John “JC” Convertino.New York (May 5, 2008)–John “JC” Convertino, the man behind the music mix on ABC’s morning show, Good Morning America, has been using Shure UHF-R wireless for the broadcast.
Convertino has spent the last 10 years mixing everyone from Bruce Springsteen and Rascal Flatts to Maroon 5 and Lenny Kravitz–not that he has time to gloat about it. “The pace here is exceptionally fast, with each artist essentially showing up just as they would for any other tour stop,” said Covertino. “We have to do all the work required of a full-blown concert at Madison Square Garden and more, but usually just for two or three songs. If there’s any real trick to it all, it’s making each guest sound just like they do on their records.”
Production for the show’s musical segments either takes place inside the network’s Times Square studios at 44th and Broadway, or, in good weather, outdoors…usually at New York’s Bryant Park, which is nearby. Convertino readily admits that one of the biggest technical challenges he faces on the set comes from RF interference. Arriving at 3:00 A.M., he and the rest of the audio crew do everything they can to prepare in advance of the band’s arrival, as the tyranny of the clock weighs heavily on each moment of their workday.
“When we initially get here, we’ll scan for open frequencies for our wireless systems and get everything all dialed-in,” he relates. “On many days everything will remain fine until right around 7 A.M. when the show starts, then we get rained on by all kinds of RF garbage coming in.”
Convertino turned to Shure UHF-R wireless, using the auto-scan and auto-sync features to save time in the setup process. “There is no time available for me to worry about my wireless,” he adds. “And with Shure, I don’t. Even despite all our preparation, we may take a hit. If we do, we can simply change frequencies on the fly if we have to. With UHF-R, I am ready for whatever comes our way right out of the box.”
Off the set, Convertino is always studying and listening to the records put out by bands scheduled to appear on the show so that he can replicate their sound accurately. “I think we do a pretty good job of it 99.9 percent of the time,” he says, commenting on the results. “Having the opportunity to work with bands like this performing all together is the real reward of our efforts, however. There is nothing like putting down tracks and getting a live mix that’s designed to be heard and enjoyed right then and there by such a huge audience.”