Over 250 Audio-Technica microphones appeared at the 2012 Grammy Awards, marking the 15th straight year that the company has served the prestigious live broadcast.
The 54th annual Grammy Awards show, held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, featured a wide selection of the company’s hard-wired mics and Artist Elite 5000 Series UHF Wireless Systems.
The sound system was provided by ATK AudioTek with FOH engineers Ron Reaves and Mikael Stewart, while the house audio was supervised by Leslie Ann Jones, of the Producers & Engineers Wing of The Recording Academy.
New Jersey/California-based remote facilities company M3 (Music Mix Mobile) were onsite with their Eclipse and Horizon trucks to create the music mix, facilitated by Broadcast Music Mixers John Harris and Eric Schilling, while Tom Holmes was responsible for the overall broadcast mix. Phil Ramone and Hank Neuberger, also members of The Recording Academy Producers and Engineers Wing, supervised the audio broadcast.
A number of high-profile artists used the company’s Artist Elite 5000 Series UHF Wireless Systems throughout the evening, including Audio-Technica endorser Jason Aldean and The Beach Boys. Aldean performed using wireless AEW-T6100 Hypercardioid Dynamic Handheld Transmitters for his lead vocals, and The Beach Boys used a combination of AEW-T5400 Cardioid Condenser Microphone/Transmitters and AEW-T6100 units for their vocals.
The backline mic complement of Audio-Technica wired microphones included additional AE5400s for backing vocals, horns and rotary speaker cabinets (high and low); ATM350 Cardioid Condenser Clip-On Microphone for strings; AE5100 Cardioid Condenser Instrument Microphone for hi hat and ride; AT4050 Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone for overheads; and AT4081 Phantom-powered Bidirectional Ribbon Microphones and additional AT4050’s for guitar cabinets.