— Lifeson and engineer Richard Chycki pick the AT4080 for its warm ribbon sound and rugged construction —

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Photo caption: Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson with Audio-Technica’s AT4080 Phantom-powered Bidirectional Ribbon Microphone, which he and engineer Richard Chycki used to record parts for the upcoming film "The Double." (These photos may be used by the press only for the purpose of one-time reproduction. Unauthorized use, alteration or reproduction of these photographs is strictly prohibited.)

Stow, OH 09-08-2011 "The Double," an upcoming spy thriller starring Richard Gere and Topher Grace, is set to be released on October 28, 2011, and the film’s score features the playing of Alex Lifeson, guitarist for legendary progressive rockers Rush. For recording his parts, Lifeson and engineer Richard Chycki used the AT4080 Phantom-powered Bidirectional Ribbon Microphone from Audio-Technica, worldwide leader in high-performance microphones, wireless systems, headphones and other professional-caliber audio equipment.

Chycki, Studio Engineer for Rush, Aerosmith, Mick Jagger, Pink and more, stated, “Alex wrote some really interesting guitar pieces and added his touch to a number of existing feature pieces in the movie, in addition to writing and performing the composition for the closing credits. I’ve always been a fan of ribbon mics on guitars, but usually they are very fragile. My friend Joel Singer from M3 [Music Mix Mobile] told me about the virtues of AT4080, so I checked it out, and I’ve been very impressed. The AT4080 has all the great sonic characteristics of a ribbon, but without the fragility that often plagues that type of microphone. I was very pleased with the character of the AT4080 – so much so, that we used it as the core microphone for the heavier guitar tones.”

Gary Boss, Audio-Technica Market Manager, stated, “Alex Lifeson is a superb musician with one of the most impressive resumes in rock. His recordings with Rush continue to influence all manner of musicians, and his guitar playing always inspires and intrigues listeners. We are honored that he and Richard decided to put our AT4080 to good use in recording parts for 'The Double.' I can’t wait to see the film and hear what they came up with.”

Please visit for more information, and watch for "The Double" in theaters October 28.

About the AT4080 Phantom-powered Bidirectional Ribbon Microphone
With the groundbreaking AT4080, Audio-Technica achieves the coveted ribbon microphone sound while solving the problems of fragility and low output that have historically plagued ribbon mics. Delivering the warm, smooth sound of a classic ribbon microphone, Audio-Technica’s handcrafted AT4080 Ribbon Microphone offers a robust build for long-lasting, reliable performance and higher output for maximum compatibility with microphone preamplifiers. Equally at home in recording studios and live-sound settings, the microphone features Audio-Technica’s innovative MicroLinear™ ribbon imprint, which protects the dual ribbons from lateral flexing and distortion. With 18 patents pending, Audio-Technica’s innovative ribbon transducer advances the evolution of ribbon microphone design.

Celebrating over 45 years of audio excellence worldwide, Audio-Technica is a leading innovator in transducer technology, renowned for the design and manufacture of microphones, wireless microphones, headphones, mixers, and electronics for the audio industry.

—For more information on the complete range of Audio-Technica products, contact Karen Emerson, Audio-Technica U.S., Inc., 1221 Commerce Drive, Stow, OH 44224. Tel: (330) 686-2600; Fax: (330) 688-3752; Web: