A-T mics dominate the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony -

For the ninth year in a row, Audio-Technica microphones were chosen to outfit the internationally televised VH1 broadcast of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. A-T supplied more than 60 mics to capture audio for event held March 13th in Manhattan’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel.


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Robbie Robertson (left) and Elvis Costello performing with Audio-Technica’s Artist Elite® 5000 Series UHF Wireless System at the 21st annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images. This photo is the property of Frank Micelotta/Getty Images. Unauthorized use, alteration or reproduction of this photograph is strictly prohibited.

James Hetfield using Audio-Technica’s AE54000 Cardioid Condenser Handheld Microphone, and drummer Lars Ulrich of Metallica at the 21st annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage.com. This photo is the property of Kevin Mazur/WireImage.com. Unauthorized use, alteration or reproduction of this photograph is strictly prohibited.

Kid Rock (left) and Johnny Van Zant of Lynyrd Skynyrd performing with Audio-Technica’s Artist Elite® 5000 Series UHF Wireless System at the 21st annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage.com. This photo is the property of Kevin Mazur/WireImage.com. Unauthorized use, alteration or reproduction of this photograph is strictly prohibited.

For the ninth year in a row, Audio-Technica microphones were chosen to outfit the internationally televised VH1 broadcast of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. A-T supplied more than 60 mics to capture audio for event held March 13th in Manhattan’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel, with the broadcast premiering March 21.

The 21st annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony honored new inductees, Black Sabbath, Blondie, Miles Davis, Sex Pistols, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss.

Audio-Technica’s Artist Elite® 5000 Series UHF Wireless System was used with the AEW-T5400 handheld microphone/transmitter for frontline vocals during performances by Kid Rock and Johnny Van Zant of Lynyrd Skynyrd for the Lynyrd Skynyrd medley; and Leela James, Solomon Burke and Marc Broussard for the Wilson Pickett medley. The 5000 Series was also used for the New Orleans tribute that featured Elvis Costello, Robbie Robertson, Buckwheat Zydeco, Geechie Johnson of Wild Magnolias, and Allen Toussaint. James Hetfield of Metallica used the hardwired Audio-Technica AE5400 during the Black Sabbath tribute.

Other A-T microphones used included AE5100 on hi-hats and ride cymbals; AE3000 on toms; AE2500 on bass guitar amplifiers; AT4050 on guitar amps and overheads; AT4051 on hi-hat; ATM23HE on conga and timbales; ATM35 on toms, sax, trumpet and trombone; and ATM35cW with AEW-T1000 UniPak™ transmitter on saxophone.

The technical staff for the induction ceremony read like a Who’s Who of professional audio. Audio Coordinator Mitch Maketansky organized and assigned all the inputs and microphones for the event. Grammy® Award winner John Harris was Lead Engineer for recording specialists Effanel Music, the remote recording company that both recorded the program and mixed the broadcast, while Jay Vicari was the Mix Engineer.

“We’re extremely pleased that the audio team for this year’s induction ceremony chose Audio-Technica again,” said A-T marketing director Gary Boss. “It’s great to be invited back. We’ve worked on many of these shows and have developed a strong relationship over the years with Mitch, John and Jay. We listen to their feedback and develop products that meet their needs for complex productions like this.”