A-T on stage for Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction

Audio-Technica supplied more than 70 microphones for the VH1 broadcast of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony March 10, 2008, in Manhattan’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel.


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Patti LaBelle performing with the Audio-Technica Artist Elite® 5000 Series wireless system using the AEW-T5400 microphone / transmitter. Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images. This photo is the property of Scott Gries/Getty Images. Unauthorized use, alteration or reproduction of this photograph is strictly prohibited.

Joan Jett performing with the Audio-Technica Artist Elite® 5000 Series wireless system using the AEW-T5400 microphone / transmitter. Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images. his photo is the property of Scott Gries/Getty Images. Unauthorized use, alteration or reproduction of this photograph is strictly prohibited.

Audio-Technica supplied more than 70 microphones for the VH1 broadcast of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony March 10, 2008, in Manhattan’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel.

“A-T is my go-to microphone because of their mics’ audio quality, reliability and consistency,” says John Harris, Music Mixer for recording specialists Effanel Music, the company that recorded the program and mixed the broadcast. Harris elaborates: “With a production this complex and hectic, having dependable, quality mics provides a huge amount of comfort for both the artists and the engineers—that is very important, and that is what A-T delivers, show after show.”

The 23rd annual induction ceremony of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honored new inductees including John Mellencamp, Madonna, Leonard Cohen, the Dave Clark Five and the Ventures, as well as legendary blues harmonica player Little Walter and Philly soul producers Gamble & Huff. The show was broadcast live on VH1 Classic.

Audio-Technica’s Artist Elite® 5000 Series UHF Wireless System was used with the AEW-T5400 handheld microphone/transmitter for frontline vocals on performances by Damien Rice, John Fogerty, Patti LaBelle, Joan Jett and Ben Harper (paying tribute to Leonard Cohen, the Ventures, Gamble & Huff, the Dave Clark Five and Little Walter, respectively), as well as for presentations by Billy Joel, Paul Shaffer and Jerry Butler. Noted saxophonist Alto Reed (Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band) performed with the Ventures using an ATM35 on an AEW-T1000 UniPak® transmitter.

The backline mic complement of A-T wired microphones included AE5400 for vocals; AE5100 for hi-hat; AT4047/SV for guitar cabinets; AT4050 for overheads; AE2500 for bass guitar cabinets; and the venerable AT4054 and AT4055 for Leslie cabinets and horns.

The technical staff for the induction ceremony was made up of professional audio industry legends. Mitch Maketansky returned as Audio Coordinator this year, organizing and assigning all the inputs and microphones for the event. Remote recording specialists XM Productions/Effanel Music used its L7 remote truck with GRAMMY® Award-winners Joel Singer and John Harris as Music Mixers, mixing the event’s audio onsite, while Jorge Silva was the Production Mixer. In addition, Tony Bandelato was the RF coordinator, Dave Natale was Front-of-House (FOH) Engineer and Tom Holmes was the Monitor Mixer. Jay Vicari once again served as Re-Mixer for Broadcast.