Many people are referred to as industry veterans, but few musicians can boast a career as illustrious as the latest member of the Audio-Technica endorsee family, jazz legend Acker Bilk.

04-01-2003 Bilk’s long career has seen many milestones; the first recording to simultaneously top both the UK and US charts with the 1960 hit ‘Strangers on the Shore’, a collection of gold and platinum discs for record sales and the MBE he received in 2001 for services to music. 50 years at the top of the profession have not dimmed Bilk’s enthusiasm for live performance and his willingness to try new products reflects the dedication he still has for finding that perfect sound. During preparations for the 2003 UK tour, Bilk’s tour manager and front of house engineer for the past 30 years, Les Squires, called Audio-Technica to see if he could put a couple of microphones which had been recommended to him through their paces. “Every time A-T put a microphone in front of me I found it to be better than what we had been using, which is why we have finished up having a channel list which is packed with Audio-Technica.” That channel list is made up of 2*AE5400, 2*AE4100, 3*A4033ASM, 1* ATM23HE, 1*ATM25, 2 ATM35 and an AT wireless system. Squires continues, “I really like the fact that Audio-Technica’s have such a wide range of mics. I have mixed and matched manufacturers before, but there is something quite neat about having all the microphones from a single source. It also helps that Audio-Technica, and in particular, Paul Mason, have been very easy to work with and have paid special attention to matching exactly the right products to each part of the band’s sound.” The mics are proving to be excellent and have what I would call a signature Audio-Technica sound; warm, but detailed, which is just perfect for jazz.” Full details of Acker Bilks 2003 UK tour can be found on the website at www.ackersmusicagency.co.uk