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GRAMMY® Awards ceremony features A-T microphones for 10th year

Audio-Technica supplied 270 microphones for the live broadcast of the 49th Annual GRAMMY® Awards held February 11, 2007, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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Justin Timberlake and contest winner Robyn Troup perform with the Audio-Technica Artist Elite 5000 Series wireless systems at the 49th Grammy Awards. Timberlake used a custom AEW-T4100 microphone/transmitter, while Troup used an AEW-T5400 microphone/ transmitter.

Corinne Bailey Rae performs with the Audio-Technica Artist Elite AE6100 hard-wired microphone.

Ludacris performs with the Audio-Technica Artist Elite 5000 Series wireless system using the AEW-T5400 microphone/transmitter.

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Audio-Technica supplied 270 microphones for the live broadcast of the 49th Annual GRAMMY® Awards held February 11, 2007, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

“We’re excited to see the ATM350 and other new A-T microphones at the GRAMMYs this year,” said John Harris, Music Mixer for the 49TH Annual GRAMMYs, adding: “With Audio-Technica as a key partner, we can cover virtually any onstage need because they offer such a broad array of mics. And of course the reliability, consistency and fidelity of their products is second to none.”

Audio-Technica’s Artist Elite 5000 Series UHF Wireless System was used with a custom AEW-T4100 handheld microphone/transmitter for vocals by Justin Timberlake, recipient of two of the evening's GRAMMY Awards. For the "My GRAMMY Moment" duet with Timberlake, contest winner Robyn Troup performed using 5000 Series wireless with an AEW-T5400 transmitter. The AEW-T5400 was also used by John Legend, who received the Best Male R&B Vocal Performance GRAMMY. In addition, A-T's 5000 Series wireless coupled with the AEW-T5400 was featured on vocals by Ludacris — GRAMMY winner in the categories of both Rap Album and Rap Song — as well as for Smokey Robinson's segment. 5000 Series wireless systems were used with the AEW-T1000 UniPak™ and the new Artist Series ATM350 for violin, viola and cello.

A hard-wired AE6100 was used for Corinne Bailey Rae's vocals. The renowned dual-element AE2500 was the leading choice for kick drums, while the AE5100 graced ride cymbals, percussion and woodwinds. The AE5400 captured background vocals and Leslie cabinet, with the AT4033 also used for Leslie. A-T's AT4047 was selected for upright bass and French horn; and AT4050 for overheads, guitar amps, percussion, trumpet and trombone.

The GRAMMY Awards ceremony itself has received widespread notice over the years, as it continually raises the standard for broadcast entertainment. The Emmy®-winning production was the first major awards show to venture into HDTV and 5.1 surround sound, and is outfitted with the most advanced tools to ensure the highest fidelity for the evening's performances. Audio professionals continually select Audio-Technica microphones to achieve exceptional quality for the show's musical portions. The team working on this year’s GRAMMYs featured many top-tier contributors who returned to ensure the success of this landmark event.

The sound system was provided by ATK AudioTek with FOH (front-of-house) Engineers Ron Reaves and Mikael Stewart, while the broadcast audio was supervised by Phil Ramone and Hank Neuberger, leading members of the Producers & Engineers Wing of The Recording Academy®. New York-based XM Productions/Effanel Music were onsite with their L7 remote truck to create the music mix, facilitated by Music Mixers John Harris and Eric Schilling, along with Orchestra Music Mixer and XM Productions/Effanel Music Lead Engineer Joel Singer.

For the home audience, CBS delivered the most advanced form of HDTV, with 1,080 lines of picture resolution and 5.1-channel surround sound. Gary Boss, Audio-Technica Marketing Director, Live Sound & Studio, watched over the event as the comprehensive range of A-T microphones turned out an evening of flawless performances.