For the ninth year in a row, a broad range of Audio-Technica microphones was selected to outfit the internationally televised VH1 broadcast of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. A-T supplied over 60 mics to capture the audio for this widely celebrated musical event, which took place at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Midtown Manhattan. The 21st annual induction ceremony of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame was held on March 13, 2006, with a VH1 broadcast of the ceremony premiering March 21st. The 2006 inductees are Black Sabbath, Blondie, Miles Davis, Sex Pistols, and Lynyrd Skynyrd, as well as Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss.
Audio-Technicas acclaimed Artist Elite 5000 Series UHF Wireless System was used with the AEW-T5400 handheld microphone/transmitter for frontline vocals during performances by Kid Rock and Johnny Van Zant of Lynyrd Skynyrd for the Lynyrd Skynyrd medley; and Leela James, Solomon Burke and Marc Broussard for the Wilson Pickett medley. The 5000 Series was also employed for the New Orleans tribute that featured Elvis Costello, Robbie Robertson, Buckwheat Zydeco, Geechie Johnson of Wild Magnolias, and Allen Toussant. James Hetfield of Metallica utilized the hardwired A-T AE5400 during the Black Sabbath tribute.
Other microphones on the event included Audio-Technicas AE5100 (hi hats, ride cymbals), AE3000 (toms), AE2500 (bass guitar amplifiers), AT4050 (guitar amps, overheads), AT4051 (hi hat), ATM23HE (conga, timbales), ATM35 (toms, sax, trumpet, trombone), and ATM35cW with AEW-T1000 UniPak wireless transmitter (saxophone).
The technical staff for the induction ceremony was comprised of professional audio industry legends in their own right. Mitch Maketansky returned as Audio Coordinator this year, organizing and assigning all the inputs and microphones for the event. Recording specialists Effanel Music, the company responsible for both recording the program and mixing the broadcast, deployed its remote truck with Grammy Award winner John Harris as Lead Engineer, mixing the events audio onsite, and Jay Vicari acting as Mix Engineer for the broadcast.