New York (March 24, 2009)–JC Convertino, music mix engineer for ABC’s Good Morning America concerts, recorded U2’s live set at Fordham University using Kooster McAllister’s remote truck and dual Yamaha DM2000 digital audio consoles.
More than 10,000 students and faculty at Fordham University were treated to a surprise visit and six-song set by U2 at the school’s Bronx, New York campus that aired live on Friday, March 6. The appearance, capping U2’s week-long promo for the band’s new CD, No Line on the Horizon, took place on the steps of the university’s gothic Keating Hall.
Convertino, who began his career more than 30 years ago in recording studios such as The Hit Factory and Sigma Sound, has been with GMA for over 10 years. For the U2 concert, Convertino patched into a few pieces of outboard gear in McAllister’s truck just to warm up Bono’s voice and guitars. “The Yamaha DM2000 comes pretty well stacked with effects,” he says.
“On 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, it’s there, it’s wonderful. Edge’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 don’t have the luxury of a long rehearsal or soundcheck with the time it takes for load-in, usually around midnight, building the stage, working with the live production team–a pleasure to work with by the way–and on-air by 7:00 a.m.”
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