NJ High School Adds New Recording Studio to Learning Spaces
A vocational and technical high school in New Jersey has added new professional recording equipment to one of its teaching spaces. County Preparatory High School, part of Hudson County Schools of Technology, added hardware from Solid State Logic (SSL), a UK-based company that manufactures analog and digital audio consoles for music and audio production. Students in the Music and Audio Technology program learn to write their own songs and produce their own music. The senior project consists of setting up a label and releasing songs.
To help students learn about industrial-grade equipment, the high school acquired Solid State’s AWS super analog console with 48 inputs for a studio main classroom. The school already had an SSL XL-Desk studio console in a smaller recording space.
Although construction on the studio began in 2019, equipment deliveries were delayed in 2020 due to the pandemic, and the space finally became operational earlier this year.
County Prep High School’s new studio has professional Solid State Logic equipment.
Source: Solid state logic
The AWS 948 Î´elta is installed at the front of a teaching space that can accommodate around 16 students and opens onto a monitoring room with a piano and two soundproof booths. In addition to the console, students can work with microphone preamps, equalizers and dynamic processing equipment from several manufacturers, installed in twin 19-inch racks. The facility also includes a Bricasti M7 stereo reverb processor, a rack of 500 series modules and a pair of ATC main monitors to support stereo listening with a 5.1 configuration of Genelec Proximity monitors available for surround sound projects.
The SSL XL-Desk was the first console installed at the school, and this is where students begin their mixing education. Once they have mastered that, said Wilkis Figuereo, supervisor of education, music and audio technology for schools, they are brought into the larger studio for the “big rig recordings.” , such as those requiring orchestral music.
âI need my students to learn real signal flow using a real console,â Figuereo said in a press release. “And I wanted to be able to use the AWS not only for digital recording, but also as a fully functional analog console. We’re very happy with the console. It sounds great.”
Both studios are on a scale facility Audinate Dante network. The analog patch panels directly power the console and all inputs and outputs of the AWS desktop interface through AVID Pro Tools Software.
Figuereo said he added the Dante interface to the mix, to allow it to “capture and record 64 channels of audio from anywhere in the building and hook them up to the console. And we can monitor everything in the recording studio. and classrooms. “
The studio also supports streaming. “We have a Crestron system with cameras and SDI connections everywhere, âFiguereo explained. âI am able to show the console with a camera and I can talk about the signal flow and how it works. We can have videos in all rooms for the students, as well as live performances. “
Students receive Pro Tools and Dante networking certification as part of their music and audio technology education. âWe expose them to being able to record in a professional recording studio,â Figuereo said. “I wanted to make sure that we bring a real world experience to space. And you have to have a real analog console for that.” As he noted, âwe’re just trying to be a game changer. How many kids are coming out of high school and can say they have been trained on an AWS 948 SSL console? “
Dian Schaffhauser is Senior Contributing Editor for Educational Publications at 1105 Media The newspaper, Campus technology and Spaces4Learning. She can be reached at [emailÂ protected] or on Twitter @schaffhauser.