Three new Audio-Technica products—AT892 MicroSet™, 2000 Series Wireless Systems and the AT2020 Cardioid Condenser—will make their NAB debut at the National Association of Broadcasters expo at the Las Vegas Convention Center April 18-21 in North Hall Booth #N3322.
A giant stride in the technology of inconspicuous sound, the AT892 MicroSet™ microminiature omnidirectional headworn mic provides the ultimate in low-profile, high-performance audio. An omnidirectional condenser, “MicroSet offers an ergonomic under-ear fit and a large acoustical sweet spot for exceptional sound quality with forgiving placement,” says Steve Savanyu, A-T Market Manager, Installed Sound, Broadcast & Theater.
The new AT2020 establishes a new price/performance standard in side-address studio condenser technology. This versatile condenser makes Audio-Technica’s renowned quality and consistency standards extremely accessible for project/home-studio applications.
A-T developed the new 2000 Series Wireless Systems to make professional wireless features truly affordable. “Determined to eliminate confusing frequency groups and other frequency-coordination problems, we focused on ease-of-use features like automatic frequency scanning and all-channel compatibility, coupled with clear sound and durable construction,” Savanyu explains.
Talk to the experts
Along with highlighting new products, the Audio-Technica booth will host audio experts to answer visitors’ questions and help hone professional skills. “With audio playing an increasingly important role in everything from major sporting events to reality TV, Audio-Technica with its wealth of experience and knowledge brings a wide variety of affordable solutions for the video producer, sound designer and broadcaster,” says Savanyu.
Stop by the booth to discuss sports miking with three-time Emmy award winner, Dennis Baxter. Audio consultant to the International Olympic Games since 1996, Baxter has helped to define sports miking. “He brings the television audience into the middle of an event,” Savanyu explains. “Dennis has worked really hard on the whole soundscape design for the Olympics. The splash of a dive, the sound of hands on the pummel horse—there was even a microphone in the rosin bin.”
“A lot of people can mic a basketball game,” says Savanyu. “Dennis can also answer questions about sports miking for sports like archery, badminton, swimming. Dennis brings you the subtle nuances and all of the ambience of the event to make it sound as if you were right in the middle of the action.”
Another industry pro at the A-T booth, Grammy®- and Emmy®-winning composer, producer and trainer Douglas Spotted Eagle is ready for visitors’ questions on the essentials of audio-for-picture. Spotted Eagle’s work in filmmaking and with Native American music has also earned him DuPont, Peabody and Telly Awards. Highlights of Spotted Eagle’s instructional DVD Now Hear This: Superior Sound for Digital Video and Beyond will be running in the A-T booth, covering topics like microphone types and placement, wireless systems, recording environments, noise reduction, syncing multiple cameras, monitoring with headphones and more.
“What Douglas is doing is raising awareness among video users about better audio,” Savanyu says. “In the process, he’s raising the bar of quality for the next generation of videographers.”