For Immediate Release
Photo Caption: Signature Sound performs with Audio-Technica Artist Elite® 5000 Series Wireless using AEW-T5400 handheld condenser microphones at the National Quartet Convention in Louisville, Kentucky, September 2004.
Photo Caption: Gold City performs with Audio-Technica Artist Elite® 5000 Series Wireless using AEW-T5400 handheld condenser microphones at the National Quartet Convention in Louisville, Kentucky, September 2004.
Photo Caption: Keith Skaggs, Stage Manager, shown backstage preparing Audio-Technica Artist Elite® 5000 Series Wireless AEW-T5400 handheld transmitters for the next performance at the National Quartet Convention in Louisville, Kentucky, September 2004.
Photo Caption: Pictured is Rob Snyder, System Designer and FOH Engineer, with
Audio-Technica Artist Elite® 5000 Series Wireless, backstage at the National Quartet Convention in Louisville, Kentucky, September 2004
Anaheim, CA 01-20-2005
WINTER NAMM SESSION — The National Quartet Convention, which took place at the Kentucky Fairgrounds’ Freedom Hall, in Louisville, September 13-18, 2004, showcased the remarkable performance and endurance characteristics of Audio-Technica microphones. The six-day event saw 120 vocal groups singing traditional Southern Gospel harmony before 20,000 attendees, with absolutely flawless performance by the A-T microphones.
The convention performances used 14 channels of the A-T Artist Elite® 5000 Series Wireless System, along with the ATW-A49 antennas and the AEW-DA660 antenna distribution system. A dozen AEW-T5400 and eight AEW-T3300 transmitters were employed, as well as an AEW-T6100 for the emcee. In addition, wireless control was enhanced by A-T’s proprietary AEWCI software running on a Macintosh® computer. A-T wired microphones that also contributed to a successful convention included the ES915/ML podium microphone, AE5100 on drum overheads, AE3000 for toms, AE5100 on piano, AE2500 dual-capsule cardioid microphone on kick drum, ATM63HE for snare, AE6100 on background vocals, and ATM35 on horns. Several of the performers also brought their own AT3035 microphones, used as the audio centerpiece for traditional group singing.
“The A-T stuff rocks!” exclaimed Keith Skaggs, Stage Manager for the performances in Freedom Hall. “No other wireless microphone in the five years I’ve done this convention has ever had longer battery life. That alone made this the easiest of the shows I’ve done, as far as microphones go. One year I spent more time on stage than the artists did, changing batteries constantly. And the A-T wireless systems were great technical performers, too. I’ve done shows where the soundcheck was fine, but then after five o’clock the little local radio stations fired up and the frequencies were so close together that it made a mess of it. Plus the hall is within a mile of the airport, with all the frequency issues that come with that. But the A-T wireless systems were complete champs — no frequency problems at all. In fact, there was only one issue with the systems during the entire week, and the Audio-Technica technician on the site ran down from the booth and took care of it immediately. Great microphone systems!”
Rob Snyder, the System Designer and FOH Engineer for the performances, agreed. “The A-T microphones have a great natural sound and clarity,” he noted. “In this style of music, the intelligibility of the vocals, including spoken word parts of the songs, is very important to the artists and their audience. The A-T microphones were both musical and highly intelligible, so they covered all the bases.” On the instruments, the A-T mics were just as exceptional. “Each microphone complemented each instrument perfectly,” Snyder stated. “For instance, the AE2500 made the kick drum sound huge.” The convention benefited from an extremely high-end PA system, including speaker components from Meyer, a BSS Soundweb for system EQ and control, and a Midas Heritage 3000 FOH console. Snyder concluded, “The A-T microphones were every bit as top-of-the-line as every other component in the system. Very little EQ was used. They were great-sounding from the minute we opened them up.”
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Audio-Technica is exhibiting at Booth #6740 during the 2005 NAMM Winter Session in Anaheim, CA.