BUENA PARK, Calif.âŽ¯More than 10,000 students and faculty at Fordham University were treated to a surprise visit and six-song set by U2 at the schoolâ€™s Bronx, New York campus which aired live on Good Morning America (ABC) Friday, March 6. The appearance â€” capping U2â€™s weeklong promo for the bandâ€™s new CD No Line on the Horizon â€” took place on the steps of the universityâ€™s gothic Keating Hall. The packed crowd weathered the cold, some staking a spot as early as 1:30 am once the rumor of the bandâ€™s Friday morning concert was confirmed.
On hand, JC Convertino, music mix engineer for all Good Morning Americaâ€™s concerts, recorded the event using Kooster McAllisterâ€™s remote truck and dual Yamaha DM2000 digital audio consoles. Convertino, who has been with GMA for over ten years, handled all live music mixing for the GMA broadcast. He began his career more than 30 years ago in recording studios such as The Hit Factory and Sigma Sound where he worked on projects such as the Talking Heads â€œSpeaking in Tonguesâ€?, Madonnaâ€™s â€œHolidayâ€? and Miles Davis â€œSiestaâ€? as well as mixing for Jellybean Benitez, Velvet Undergroundâ€™s â€œAnother VUâ€?, and James Brownâ€™s â€œIn The Jungle Grooveâ€? to name a few.
Still keeping his hands in producing and mixing, Convertino recently completed a project for new artist Miggs, whoâ€™s first single â€œPerfectâ€? is now on the charts. A cross between the Killers meets U2 with guitar orchestration, the singer/songwriter/guitarist along with two bandmatesâ€™ music is more pop than alternative. Partnering with Miggs on a couple of upcoming ventures, the music mix engineer also recommended a Yamaha DM2000 to the artist that now resides in Miggsâ€™ recording studio in Tampa.
For the U2 concert, Convertino patched into a few pieces of outboard gear in McAllisterâ€™s truck just to warm up Bonoâ€™s voice and guitars. â€œThe Yamaha DM2000 comes pretty well stacked with effects,â€? he says.
At Good Morning America, Convertino and his team take pride in excelling at being the best at the morning (or even evening) concert shows. â€œI donâ€™t have time for surprises, so I like to get the bandsâ€™ producer and sound engineer involved and will reach out to them well ahead of time to find out their rider needs so we make them comfortable. We have an arsenal of microphones and outboard gear on hand, for example.â€?
â€œOn a remote gig like U2 and using the DM2000 that recalls everything, we had different delay times for each song for Bono, and when the recall is up, itâ€™s there, itâ€™s wonderful. Edgeâ€™s guitar is a whole instrumentation in itself. With live music segments on an early morning show, time is a factor. Everything has to be up, work, have everyone comfortable with it, and just go. We donâ€™t have the luxury of a long rehearsal or sound check with the time it takes for load in (usually around midnight), building the stage, working with the live production team â€“ a pleasure to work with by the way – and on-air by 7:00 am.â€?
Convertino recently did a charity benefit with a performance by John Mayer and Rob Thomas and says that when you donâ€™t have enough set up time to store levels, recalling the set up instantly is a testament to the power of the Yamaha console.
â€œItâ€™s important for all engineers to know how, and be prepared to mix, all kinds of instruments whether using analog or digital. Another good thing about the DM2000 is that itâ€™s not brain surgery; you can get familiar with it pretty quickly even if coming from an analog background.â€?
â€œAt GMA, weâ€™re pretty self contained and with a range of guest artists meeting a wide demographic from country and rock bands like U2, to jazz and classical artists like Andrea Bocelli, we have to be at the top of our gameâŽ¯thereâ€™s no room for error. Mixing is what we focus on. The whole purpose of what we do is for people at home to hear exactly what the live audience hears.â€?
For more information on the Yamaha DM2000 digital audio console, contact Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc., P.O. Box 6600, Buena Park, CA 90620; telephone 714-522-9011; e-mail [email protected]; or visit www.yamahaca.com.
About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. With the recent purchase of NEXO loudspeakers by Yamaha Corporation Japan, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.