Studio R103 upgrades with SSL
AUSTRALIA: A Solid State Logic AWS 948 hybrid console/controller has recently been selected to provide an upgrade to Studio R103, the main audio recording facility on the Fairfield Campus of the Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE (NMIT). Darren Steffen, the programme coordinator for sound production at department of performing arts at NMIT called the AWS 948 the ‘highlight’ of the recently upgraded studio.
‘The console interfaces beautifully with our Pro Tools HD and Logic systems, as well as the range of outboard equipment we offer,’ said Mr Steffen. ‘The decision to upgrade an ageing analogue console to the SSL one was thoroughly challenging, but in the end, obvious. Our pool of experienced teaching staff has much experience using SSL in the workplace and, for many, there is no acceptable alternative console available. Since our students will more than likely encounter SSL in their professional lives at the more high-end production facilities, the AWS 948 is ideal for our application,’ he enthused.
The institute offers in-depth vocational training in all aspects of audio production through its Sound Production certificate programme, and the Studio R103 control room can accommodate a class of 20 students. It also employs an overhead camera above the mixing console in order to provide clear demonstrations to larger groups. NMIT’s IT infrastructure allows transfer of data between any computer-based sound production workstation throughout the campus and the SSL console, making inter-discipline projects possible.
‘The premiere project we produce at NMIT Performing Arts is the Collaboration Project,’ explained Mr Steffen. ‘Music performance students write original material, sound production students record it, TV scholars shoot the video and the music business students manage the process and produce a DVD as the final product. For all involved, this becomes a key reference source when presenting to prospective employers. The sonic excellence of the AWS has made a remarkable improvement in the sound quality of this project and there is no doubt this sonic excellence will ensure that future Collaboration Projects will be the best ever produced,’ he asserted.
‘Training students on high quality equipment is essential to develop a true understanding of what’s possible,’ Mr Steffen continued. ‘The ability for the 948 to integrate with our DAWs, and at the same time provide that classic SSL analogue interface and capability was at the top of our list of considerations. In addition to the sonic quality, the build quality, design, layout, digital and analogue processing combinations and flexibility make the AWS 948 a superb workhorse as our main console.’