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New A-T ribbon microphones certified by the METAlliance

The Music Engineering and Technology Alliance (METAlliance) has certified Audio-Technica’s new 40 Series ribbon microphones: the AT4080 and AT4081 Bidirectional Ribbon Microphones.

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Pictured L-R: METAlliance’s Ed Cherney, George Massenburg, Frank Filipetti and Chuck Ainlay, as they toast the certification of Audio-Technica’s new 40 Series Microphones at the 127th Audio Engineering Society Convention on October 9, 2009. Photo by Brad Glazer. (This photo is the property of Brad Glazer 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.)

The Music Engineering and Technology Alliance (METAlliance) has certified Audio-Technica’s new 40 Series ribbon microphones: the AT4080 and AT4081 Bidirectional Ribbon Microphones.

“We are extremely proud that our new 40 Series microphones have been recognized and certified by the METAlliance,” said Greg Pinto, Vice President of Marketing at Audio-Technica. He added, “Everyone at A-T worked hard to develop these new mics, and to have them certified by the METAlliance speaks volumes. This honor is particularly meaningful to us because it comes from a dedicated group whose mission of ensuring highest-quality music recording/delivery dovetails perfectly with our own.”

The METAlliance consists of a group of globally recognized, award-winning audio engineers and producers who have been deeply involved in establishing techniques and technical standards that are the foundation of modern music recording. METAlliance is working closely with manufacturers to evaluate, recognize, and certify products that meet the call for quality in the recording arts and science. The METAlliance Board of Directors is Chuck Ainlay, Ed Cherney, Frank Filipetti, George Massenburg, Phil Ramone, Elliot Scheiner and Al Schmitt.

METAlliance founders comment on the new Audio-Technica microphones:

Phil Ramone: “The reintroduction of ribbon mics has now achieved what A-T condensor mics have: a great warm mic that creates great identity for an artist.”

Frank Filipetti: “The Audio-Technica pencil ribbon mic has moved right up to the top echelon of my go-to mics, along with the multi-pattern 4047.”

Al Schmitt: “I love the new A-T mics. They are crystal clear and still very warm.”

Chuck Ainlay: “Audio-Technica has done it again… Once again these microphones exhibit the same quality sound and solid reliability that I expect from A-T, but this time they have stepped out of their box by introducing two new phantom powered, active ribbon mics.”

Elliot Scheiner: "A-T's new ribbon mics are some of the most beautiful and sweet sounding mics I've ever heard. They are most definitely a must for any mic collection."

About the new 40 Series Ribbon Microphones
The AT4080 and AT4081 are Audio-Technica’s first-ever ribbon microphones. A-T’s R&D team in Japan engineered and manufactured the AT4080 and AT4081 from the ground up, utilizing a hand-built, proprietary design with rugged construction. With these groundbreaking microphones, A-T achieves the coveted ribbon microphone sound while solving the problems of fragility and low output that have historically plagued ribbon mics. With 18 patents pending, the mics’ innovative ribbon transducer advances the evolution of ribbon microphone technology, combining remarkable durability and high SPL capability with smooth, rich audio quality.

METAlliance also certified Audio-Technica’s two new 40 Series condensers, the AT4050ST Stereo Condenser Microphone and the AT4047MP Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone.

About the METAlliance
Recognizing the industry’s success in bringing products offering convenience and low cost, the METAlliance is dedicated to the passionate commitment of securing the art of music through recording technologies that best deliver the music in all its many modern forms. To accomplish this goal, quality requires recognition and support. Pro Partner membership is limited to companies that have shown a capacity and proclivity to manufacture and distribute products that meet the organization's professional audio qualifications.