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Audio-Technica microphones covered every base on Smith’s annual holiday outing, with the remarkable Artist Elite™ AE5400 on Smith’s vocals and an excellent performance from the unique new Artist Elite AE2500 dual-element instrument microphone

Anaheim, CA 01-16-2003 NAMM WINTER SESSION — Like lights on a Christmas tree, Audio-Technica microphones have become a cherished fixture on another icon of the season: the annual Michael W. Smith Christmastime Tour. Smith, who alternates headlining the tour each year with Amy Grant, is one of Contemporary Christian Music’s most successful artists, having received two GRAMMYs® and 34 Dove™ Awards. This season’s tour, which began on November 29 at the Memorial Coliseum in Ft. Wayne, IN and concluded on December 14
at the Carolina Center in Columbia, SC, saw 14 shows performed in 16 days. A wide array of Audio-Technica microphones was on hand to ensure that each show was a great-sounding and inspirational experience.

In addition to many of the A-T microphones that have been used on this tour over the years, Smith also employed the Audio-Technica Artist Elite™ AE5400 large-diaphragm cardioid condenser mic as his primary vocal microphone. This season’s tour also was the first to utilize the revolutionary new A-T Artist Elite AE2500 dual-element cardioid kick-drum microphone, which combines dynamic and condenser elements in a single unit, with a mixable output for each, providing a new level of audio depth.

“All of the A-T microphones were amazing, as always,” comments Shane Hamill, Monitor Engineer and Mixer for the Christmastime Tour 2002. An employee of Spectrum Sound in Nashville, TN, Hamill has been the monitor mixer for the past three years. “This was the first time we’d used the new A-T AE2500, which has both dynamic and condenser elements. You use a separate mixing device to sum the two outputs, which are internally phase-aligned. Once we got a blend both [FOH mixer] Eric Elwell and I were happy with, it was a phenomenal-sounding microphone. You can get effects that are impossible to achieve with any other single microphone. The sound of the kick drum out in front and in the monitors was remarkable, and a lot of people, including the band, commented on that.”

Hamill was equally pleased with the performance of the A-T AE5400, Michael W. Smith’s vocal microphone on the tour. “Michael has been using in-ear monitoring for about eight years now,” Hamill explains. “The Audio-Technica AE5400 is the flatest-sounding microphone I’ve ever used for vocals. As a result, you don’t have to add any artificial high-end boost to get it to cut through in the monitor mix. We used two different monitor consoles on this tour, and the AE5400 performed exactly the same with both of them. We didn’t have to add any EQ to the microphone at all in the monitors. The AE5400 really helps improve monitor fidelity, which is of utmost importance with
in-ear monitors.”

A-T microphones were present all over the stage for the Christmastime Tour 2002, including on the entire drum kit. Besides the new AE2500 on the kick drum, there was the ATM23HE on the snare drum, the ATM23HE and ATM25 for toms, AT4050 on overheads, AT4041 on ride cymbals, and the AT4033 for the hi-hat. In addition, the AT4055 was used on the electric guitar cabinets, an AT4054 was employed for Irish flute/whistles and Uillean pipes, and AT4054 wired microphones were chosen for background vocals. Special guest artist Point of Grace, backed by Smith’s band, joined the A-T Christmas tradition and sang through ATW-7373 wireless microphones.

Celebrating over 40 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.

For more information on the complete range of Audio-Technica products, contact Karen Emerson, Audio-Technica U.S., Inc., 1221 Commerce Drive, Stow, Ohio 44224. Tel: 330/686-2600; Fax: 330/688-3752.

Audio-Technica is exhibiting at Booth #6740 during the 2003 NAMM Winter Session in
Anaheim, CA.