphones have superior sound quality, as well as being more versatile than other mics I’ve used in the past. Of course, there are a lot of other microphones that sound great, but they don’t work in almost every application—Audio-Technica does. I’ve been using the new AE2500 dual-element kick drum mic religiously on all the shows I’ve recently mixed. I know I can depend oon Audio-Technica [mics] and they will sound great."

John Harris, co-music mixer for the Grammys, recalled, "This year’s show is largely wireless by design. Five years ago, I started using A-T hard-wired microphones for vocals instead of the old standbys. I had remarkable success with those mics and since then, I’ve used them in every application I could. This year, many of the acts are using the new Artist Elite 5000 Series UHF Wireless System, which has the same capsule as the AE5400 hard-wired mic, so now I’m able to have the capsule that I like on a truly stable RF system. I complement the wireless with the AE5400 hard-wired mics for backup vocals. That’s one way I can achieve consistency in the audio and make my life easier.

Harris continued, "Since you can split the signal from the AE2500, I had it come into the Neve Capricorn Digital console as two separate inputs, which allowed me to copy and link equalizers. I brought the AE2500 in as two separate inputs, balanced them so that the volume and level were about the same and then I linked everything to them. Using this technique, the result is great coherence. The AE2500 is rapidly becoming my new favorite kick drum mic."

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