A-T Mics Capture Sound for Town Hall Presidential Debate

Audio-Technica supplied microphones used on both candidates, the moderator and audience members at the third debate in the 2012 presidential campaign on October 16 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York


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Pictured are Governor Romney (left) and President Obama (right) at the October 16th town hall debate at Hofstra University, each using Audio-Technica’s 5000 Series Wireless with AEW-T5400a condenser handheld transmitter. Photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images (This photo is the property of Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images, and may be used by the press only for the purpose of one-time reproduction. Unauthorized use, alteration or reproduction of this photograph is strictly prohibited.

Also pictured are AE6100 Hypercardioid Dynamic Handheld (wired) microphones, set up for the audience members selected to ask questions of the candidates throughout the debate. Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images (This photo is the property of Win McNamee/Getty Images, and may be used by the press only for the purpose of one-time reproduction. Unauthorized use, alteration or reproduction of this photograph is strictly prohibited.)

Audio-Technica supplied microphones used on both candidates, the moderator and audience participants at the third debate in the 2012 presidential campaign on October 16 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York.

Larry Estrin, of Best Audio in Studio City, CA, who serves as Audio and Production Communications Director for the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD), has chosen A-T for each of the four debates in the series. A leading audio resource for high-profile broadcast events, Audio-Technica has provided a host of microphones from their comprehensive product line to pick up crisp, intelligible audio and cover the diverse needs of each debate.

Products used at the October 16th debate included A-T’s 5000 Series wireless with AEW-T5400a condenser handheld transmitters and AEW-R5200 receivers on President Obama and Governor Romney (allowing the candidates to freely roam while answering the evening’s questions); AT898cW Subminiature Cardioid Condenser Lavalier Microphones with AEW-T1000a body packs (doubled for redundancy) for moderator Candy Crowley; AE6100 Hypercardioid Dynamic Handheld (wired) Microphones, connected to Audio-Technica’s AT-MX351a SmartMixer® Five-Channel Mixers, for audience participants asking questions of the candidates; and BP4071 Line + Gradient Condenser Microphones for room ambience. Candidate backup mics, required for redundancy, were additional AT898cW units with AEW-T1000a body packs and AEW-R5200 receivers.