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Photo Caption: Audio-Technica endorser Mindi Abair is shown performing with the ATM35. Photo by Sherry Fisher. (This photo is the property of Sherry Fisher and may be used by the press only for the purpose of one-time reproduction. Unauthorized use, alternation or reproduction of this photograph is strictly prohibited.)

Austin, TX 07-10-2006 NAMM SUMMER SESSION — With her third CD, “Life Less Ordinary,” debuting at #1 on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz chart, Audio-Technica endorser Mindi Abair is quickly becoming the model for a new generation of breakthrough jazz artists. A graduate of Berklee College of Music, Abair picked up the saxophone in fourth grade, gathering inspiration from her saxophonist father, and took her skills straight to the stage. Abair has toured with John Tesh, Bobby Lyle, Adam Sandler, Jonathan Butler, Duran Duran, Mandy Moore and the Backstreet Boys.

Abair, also an accomplished composer and vocalist, has direct involvement in every aspect of her music, including her choice of gear. She consistently selects Audio-Technica microphones to achieve her signature tone. “I started using Audio-Technica’s wireless systems in the early 1990s,” Abair comments. “It’s part of my live sound. It’s part of how I hear myself.”

Working with producer and co-composer Matthew Hagar, Abair has tried a great many approaches to the recording process. She notes, “In the studio, a mic can change everything. I tried so many mics when we recorded my first CD. When I heard the AT4060, I just knew it was right. We recorded everything on it…all the saxes, all the vocals, acoustic guitars. It didn’t color my sound. It just portrayed it as I heard it in my head. That’s what I want from a mic. We’ve now used that on almost every recording I’ve done.” She is also a fan of A-T’s AT3060, ATM35, and Artist Elite® Series wired and wireless mics, though Abair confirms her special affinity for the classic AT4060: “We went right back to the 4060 for this CD. I wanted ‘my’ sound, and the 4060 was it. It’s such a pure representation of what goes down in the studio. That makes all the difference.”

Abair is currently on a nationwide tour in support of her new album. For the latest news and tour dates, visit For an in-depth interview with Mindi Abair, visit

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Audio-Technica is exhibiting at Booth #1314 during the 2006 NAMM Summer Session in Austin, TX.