No fewer than 32 Audio-Technica microphones were used to capture audio during last month’s Royal Wedding – an event that also found a role for equipment from Lawo, Yamaha and others.
In advance of the ceremony at Westminster Abbey, the Audio-Technica fixtures – a combination of ES935ML6 MicroLine condenser gooseneck and U851R cardioid condenser boundary mics – were located in key areas of the Abbey, with a computer touchscreen showing the operator their exact positions within the building.
The ES935ML6 microphones were switched on and off locally by the user or controlled remotely by a verger using any of the touchscreens. In addition, several Audio-Technica U851R Cardioid Condenser Boundary Microphones were used on the altars.
Greg Pinto, Audio-Technica US vice-president of marketing, commented: “We are incredibly honoured to have our microphones employed for such a momentous occasion. The Royal Wedding was one of the most highly watched events on television, and we believe it speaks to the quality and dependability of our products. That is why broadcasters consistently choose Audio-Technica microphones for these global broadcasts.”
Other audio systems used during the events of 29 April included a Martin Audio OmniLine system and two Yamaha DME64 digital mix engines inside the Abbey, with an L-Acoustics K1/KUDO configuration – deployed by Paul Keating’s Delta Sound and sub-hired from Brit Row – to deliver sound to the external audience.
The broadcasting spec, meanwhile, included a Lawo console in the Arena TV OB14 truck and a Calrec desk in the SIS LIVE OB5 vehicle.
Post-‘show’, audio was delivered to Barry Grint at Alchemy Mastering to add the final touches to the official Royal Wedding album, which was released by Decca on 5 May.