Audio-Technica Corporation (株式会社オーディオテクニカ, Kabushiki-gaisha Ōdhio Tekunika), established in 1962 and headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a company that designs and manufactures professional wired and wireless microphones, headphones, phonographic magnetic cartridges, and other audio equipment. One of their most famous products was a battery-operated, portable record player called Mister Disc that was sold in the U.S. in the early 1980s.
Their best selling handheld microphone, the Artist Elite AE5400, is regarded by the music community as one of the best handheld condenser microphones available to buy. The microphones are used by some of the worlds top artists, notably, Metallica, Kiss, Skid Row, Puddle of Mudd, Killswitch Engage, and many others.
Audio Technica have been supplying all the mics for the GRAMMY awards for the last 10 years, as well as completely kitting out TV shows like Big Brother, Deal or No Deal, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions, as well as the Olympic and winter Olympic games in 1996, 2000, 2002 and 2004.
Their head worn AT series microphones are used by live acts such as Darren Brown.
In 2005, Audio Technica developed "Uniguard", a method for making microphones resistant to radio frequency interference from cell phones, Blackberries, Bluetooth devices, wireless computer networks and walkie-talkies. 13 patents were involved in bringing the feature to fruition, as company engineers modified many different elements of microphone construction and operation. Over 50 existing Audio Technica microphone models have been upgraded with the new RFI-resistant technology.