Condoleezza Rice Delivers Keynote Speech On Years As Secretary Of State Using The AKG Podium Microphone With CK-80 Capsule

With a long history of providing sound for some of the most high profile public figures in the world, Tennessee Concert Sound in Brownsville, Tennessee has been turning to AKG for all of their live performance needs for over 25 years. This past December, the professional sound company, led by Stewart Tritt, turned to AKG yet again in selecting a podium microphone with CK-80 capsule to ensure that every word of Condoleezza Rice's speech was heard throughout all of the Carl Perkins Civic Center.

The former Secretary of State was the keynote speaker for Union University's Annual Scholarship banquet; a yearly event that consistently attracts leading international diplomats such as former President George Bush, former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and former Soviet Premiere Mikhail Gorbachev. For the past 12 years, Tennessee Concert Sound has handled sound reinforcement and production management for each event, and they have built a large inventory of AKG products in the process.

“We trust AKG to deliver excellent quality sound, dependability, and versatility without interruption in all of our most critical applications,” said Stewart Tritt, owner of Tennessee Concert Sound. “We cannot run up and replace a microphone during these events; they simply must work. AKG's frequency agile products also give us the consistency we need.”

For this most recent event, in addition to the podium microphone using the CK-80 capsule, Union University President Dr. Dockery used the AKG 4000 frequency agile wireless system with CK 77 lavalier microphone to deliver the opening and closing presentations. In addition to the speeches, choral and classical music selections were performed leading up to the main event, and Tennessee Concert Sound turned to a dbx Drive Rack 4800 to drive the system.

“We pride ourselves in fulfilling our client's goal of pristine sound quality at every corner of the auditorium,” continued Tritt. “Feedback control, intelligibility, excellent signal-to-noise ratio, and immunity to dropouts are critical at this event, and with the AKG microphones, we get all of that and more.”

Along with Tritt, other principals include Bernie Bernil, who serves as the firm's resident sound designer and consultant, along with Andy Roark, the company's lead audio engineer and crew chief.

AKG is a unit of Harman International Industries, Incorporated (www.harman.com).

Harman International designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment products

for the automotive, consumer and professional markets, and maintains a strong presence in the Americas, Europe and Asia, employing more than 11,000 people worldwide. The Harman International family of brands includes AKG®, Audioaccess®, Becker®, BSS®, Crown®, dbx®, DigiTech®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson®, Revel®, QNX®, Soundcraft® and Studer®. Harman International's stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “NYSE: HAR.”

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