SpectraPulse® used at the final 2008 presidential debate


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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama (D-Illinois) at the third 2008 presidential debate, held October 15 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY. Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images. (Photo is the property of Win McNamee/Getty Images. Unauthorized use, alteration or reproduction of this photograph is strictly prohibited.)

Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) at the third 2008 presidential debate, held October 15 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY. Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images. (Photo is the property of Mario Tama/Getty Images. Unauthorized use, alteration or reproduction of this photograph is strictly prohibited.)

Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) (L) speaks as Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama (D-Illinois) and moderator Bob Schieffer of CBS News listen during the third 2008 presidential debate, held October 15 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY. (Photo is the property of Getty Images. Unauthorized use, alteration or reproduction of this photograph is strictly prohibited.)

Audio-Technica’s award-winning SpectraPulse® products use ultra wideband (UWB) technology to deliver the candidates’ audio with ultimate security and no interference.

After providing microphone solutions for the first two 2008 presidential debates and the vice presidential debate, Audio-Technica announces that its award-winning SpectraPulse® technology was used at the third presidential debate, held October 15 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY. The Audio-Technica SpectraPulse mtu201 Wireless XLR Desk Stand Transmitter was used with A-T’s ES935ML Engineered Sound gooseneck microphone mounted within the conversation table in front of each candidate to pick up the audio from Senators McCain and Obama and transmit it securely via patented ultra wideband (UWB) technology with no interference.

A SpectraPulse Digital Receiver Module (drm141) was mounted directly above the conversation table in the lighting truss and connected to the equipment rack via a standard shielded Cat-5 cable. A completely new application of UWB technology, SpectraPulse bypasses the increasingly congested RF environment to deliver clear, intelligible audio without the performance and set-up issues associated with conventional wireless systems.

“The SpectraPulse product performed perfectly”
“The SpectraPulse product performed perfectly and proved that it has significant advantages to offer, not only in the secure boardroom scenario but also in the world of high-visibility world-class events like this presidential debate,” said Larry Estrin, of Studio City, CA-based Best Audio, who serves as Audio and Production Communications Director for the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD).

Estrin also utilized several different Audio-Technica microphones at the first two presidential debates (held September 26 in Oxford, MS, and October 7 in Nashville, TN), and the vice presidential debate (held October 2 in St. Louis, MO). In fact, Audio-Technica has been outfitting the debates since 1988, when the CPD assumed sponsorship and production responsibilities. With the company marking its 20th anniversary as the premier mic supplier for the presidential debates, a host of microphones from Audio-Technica’s comprehensive product line has been featured to cover the diverse needs of each application.

Aside from the prominent use of A-T’s SpectraPulse at the October 15 presidential debate, specific Audio-Technica products used for this year’s debate series have included A-T’s Artist Elite® 5000 Series Wireless Systems, AT898 and AT899 Subminiature Lavaliers and AE6100 Hypercardioid Handheld Dynamic Microphones connected to Audio-Technica’s AT-MX351 SmartMixer® Five-channel Automatic Mixers, utilized to pick up crisp, intelligible audio from the candidates, the moderators and the voting public alike.

Greg Pinto, Audio-Technica VP of Marketing, remarked, “We are very proud that our innovative SpectraPulse wireless microphone system was chosen for an event of this historic magnitude. In high-profile broadcast events like this, when there is no second chance to get the audio right, it is a special honor to have our products selected as the go-to microphone solution for outstanding sound and reliable performance.”