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Lenny Kravitz Tours with Audio-Technica Mics and Wireless Systems

FOH Staff • News • November 12, 2019

Audio-Technica artist relations manager Roxanne Ricks and audio engineer Laurie Quigley.

STOW, OH — Audio-Technica noted that its microphones and wireless systems are supporting Lenny Kravitz shows. Pictured here are Audio-Technica artist relations manager Roxanne Ricks and Laurie Quigley, audio engineer for Lenny Kravitz.

More details from Audio-Technica (www.audio-technica.com):

For many years, microphones from Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 50 years, have been an essential part of the setup employed by audio engineer Laurie Quigley on tour with Lenny Kravitz. Quigley has been a sound engineer for over 40 years and has traveled all over the world with a variety of artists (Mötley Crüe, Whitesnake, Ozzy Osbourne, Bon Jovi, Cinderella, Tesla, Aerosmith, KISS), and he’s worked with Kravitz for the last 15. On Kravitz’s current Here to Love world tour, picking up again in New Zealand and Europe in early 2020, Quigley has found A-T mics and wireless systems to be as reliable as ever.

“I met Lenny several times while I was working with Aerosmith and later with KISS,” Quigley recalls. “Early 2004, I received a phone call from his management office asking me to hold for Mr. Lenny Kravitz. I thought someone was winding me up, but it was far from a joke. Lenny asked me if I would come and mix his band. I had another week to finish a KISS tour and his talent intrigued me, so I accepted his offer. Lenny is an incredibly nice person, but in a lot of ways, difficult to work for because of his knowledge, since he’s really on top of his live show, especially his audio. Lenny owns several studios and knows audio well. His knowledge keeps me on my toes and has made me a far better sound engineer. When I say difficult, I mean you have to be good every day and be on top of your job, because he knows how things are meant to sound. I thoroughly enjoy my time working with Lenny, hence 15 years and I’m still going.”

On the Here to Love world tour, Quigley is employing the Audio-Technica third-generation 5000 Series Frequency-agile True Diversity UHF Wireless System paired with the ATW-C6100 Hypercardioid Dynamic Microphone Capsule for Kravitz’s lead vocal. They had previously employed the second-generation 5000 Series. Among Quigley’s other go-to mics is the Audio-Technica AT4050 Multi-pattern Condenser Microphone. “I first saw and heard an AT4050 around 25 years ago,” he recalls. “I was sold instantly and replaced all my guitar mics with 4050’s shortly after (as soon as I could get enough of them). I have compared different mics over the years but have yet to find a better sounding or more reliable microphone. I believe there are close to 30 AT4050’s on stage: 16 guitar channels, 3 bass channels, 6 choir channels, 2 Leslie bottom channels and spares. I also use all AE6100’s [Hypercardioid Dynamic Handheld Microphone] on vocals, PRO 23’s [Cardioid Dynamic Instrument Microphone] on the toms, AE2500’s [Dual-element Cardioid Instrument Microphone] inside the kick, ATM23 on the top end of the Leslie’s and AT4047/SV on my OH’s and cymbals.”

Audio-Technica mics have proven to be dependable on the road for Quigley. He remarks, “The most important thing about any mic is how it sounds, and for how long. My mics are well looked after, but they still get bashed. Large amount of SPL, large amounts of smoke, hazers, and just a general beating, but A-T’s mics keep working! There is no point in having an incredible-sounding mic that can’t withstand life on the road.”

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