(l-r) Professors Dann Sargent,
Keith Seppanen and Joe Alexander.
Chico, CA (October 25, 2010)--The Music Industry & Technology program at California State University, Chico recently purchased a 32-channel API 1608 console for its main recording room.
"The API 1608 really lets us teach signal flow to the students in a way that is tangible," said Prof. Keith Seppanen, chair of the music department and veteran sound engineer of Chet Atkins, Anita Baker, Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson, to name a few. "It is modular at its core, and we can encourage students to patch up what they need. We can arrange things so that it is impossible for them to be lazy in their thinking."
Professor Joe Alexander, who also specializes in the recording arts program and whose independent work with international talents has run the stylistic gamut for over 30 years, added, "I didn't spend a lifetime in the industry to come here and play academic makebelieve, and neither should students who are serious about their career and the future of audio. We all know that the price of admission to participate in audio has dropped dramatically. Now, most of our students come to us with plenty of experience with entry-level software and hardware. But at the same time, the standards of excellence have also dropped dramatically, given that some people feel an mp3 file now serves as the benchmark of quality. Thanks to API's long history and continued dedication to all-discrete analog circuitry, our API 1608 will recalibrate our students to a more respectable point of reference--the point of reference that helped capture some of the best recordings of all-time."
The API 1608 joins a host of outboard equipment, Adam and Focal monitors, Apple multi-core processor computer systems running Logic Pro 9 through an Apogee Symphony System used principally as a digital tape machine.