Tempe, AZ (October 22, 2004)–In another step along the way in the Conservatory’s recent campus expansion, the school took delivery of a Yamaha PM1D Digital Audio Mixing System. The pro-quality live desk is a popular option for theater and live tour sound and is featured in such venues as the new Walt Disney concert hall in Los Angeles, the showroom at the Las Vegas Hilton and the Marion Oliver McCaw Hall in Seattle.
“This desk rocks,” said Conservatory live sound instructor Keith Morris. “After an hour of instruction from (Yamaha’s) Randy Weitzel, I was flying.” Conservatory students will benefit twofold from the new addition to the school’s 6,000-sq. ft. live sound classroom. First, the new desk perfectly compliments the newly-installed JBL Vertec line array system. And secondly, students will have the opportunity to become certified PM1D operators. Live sound engineer Robert Scovill will develop a PM1D certification for the school to add to the rest of the curriculum he has penned for the CRAS. “Our upcoming Vertec and PM1D certifications are an awesome combo,” adds Administrator Kirt Hamm. “It gives our students’ resumes a one-two punch that will make them eminently employable in the audio marketplace.”
The Conservatory offers a 37-week (900 clock-hour) comprehensive course in audio technology featuring study in multi-track music recording, live sound, MIDI and digital recording, troubleshooting and electronics, music business, post-production for film and television, comprehensive instruction on Solid State Logic and Neve consoles, and Avid/Digidesign Pro Tools certification. A 280 clock-hour internship is also required for graduation. The courses are taught by Gold and Platinum award-winning professionals who care passionately about the industry.