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Grammy star turn for Winehouse and Audio-Technica’s ATM710

test 19 February 2008

UK/US: Amy Winehouse’s live performances during the recent Grammy Awards – relayed to the event in Los Angeles from the UK via satellite – saw the enduringly controversial singer using an Audio-Technica ATM710 condenser microphone. Winehouse, who collected five awards from the six categories in which she was nominated, has been an Audio-Technica Artist Series endorsee since she began performing exclusively on stage with the ATM710 last spring, reports PSN-e.

The singer – taking a break from a well-publicised spell in a rehab clinic to appear – performed two songs, accompanied by a full band.

Dave Swallow, Winehouse’s audio engineer and tour manager, specified the ATM710 after a lengthy search for a mic that would suit Amy’s “individual tone”. He recalled: “We were trying out a lot of different mics to achieve more warmth in the lower end, and found an old Audio-Technica ATM89R, which sounded perfect but was discontinued. Audio-Technica suggested the new ATM710 vocal condenser from the new Artist Series. I just love it. It has the tone and response of a mic like the AE5400, but with the off-axis rejection of a good stage dynamic; it’s smack in the middle of the two – just perfect.”

The entire backline of Winehouse’s band has also been provided with Audio-Technica microphones.

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