Audio-Technica Mics Chosen For Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony

(Audio-Technica | Posted 2008-03-24)

Audio-Technica Mics Chosen For Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony

For the 11th year in a row, a broad range of Audio-Technica microphones was selected to outfit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. A-T supplied over 70 mics to capture the audio for this widely celebrated musical event, which took place at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Midtown Manhattan. The 23rd annual induction ceremony of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was held on March 10, 2008, with inductees including John Mellencamp, Madonna, Leonard Cohen, the Dave Clark Five and the Ventures, as well as legendary blues harmonica player Little Walter and Philly soul producers Gamble & Huff. The show was broadcast live on VH1 Classic.

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 Damien Rice, John Fogerty, Patti LaBelle, Joan Jett and Ben Harper (paying tribute to Leonard Cohen, the Ventures, Gamble & Huff, the Dave Clark Five and Little Walter, respectively), as well as for presentations by Billy Joel, Paul Shaffer and Jerry Butler. Noted saxophonist Alto Reed (Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band) performed with the Ventures using an ATM35 on an AEW-T1000 UniPak transmitter.

The backline mic complement of A-T wired microphones included AE5400 for vocals; AE5100 for hi-hat; AT4047/SV for guitar cabinets; AT4050 for overheads; AE2500 for bass guitar cabinets; and the venerable AT4054 and AT4055 for Leslie cabinets and horns.

The technical staff for the induction ceremony was made up of professional audio industry legends. 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, used its L7 remote truck with Joel Singer and GRAMMY Award-winner John Harris as Music Mixers, mixing the event's audio onsite, while Jorge Silva was the Production Mixer. In addition, Tony Bandelato was the RF coordinator, Dave Natale was Front-of-House (FOH) Engineer and Tom Holmes was the Monitor Mixer. Jay Vicari once again served as Re-Mixer for Broadcast.

John Harris remarked, "Audio-Technica continues to be an indelible part of high-profile award shows, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony is no exception. A-T is my go-to microphone because of their mics' audio quality, reliability and consistency. With a production this complex and hectic, having dependable, quality mics provides a huge amount of comfort for both the artists and the engineers--that is very important, and that is what A-T delivers, show after show."

Photo caption: Audio-Technica supplied over 70 microphones for performances at the 23rd Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony held March 10, 2008, at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. Shown is Patti LaBelle performing with the Audio-Technica Artist Elite 5000 Series wireless system using the AEW-T5400 microphone / transmitter. Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images. (This photo is the property of Scott Gries/Getty Images 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.

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