Recording Arts and Technology at Tri-C Gets New Sound Board
January 23, 2014
The Recording Arts and Technology department on the Metropolitan Campus recently completed the installation of a new sound board. The Audient ASP 8024 offers students the chance to work on a console with a workflow and layout common to contemporary recording studios, according to David Kennedy, director of RAT.
“This provides a style the students weren’t being exposed to,” Kennedy said.
“We have never had a true in-line console to demonstrate how signal flow can be routed and re-routed through its architecture. I hope that students will appreciate and understand the ASP 8024’s abilities in that regard,” said Kevin Baylon, RAT instructor and staff technician, in a statement.
It replaces a 30-year-old board that had been at the College for 12 years.
The new analog board is fitted into a studio with all analog gear, including equalizers, processors and a 2-inch tape machine. The board features 24 microphone inputs and can process sound from three studios in the building, including the main practice room where jazz musicians and ensembles play.
The warmth of analog is well suited to a space that is frequently used to record live ensembles, where tracks are not as heavily edited as in other recording situations.
“Having an analog board made sense. It’s the best thing we could get for the money in the analog world,” Kennedy said. He said the board was worth $35,000-$40,000.
RAT has a full complement of digital recording equipment, too, so students can work with both formats.
RAT faculty and staff spent winter break installing the new board.
Kennedy had the chance to work with it Jan. 9, recording a singer and pianist.
“I am really pleased with the sound—clean, clear. And it looks very good . . . The students are very excited,” Kennedy said.
In addition, RAT student workstations were upgraded to the newest version of ProTools software, and main studios were upgraded to ProTools HDX. In all, more than 80 computers received an upgrade.