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Audio-Technica Wireless System Employed for the Country Music Associationís CMA Country Christmas Show

ó Michael W. Smith, Dustin Lynch, and The Isaacs performed for the broadcast event using A-Tís third-generation 5000 Series wireless, and an assortment of wired A-T microphones were used on the backline instruments and Diana Krallís piano ó

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The Isaacs, pictured with Roxanne Ricks (second from right), Audio-Technica Artist Relations Manager and Event Specialist.

Stow, OH 12-14-2018 Microphones and wireless systems from Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 50 years, were employed at the Country Music Associationís CMA Country Christmas broadcast event, which was broadcast on the ABC television network on December 10, 2018.

Audio-Technicaís Third-Generation 5000 Series frequency-agile true-diversity UHF wireless system powered the vocals for the event: Dustin Lynch sang through an A-T ATW-C6100 capsule, and Michael W. Smith and The Isaacs both used the A-T ATW-C5400 capsule. The show, which was taped on September 27, also used an assortment of wired A-T microphones, including eight A-T AT4050 large-diaphragm condenser microphones used on the choir, an AT4050ST large-diaphragm stereo condenser microphone used for the backline grand piano, and an AT5045P cardioid condenser microphones (stereo pair) on Diana Krallís piano. Clean Wireless Audio Owner Jason Glass, the wireless RF coordinator for the CMA on this and other events, managed the wireless systems.

ďThis was the third time Iíve done the wireless on the CMA Country Christmas show, but the first time Iíve used the third generation version of A-Tís 5000 Series system, and all I can do is rave about how good it was to work with,Ē observes Glass, who has also run wireless RF microphone systems for the annual CMA Awards as well as festival shows at Nashvilleís Nissan Stadium, including the annual CMA Fest. The RF system employed Glassís own RF helical antennas located on trusses approximately 40 feet in the air with 125-foot coaxial looms connecting to the RF system, ďand the RF service room was located across the corridor and under the bleachers, so it was very remote,Ē he recalls. ďBut we just dropped the A-T 5000 Series into our wideband antenna distribution system, and it worked immediately and flawlessly. The 5000 Series gives you full bandwidth, from 470 to 608 MHz to tune to, and that kind of bandwidth lets you develop a much more flexible bandwidth plan, letting me put different types of devices, such as in-ears, into different parts of the spectrum, instead of just into a small block of it. Full bandwidth is becoming a prerequisite for professional wireless applications, and the third-generation 5000 Series has it.Ē

But the real test of any microphone is how it sounds, and Glass says the 5000 Series and the A-T capsules made for a merry Christmas show indeed. ďAll of us agreed that it sounded like a wired microphone, and thatís the highest compliment you can pay to a wireless mic,Ē he says. ďGreat sound with zero audio artifacts. I look forward to using it again in the future. When an artist requests Audio-Technica, this is the wireless system Iíll turn to as my first choice.Ē

The new 5000 Series dual receiver offers the highest-quality wireless live sound, with A-Tís dual-compander circuitry that processes high and low frequencies separately and True Diversity operation. The receiver has been updated with a tuning bandwidth of 148 MHz: 470Ė608 MHz and 653Ė663 MHz (duplex gap), and users now have the option of selecting a standard receiver with two balanced XLR outputs (ATW-R5220) or a receiver that also includes a Dante output (ATW-R5220DAN). The full-rack receiver chassis holds two independent receivers and offers antenna power, frequency scan, IR sync functionality, a ground-lift switch, and a front-panel headphone jack. Other new features include an antenna cascade output that connects up to eight receivers so a single pair of antennas can feed up to 16 channels of wireless, an auto squelch feature that automatically adjusts the squelch setting to maximize operating range while minimizing potential interference, and a backup frequency that can be quickly swapped by pressing the transmitterís multifunction button in the event of unexpected interference. Software enables remote monitoring and control of the wireless system.

Celebrating over 50 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.

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