A-T shines at the CMA Awards

A-T endorser Kenny Chesney did it again at the CMAs, winning his second straight entertainer of the year award November 7th. He has now picked up the Country Music Association’s top honor three times, with wins in 2004 added to consecutive wins in ’06 and ’07. Country Music's Biggest Night™ featured more than 250 hard-wired and wireless microphone systems from Audio-Technica.


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Jason Aldean performs using Audio-Technica’s Artist Elite® 5000 Series Wireless System with the AEW-T5400 handheld microphone/transmitter. This photo is by Rick Diamond/WireImage and is the property of Rick Diamond/WireImage.

George Strait performs using Audio-Technica’s Artist Elite® 5000 Series Wireless System with the AEW-T5400 handheld microphone/transmitte. This photo is by Mark Humphrey/AP Images and is the property of Mark Humphrey/AP Images.

Kenny Chesney performs using Audio-Technica’s Artist Elite® 5000 Series Wireless System with the AEW-T3300 handheld microphone/transmitter. This photo is by Mark Humphrey/AP Photo and is the property of Mark Humphrey/AP Photo.

Brooks & Dunn performs using Audio-Technica’s Artist Elite® 5000 Series Wireless System with the AEW-T5400 handheld microphone/transmitter. This photo is by Scott Gries/Getty Images and is the property of Scott Gries/Getty Images.

These images were taken at the 41st Annual CMA Awards in Nashville on November 7, 2007. Unauthorized use, alteration or reproduction of these images is strictly prohibited.

A-T endorser Kenny Chesney did it again at the CMAs, winning his second straight entertainer of the year award November 7th. He has now picked up the Country Music Association’s top honor three times, with his win in 2004 added to consecutive wins in ’06 and ’07.

For the 14th year, Audio-Technica has supported the Country Music Association (CMA) Awards by providing an extensive selection of vocal and instrument microphones for the awards show. The 41st Annual CMA Awards featured over 250 hard-wired and wireless Audio-Technica microphones — from backline vocal and instrument mics to frontline wireless systems for A-T endorsers Chesney and Jason Aldean, plus other top performers such as Brooks & Dunn, Kellie Pickler and George Strait .

The team responsible for the audio at this year’s CMA’s included a who’s who of broadcast audio: the audio was supervised by award winning Audio Producer Tom Davis; the Audio Coordinator was Michael Abbott; ATK/Audiotek provided the sound system with front-of-house engineers Patrick Baltzell and Rick Shimer; New York-based XM Productions/Effanel Music were onsite with their L7 and OBU remote recording trucks to create the music mix, facilitated by Music Mixers John Harris and Jay Vicari.

“I always turn to Audio-Technica”
Music Mixer John Harris remarked, “I always turn to Audio-Technica because of the audio quality, reliability and consistency from microphone to microphone, whether wired or wireless. Each CMA broadcast is a once-in-a-lifetime event, and there is no room for error. A-T gives me an unprecedented level of confidence, as I know the mics will perform flawlessly regardless of the situation.”

Chesney performed using Audio-Technica’s Artist Elite 5000 Series UHF Wireless System, with the AEW-T3300 microphone/transmitter. A-T’s 5000 Series was used with the AEW-T5400 microphone/transmitter for front-line vocals by Jason Aldean, Brooks & Dunn, Kellie Pickler and George Strait. The backline mic complement of A-T wired microphones included the AE6100 and AE5400 for vocals; AT4040 and AT4050 on overheads and guitar cabinets; AE5100 on overheads; AE2500 on kick: ATM250DE on kick and bass guitar cabinets; ATM350 on toms, percussion and strings; ATM450 on hi hat; and ATM650 on snare.

The CMA Awards presentation is recognized as Country Music's Biggest Night™, and represents the pinnacle of achievement for those involved in country music. The event aired live in 5.1-channel surround sound Wednesday, November 7th, on the ABC Television Network from the Sommet Center in Nashville, Tennessee.