VIDEO: Reading and Leeds festival dominated by Audio-Technica

With doors now open and tents firmly pitched, this weekend’s Reading and Leeds festivals will see a raft of Audio-Technica equipment in use across the three-day event.

Among the acts utilising Audio-Technica microphones are The Blackout, Gallows, You Me at Six, Deaf Havana and Young Guns.

FOH engineer for The Blackout and Deaf Havana Ben Hammond, will be using a range of mics from his Audio-Technica itinerary, covering everything from vocals to guitars and drums. Across both acts, Hammond will be using the AE6100 hypercardioid dynamic mic for vocals and AE2500 dual-element dynamic/condensers for guitar cabs. Meanwhile, on drums he will be using the company’s ATM350 cardioid condenser clip-on for toms, an ATM250 hypercardioid

dynamic for kick drums, AE3000 cardioid condensers for overheads and an AT4047 large diaphragm cardioid condenser for snare.

“I came to Audio-Technica through various engineer friends who were telling me that they stood up to serious abuse,” said Hammond. “I actually got in touch with the company just before Reading and Leeds last year and tried the AE6100 – as a vocal mic for rock bands it’s just phenomenal. It sounds fantastic without having to EQ it, it has great feedback rejection and it’s incredibly robust – which with The Blackout is of the utmost importance…”

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