Rock and Roll Hall of Fame stars rely on Audio-Technica

Various Audio-Technica microphones were once again selected for the 30th Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony held in Cleveland, Ohio recently.

One notable highlight of the show was the segment honouring soul legend Bill Withers, who made a rare appearance and an even rarer on-stage performance.

This particular part of the event saw R&B singer John Legend (pictured) and Hall of Fame member Stevie Wonder each perform using Audio-Technica’s 5000 Series UHF wireless system with AEW-T5400a handheld microphones/transmitters. Wonder performed Ain’t No Sunshine, followed by Legend’s performance of Use Me and both singing Lean on Me.

The backline mic complement of Audio-Technica wired microphones included AT4050 multi-pattern condenser microphones used for drum overheads and bass; AT4050ST stereo condenser microphone for audience ambience; AE5400 cardioid condenser handheld microphone on background vocals; AE5100 cardioid condenser instrument microphones taking care of the hi-hat and audience ambience; AT4047/SV cardioid condenser microphones deployed on the B3 organ cabinet and AT4081 ribbon microphones placed on guitar amps.

The technical staff for the induction ceremony was made up of several industry veterans. Remote recording specialist M3 (Music Mix Mobile), which also handled the live broadcast of this year’s Grammys, was responsible for both recording the programme and mixing the show for broadcast. M3’s Mitch Maketansky served as audio coordinator, John Harris as recording engineer, Joel Singer as truck engineer-in-charge and Brian Flanzbaum as Pro Tools operator.

Maketansky stated: “I and many of my associates have relied on Audio-Technica microphones and wireless systems over the years for a variety of live broadcasts on account of their consistency from mic-to-mic and their reliability as products. Across artists and genres, there is an Audio-Technica solution for any application you can think of, allowing us to capture the performance the way it’s intended to be heard.”