Audio-Technica has launched an online search for the most entertaining alternative Christmas track. The company is looking for “fun and vibrant” YouTube video entries from the underground music scene that put a positive new spin on the age old tradition of Christmas carols.
?Every year we hear the same few songs, so it would be nice to see something new and creative,” said Audio-Technica’s Harvey Roberts. “The truth is we have an awful lot of musical talent in this country and we just felt that a competition like this would help give them some extra inspiration.?
Unfortunately, it looks like the contest is limited to the UK.
Sorry, Santa. North Pole residents are out of luck.
Bands, DJs or music producers from any genre have the opportunity of scooping either the top prize of £500 or five runners-up prizes of £100 worth of Audio-Technica equipment.
As an extra incentive the first 100 entries will all receive a free pair of Audio-Technica ATH-CK51 headphones worth £30 each.
Audio-Technica is asking people to submit their entries, which can be up to five minutes long, to YouTube . The best entries will be shared by Audio-Technica on its social networking channels.
The winning entries will be announced on Thursday 23rd December 2010.
Audio-Technica has introduced a couple of stereo shotgun microphones aimed at the high-end broadcast and production environment.
The new BP4027 and BP4029 Stereo Shotgun models are based on models that A-T originally developed for the Sydney Olympics in 2000. Designed for broadcasters, sound recordists and videographers, these phantom-powered models feature independent line-cardioid and figure-of-eight elements configured in an M-S (Mid-Side) arrangement. Each provides a switch-selectable internal matrixing system offering a selection of wide and narrow stereo (L/R) output or M-S output. A switchable low frequency roll-off filter helps minimize the pickup of unwanted low frequency noise. The models differ from one another primarily in length (BP4027 15″ long and BP4029 9″ long); they both feature a lightweight rugged design, ideal for on-camera use. Continue reading
2007 Winter NAMM Show: Audio-Technica introduced its flagship ATH-M50 professional studio monitor headphones.
Specifically intended for professional monitoring and mixing applications, the ATH-M50 headphones feature a collapsible design for easy portability and convenient storage. Employing Audio-Technica’s proprietary 45 mm large-aperture drivers with neodymium magnet systems and CCAW voice coils, the ATH-M50 headphones have exceptional power handling and very high SPL capabilities while delivering clear, natural, accurate sound with deep resonating bass and high-frequency extension.
The ATH-M50 also features a closed-back cushioned earcup providing exceptional clarity and superior isolation in high volume listening situations. In addition, the circumaural earpieces swivel a full 180° for easy one-ear monitoring.
The ATH-M50 has a lightweight and adjustable cushioned headband for maximum listening comfort. A coiled OFC litz wire cable at the left earpiece terminates to a gold-plated 1/8″ connector with included professional screw-on 1/4″ adapter.
The ATH-M50 will be available February 2007 with a U.S. MSRP of $199.00.
2007 Winter NAMM Show: Audio-Technica announced the availability of its ATH-ANC7 QuietPoint active noise-canceling headphones.
The ATH-ANC7 QuietPoint headphones employ a miniature microphone in each earpiece that monitors ambient noise (such as airplane cabin or traffic noise) and creates a sound-canceling signal that reduces distracting background noise by up to 85%.
Ideal for use with MP3, CD, DVD and in-flight entertainment systems, the ATH-ANC7 QuietPoint headphones provide maximum comfort in a closed-back, streamlined design; they feature propriety large-aperture 40 mm drivers with neodymium magnet systems for deeper bass and extended treble, and have a wide frequency response of 10-25,000 Hz.
The noise-canceling electronics for the ATH-ANC7 QuietPoint headphones are fully integrated in each earpiece, with no need for bulky external modules. The headphones fold flat for easy portability, are powered by a single AAA alkaline battery and can operate in passive mode without the battery. The ATH-ANC7 QuietPoint headphones come complete with a 5.2′ (1.6 m) detachable cable (remove for noise-canceling mode without audio) terminated with 1/8″ (3.5 mm) mini plugs; a 1/4″ (6.3 mm) stereo adapter; a specialized airline adapter for connecting to in-flight entertainment systems; and a carrying case with attached accessory pouch.
The Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7 QuietPoint active noise-canceling headphones will be available Spring 2007 with a U.S. MSRP of $219.95.
Audio-Technica has announced the U.S. availability of its Import Series ATH-A700 closed-back dynamic headphones. Designed to deliver audiophile-quality acoustic performance with full, rich balanced bass and extended frequency response, the handsomely appointed ATH-A700 headphones offer superb fidelity while providing maximum comfort for a luxurious listening experience.
Ideally suited for reference-quality monitoring and high-definition playback formats, the ATH-A700 headphones feature propriety large-aperture 53 mm drivers with neodymium magnet systems and CCAW (copper-clad aluminum wire) voice coils, as well as a unique closed-back Double Air Damping System (D.A.D.S.) for superior sound reproduction and extended frequency response. Furthermore, Audio-Technica’s unique total ear fitting design, plush ear pads and self-adjusting 3D wing support mechanism offer an extremely comfortable listening experience, while maximizing noise rejection and minimizing sound leakage in critical playback environments.
Additionally, the Audio-Technica ATH-A700 headphones feature a high quality OFC (oxygen-free copper) cable with a gold-plated stereo 1/8″ connector and 1/4″ adapter for exceptional corrosion resistance, superb conductivity and low noise.
The Import Series ATH-A700 closed-back dynamic headphones are available immediately with a U.S. MSRP of $299.00.
Previously available only in Japan, the Import Series includes 15 models designed for audiophiles, DJs and portable listening applications. Featuring the latest in transducer technology, neodymium magnet systems and rugged construction, each model delivers the highest level of sonic accuracy while providing maximum comfort for hours of listening.
More information is available at the Audio-Technica site.
NAMM 2006 Winter Show: Audio-Technica has expanded its highly successful 20 Series line of microphones with the addition of the AT2041SP Studio Pack. The company offers the AT2041SP Studio Pack as a versatile microphone package for use by musicians, engineers and producers in home and project studios, as well as for professional use in commercial studios.
“The AT2041SP Studio Pack is aimed to provide a versatile solution for both home and project studio applications,” notes Audio-Technica’s Gary Boss. “With the AT2041SP, musicians, engineers and producers have a choice of microphones that will cover a broad range of sonic needs, and at a very affordable price.”
The new AT2041SP Studio Pack combines the AT2020 side-address condenser microphone with the newly premiered AT2021 small-diaphragm cardioid condenser microphone. The AT2020 is aimed at capturing vocals as well as a wide range of instrumental applications, while the AT2021 excels at instrument recording including acoustic guitars, drum overheads, pianos and group vocals. By incorporating the AT2041SP Studio Pack into their studio equipment, users gain versatile transducers suitable for recording any source with the highest fidelity and accuracy, all at an extremely affordable price point.
The new AT2021 small-diaphragm cardioid condenser mic is ideal for capturing guitars, overheads, pianos and more. The AT2021 is optimized for professional applications, yet offers amazing value and an exemplary price-to-performance ratio. The microphone has extended response for smooth natural sonics, and a special low-mass element for superb transient response. The cardioid polar pattern reduces off-axis pickup of unwanted sound, while focusing on the desired source. Continue reading