Audience Console acclaimed for its “reliability and sound”
United States – The finishing touches are being made to the new studios at the University of Nebraska at Omaha this summer. Featuring a 24-channel ASP8024-HE with Dual Layer Control (DLC) in its classroom-sized control room, Recording Studio 381 is a fully equipped 96-track recording facility (64 analog, 32 Dante) with surround capability.
When choosing the console for the Music Technology program, Assistant Professor of Music Technology Seth Shafer was determined that his students had a full monitoring and mixing experience. “They should have the option to experience an analog in-line console with enough bus outputs, lots of aux sends and lots of insert options,” he explains. “On the other hand, the DLC control surface allows them to work out of the box with convenient, convenient control.”
During his extensive research, Seth discovered that Audient uses the same mic preamp technology in both large and small format consoles. He went to see the ASP4816 at Chris Schlarb’s Big Ego studio. “I am a huge fan of the music he produced on this console. He praised the reliability and the solid sound. In an educational environment with many different hands in charge, his approval gave me confidence that the ASP8024-HE would be the centerpiece of our studio for decades to come.
The console was installed in a brand new studio space as part of a new wing of the Strauss Performing Arts Center, which opened for classes in Spring 2020. “ASP8024- line routing options- HE are incredibly flexible, ”he says, with the students and staff equally impressed. “Our faculty of professional engineers was amazed at the versatility and functionality. “
He describes the new facility: “The studio includes immersive 8.1 surround sound, a large monitoring room, and three isolation rooms. Audio over IP connects the studio to the two performance venues, a smaller satellite studio and project space, as well as the adjacent percussion studio.
“The studio is supported by a significant set of microphones, external hardware processors, recording and processing software, and routing options,” he continues. “The studio has a Steinway B grand piano, an upright piano, a vintage drawbar organ and speaker cabinet, several vintage electric keyboards, monophonic, polyphonic and modular synthesizers, guitar and bass amplifiers and an assortment of acoustic cabinets. Plus, a fully repositionable camera system and large screens make instructional demonstrations easy.
With the specter of Covid-19 and the associated restrictions hanging over them, Seth has discovered that the Audient office offers a useful workaround. “Beyond the standard tracking and mixing features that we teach in our audio recording lessons, we were able to use the console to stream live concerts from our studio when the pandemic canceled in-person concerts. The console allowed us to create monitor mixes for the artists, mix the live stream, monitor the live stream, and record multitracks for further adjustments.
Despite the challenges of 2020, 70 students have gotten their hands on the console in the past year, and there is already strong demand for the studio from music technology faculties and the music school. Seth doesn’t see that change in the near future. “With the opening of new studios, the creation of new courses, the expansion of our faculty, the placement of alumni in graduate programs and professional positions and the increase in enrollment, the future from the University of Nebraska’s music technology program looks very promising. “