If we were to say to you, “Hey, you, Ford has launched an innovative mobile recording studio in the 2012 Focus,” would you think we were nuts? Nuts like a fox! The new Ford Mobile Studio will serve as the recording studio for three grand prize winners of the Ford Motor Company Gimme the Gig II sweepstakes.
In late February, a handful leaders in the automotive customization and music industries were on hand at Galpin Auto Sports in Van Nuys, California, for the debut of the Ford Mobile Studio to support the Gimme the Gig II sweepstakes. Hosted by Grammy award-winning producer, Don Was, Ford Sales & Marketing Manager, Tom Grill, expert sound engineer, Krish Sharma, and car customization professional, “Mad” Mike Martin of Galpin Auto Sports, attendees had the chance to witness a true industry first, the launch of a state-of-the-art mobile recording studio inside the Focus.
Local recording group, Magnolia Memoir, demonstrated the remarkable capability of the mobile studio, recording a track live at the event and allowing attendees to experience the cutting-edge digital equipment through instant playback.
“Our team has worked in countless recording studios across the world, and we were beyond surprised by how little we had to sacrifice in order to get all of the desired equipment into the vehicle,” noted Don.
“Winners will have the chance to record an original track with Don Was and his team in the Ford Mobile Studio. We look forward to announcing our Top 12 finalists in the next 30 days,” Tom shared. “Gimme the Gig II will also be featured in an upcoming television special to further showcase the bands and the 2012 Ford Focus.”
“This project demonstrates a great synergy of corporate engagement with local artists who would probably never have had the chance to experience national exposure,” said Krish.
“Mad” Mike, formerly of MTV’s “Pimp My Ride”, was on hand to explain some of the more technical pieces of assembling the vehicle.
“With over 2,000 feet of cable, this vehicle is a one-of-a-kind achievement. That being said, you will be shocked to know that the amazing sound quality in the playback is transmitted on the vehicle’s stock speakers. A lot of the technology utilized in the studio was already in the vehicle, we just added the unique elements that made it a recording studio,” he explained.
The vehicle will be used in the promotion of the Gimme the Gig II sweepstakes, with plans to take it on tour, giving artists across the nation access to its unique technology. See www.gimmethegig.com for more details.