A-T shines at the 40th annual CMA Awards

A-T endorser Kenny Chesney repeated his 2004 win as CMA Entertainer of the Year, the top category at the 40th Annual CMA Awards. Country Music’s Biggest Night™ featured over 200 hard-wired and wireless microphone systems from Audio-Technica.

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Kenny Chesney performs using Audio-Technica’s Artist Elite® 5000 Series Wireless System with the AEW-T3300 handheld microphone/transmitter, held November 6, 2006 at the 40th Annual CMA Awards in Nashville, TN. Photo by Mark Humphrey/AP Images. (This photo is the property of Mark Humphrey/AP Images. Unauthorized use, alteration or reproduction of this photograph is strictly prohibited.)

“We use A-T because of the durability, reliability and the high quality audio they deliver.” Elliot Scheiner

A-T endorser Kenny Chesney repeated his 2004 win as CMA Entertainer of the Year, the top category at the 40th Annual CMA Awards.

For the 13th consecutive year, Audio-Technica supported the Country Music Association (CMA) Awards by providing an extensive selection of vocal and instrument microphones for its annual awards show. The 40th Annual CMA Awards, which aired live November 6th on ABC, featured more than 200 hard-wired and wireless Audio-Technica microphones. From backline vocal and instrument mics to frontline wireless systems for leading country artists, Audio-Technica was chosen to provide its clear and consistent quality for the live broadcast.

Kenny Chesney performed using Audio-Technica’s Artist Elite® 5000 Series UHF Wireless System, with the AEW-T3300 microphone/transmitter and AEW-R5200 true diversity frequency-agile dual receiver. 5000 Series wireless systems were also used by Miranda Lambert and A-T endorser Jason Aldean.

In addition, a wide array of Audio-Technica hard-wired mics were used for the broadcast, including: the new Artist Series ATM250DE on kick; Artist Series ATM350 on strings, rack and floor toms; Artist Series ATM650 for snare; AT4033 on bass guitar; AT4040 and AT4050 on guitar cabinets and overheads; AT4041 for hi-hat; AT4051 on ride cymbals; and AE5400 vocals.

Elliot Scheiner, known for his work with leading artists such as Steely Dan, Van Morrison, Fleetwood Mac, Sting, Foo Fighters, The Eagles, Nine Inch Nails, Aerosmith and many others, was the Music Producer at this year’s CMA’s; he was pleased to have Audio-Technica back as the major microphone supplier: “I’ve been working on the CMA Awards show for the past five years and we’ve been using Audio-Technica for as long as I can remember. The reason we use A-T is because of durability, reliability and of course, the high quality audio they deliver — especially the wireless systems. In all my years at the CMA’s, we have never had a problem with an A-T mic. Most of the guys that are working the show this year — Mark Repp, Doc Damon, Stan Dacus, Chad Hailey, Greg Lankford, and Brando Marius — have all worked the past 5 years with me and everyone agrees, this year’s show sounds better than any one we’ve ever done. And it’s not only because we are now doing it in surround sound, but the overall audio quality seems to be better — and what are you going to attribute that to? Microphones are the first link in the signal chain — that’s a good place to start!”

Michael Abbott, Audio Coordinator for this year’s CMA’s commented, “Once again, Audio-Technica continues to be a key partner at the CMA Awards. When you are doing a live broadcast, there is just one chance to get things right. And working with A-T, that gives me one less thing to worry about when putting a show of this scale together.”

The team responsible for the audio at this year’s CMA’s included: Grammy®/Emmy Award® winning Music Producer Elliot Scheiner, who supervised the audio; Audio Coordinator Michael Abbott; ATK/Audiotek provided the sound system with FOH (front-of-house) engineers Patrick Baltzell and Rick Shimer; New York-based Wireless First, a leading source of wireless sound equipment for major television and production companies nationwide under the direction of Kevin Sanford, supplied all the wireless microphones; Grammy/Emmy Award-winning engineer David Hewitt’s Remote Recording supplied the 5.1 production mix, while MTVN’s R8 mobile recording truck supplied the 5.1 music mix.

The 40th Annual CMA Awards show was hosted by Brooks & Dunn and broadcast live (for the first time in 5.1-channel surround sound) on the ABC Television Network, November 6, 2006, from the Gaylord Entertainment Center in Nashville, Tennessee.