Audio Technica Outfits Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony with Plethora of Mics
For the 13th year in a row, a broad range of Audio-Technica microphones was selected to outfit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. A-T supplied over 50 mics to capture the audio for the March 15 event at New York’s Waldorf Astoria, which was broadcast live on Fuse.
The 25th annual ceremony included inductees ABBA, Genesis, The Hollies, Jimmy Cliff, The Stooges David Geffen, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, Elie Greenwich and Jeff Barry, Jesse Stone, Mort Shuman, and Otis Blackwell.
Audio-Technica’s Artist Elite 500 Series UHF Wireless System was used with the AEW-T5400 handheld microphone/transmitter for frontline vocals on performances by inductees Jimmy Cliff, and the Hollies (Graham Nash, Allan Clarke and Terry Sylvester). Also using the AEW-T5400 were Wyclef Jean, joining Cliff on stage, and several artists in the evening’s “songwriter’s medley” tribute performance, including Peter Wolf, Eric Burdon, Chris Isaak, Ronnie Spector, Rob Thomas, Train’s Pat Monahan, and Fefe Dobson.
“Year after year, I continue to choose Audio-Technica wired and wireless microphones for high-profile broadcast events because of their overall reliability, sound quality, and consistency from mic to mic,” says Jay Vicari, who served as Music Mix Mobile’s music mixer for the event’s audio onsite. “As we deal with complicated productions such as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony, things can get pretty hectic, and being able to depend on A-T’s microphones makes all of our lives a lot easier.”
The backline mic complement of A-T wired microphones included AT4081 Phantom-powered Bidirectional Ribbon Microphone for guitar cabinets; AT4050ST Stereo Condenser Microphone for overheads; AE2500 Dual-element Cardioid Instrument Microphone for kick drum; AE5100 Cardioid Condenser Instrument Microphone for hi-hat; additional AEW-T5400 wireless mics/transmitters for backline vocals; ATM350 Cardioid Condenser Clip-On Microphone for acoustic bass, violin, viola and cello;AT4054 Handheld Cardioid Condenser Microphone for background vocals; and AT4055 Handheld Cardioid Condenser Microphone for horns and woodwinds.
The technical staff for the induction ceremony was made up of professional audio industry veterans. Recording specialists Music Mix Mobile was responsible for both recording the program and mixing the live feed for broadcast, using its M3 remote truck. The P.A. was provided by New York-based Firehouse Productions.