Audio-Technica Services Audio Needs for GMA Dove Awards
Audio-Technica provided wireless audio solutions for the 41st Annual GMA Dove Awards, taped live on April 21 at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry House and broadcast on GMC on April 25.
Several featured performers used Audio-Technica’s Artist Elite 5000 Series UHF Wireless System, paired with the AEW-T5400 Cardioid Condenser Handheld Transmitter, during the course of the show, including co-host Bart Millard of MercyMe; Amy Grant; Francesca Battistelli; Jars of Clay; Tenth Avenue North; Red; Donald Lawrence; Phillips, Craig & Dean; Kari Jobe; and Michael W. Smith. A-T’s 5000 Series wireless was also used as part of the mic setup for a gospel medley performance, and additionally the house band used a selection of A-T hardwired microphones throughout the show.
Mark Repp served as audio producer/broadcast music mixer, working out of MTV Networks’ Pegasus HD truck. In addition, Blackhawk Audio’s Rick Shimer was the FOH (front-of-house) mixer and Bruce Bodor was the RF Audio Coordinator.
Bodor, whose credits involve wireless work for ESPN and CBS Sports, stated, “For this year’s Dove Awards, using Audio-Technica wireless systems, we experienced zero dropouts, which is always a great thing to be able to say. We had a wide variety of artists singing in different vocal ranges, and the A-T wireless systems performed flawlessly for all with great sound. There was absolutely no distortion, unlike some other wireless systems, and A-T’s wireless is also very user friendly. This adds another level of confidence for the performers, engineers and show producers.”