Audio-Technica Mics Chosen for the 10th Consecutive Year at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

(Audio-Technica | Posted 2007-03-26)

Audio-Technica Mics Chosen for the 10th Consecutive Year at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

For the 10th year in a row, a broad range of Audio-Technica microphones was selected to outfit the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. A-T supplied over 100 mics to capture the audio for this widely celebrated musical event, which took place at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Midtown Manhattan. The 22nd annual induction ceremony of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame was held on March 12, 2007, with inductees including Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, R.E.M., The Ronettes, Patti Smith and Van Halen. The show was broadcast live on VH1 Classic, and for the first time, streamed live on the Internet at

Audio-Technica’s acclaimed Artist Elite® 5000 Series UHF Wireless System was used with the AEW-T5400 handheld microphone/transmitter for frontline vocals on performances by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five (Kid Creole, Cowboy, Grandmaster Flash, Melle Mel, Mr. Ness, Raheim), Aretha Franklin, Sammy Hagar, The Ronettes featuring Ronnie Spector, and bandleader Paul Schaffer.

Other microphones on the event included Audio-Technica’s AE2500, AE5400, AT4047/SV, AT4050, AT4054, AT4055, AE5100, ATM23HE, ATM25, ATM350 and ATM610.

The technical staff for the induction ceremony was made up of professional audio industry legends in their own right. Mitch Maketansky returned as Audio Coordinator this year, organizing and assigning all the inputs and microphones for the event. Remote recording specialists XM Productions/Effanel Music, the company responsible for both recording the program and mixing the broadcast, deployed its remote truck with Grammy® Award-winner John Harris as Lead Engineer, mixing the event’s audio onsite, while Jorge Silva was the Production Mixer. In addition, Dave Natale was Front-of-House (FOH) Engineer and Tom Holmes was the Monitor Mixer.

John Harris remarked, “Audio-Technica has been a mainstay at high profile award shows and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony is no exception. A-T continues to be my go-to brand of microphone because of the audio quality, reliability and consistency from mic to mic. When you're doing a complex production like this, having group of products with the sound quality and dependability of A-T provides a level of comfort for both the mixers and artists — and that is very important.”

Photo caption: Audio-Technica supplied over 100 microphones for performances at the 22nd Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony held March 12, 2007, at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. Shown (left to right) are Scorpio and Grandmaster Flash of Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five performing with A-T’s Artist Elite® 5000 Series UHF Wireless System. Photo by Kevin Kane/ (This photo is the property of Kevin Kane/ 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.)

Celebrating over 45 years of audio excellence worldwide, Audio-Technica is a leading innovator in transducer technology, renowned for the design and manufacture of microphones, wireless microphones, headphones, mixers, and electronics for the audio industry.

—For more information on the complete range of Audio-Technica products, contact Karen Emerson, Audio-Technica U.S., Inc., 1221 Commerce Drive, Stow, OH 44224. Tel: (330) 686-2600; Fax: (330) 688-3752; Web:

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