Eric Rudd Adds Metric Halo to Broadcast Rig

Dec 18, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors


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For the past 10 years, freelance recording engineer Eric Rudd has been involved with a side project that has allowed him to escape the studio and visit such exotic locales as 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, as well as a recording engineer, added Metric Halo Mobile I/O, a digital recording, editing and mixing solution, to his rig, which allows him to transition between 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," said Rudd, who has also acted as music coordinator for The 2000 Alma Awards and the Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Awards. "It is such a useful tool for portable recording, editing and mixing."

Explaining his broadcast rig, Rudd said, "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. 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. 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."

For example, offered Rudd, "When the talent on the show discovers that their song is the wrong length or the last-minute edit they did before arriving on location is wrong, I can fire up Nuendo and the Mobile I/O and do onsite editing. Due to some of the locations from which we do the Universe show, it can be difficult to get new versions sent overseas in a time-efficient manner. The Mobile I/O allows me to set up a very portable DAW in strange places, sometimes even in my hotel room.

"I generally track to RADAR 24 and then FTP the files into my computer. I then use the Mobile I/O for my D-to-A when I'm doing my editing and mixing with Nuendo. I also have brought my TiBook and Mobile I/O to an artist's house to do vocals in their living room."

Rudd has most recently worked with Peabo Bryson, Oleta Adams, Wynonna Judd, Rita Coolidge and Shane Minor. In 2000, he recorded and mixed music for the CBS Charles Schulz Tribute Special with Faith Hill. Rudd's other projects include mixing Chet Atkins' album Almost Alone (including "Jam Man" winner of the 1997 Grammy Award for Country Instrumental Solo). He most recently recorded the Nashville Symphony for a national corporate client.

For more information on Metric Halo, visit its distributor, Transamerica Audio Group, at

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