imgWaxahachie, TX (August 27, 2014)—Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU), located in Waxahachie, TX, recently added a 48-fader Yamaha Nuage advanced production DAW system.

The system, purchased through Audio Dawg of Irving, TX, is installed in a dedicated studio for commercial production that is available for rental and an academic learning lab for Digital Media Arts students. Internships are being offered for students in the program, but they will also have to complete at least one major audio project using the studio, with staff engineer assistance.

“I started using Nuendo 2.0 in 2003 as an upgrade from Cubase SX which I was strictly using for MIDI programming,” states John Cookman, chief engineer and director of media services and production. “My DAW at the time was a PARIS system that had been discontinued, and I needed a DAW that could keep up with where I was leaving off. Wow! Nuendo really did that and more.”
Cookman purchased Nuage primarily because he had grown tired of recording, editing and mixing with a mouse and keyboard. “I always sensed that my creativity was being stifled due to the inefficient ways of keyboard and mouse work flow,” Cookman says. “I had originally planned to purchase a Euphonix system because of its acclaimed integration with Nuendo, but once I demoed the Nuage at NAB 2013, I decided it was much more practical to buy a console that was specifically made for the Nuendo platform and would also be supported by Nuendo’s parent company, Yamaha. From the first minute I sat down with the Nuage, I have felt at home.”

The Digital Media Arts BA degree is the path for all of SAGU media students, and the department is moving toward an audio recording degree path. They offer an audio recording class that is mandatory for all DMA students. Each student will be doing at least one project on the Nuage. SAGU averages roughly 20 students in the audio recording class per semester.

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