Chicago, IL (November 26, 2003)–For the last 10 years, freelance recording engineer Eric Rudd has been involved with a side project that has allowed him to escape the studio and visit Africa, Cyprus, Trinidad, Puerto Rico, Panama, and Hawaii. Last year, Rudd, a music coordinator for three of the Miss Universe Organization’s annual pageant telecasts, discovered Metric Halo Mobile I/O, a digital recording, editing and mixing solution that allows him to transition seamlessly between the worlds of music recording and broadcast.
“The Mobile I/O allows me to operate in a wide variety of situations that I wouldn’t be able to otherwise,” observes Rudd, who has acted as music coordinator for several other TV awards shows. Rudd first engineered the pre-recorded music for the Miss USA Pageant telecast in 1992 and is now music coordinator for The Miss Universe Pageant. The Miss Universe Organization, a partnership between Donald J. Trump and NBC, also produces the Miss Teen USA competition.
Explaining his broadcast rig, Rudd says, “I use my TiBook, the Mobile I/O and Ableton’s Live to do the playback for the telecast. The shows are ‘live’ so the music cannot be posted. I assign music cues to buttons on my keyboard, and off we go.”
Implementing Mobile I/O has allowed Rudd to streamline his setup at the pageants. “Because of the amount of music, music sources, and crossfades in the show, I was originally running two digicarts and two [360 Systems] Instant Replays on the show, along with DAT and CD,” he explains. “With the Mobile I/O I can now easily have four stereo music sources from within my laptop–and switch to a fully portable studio for other recording situations when needed.”
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