Winter Park, FL (August 20, 2010)–Full Sail University’s new dedicated facility for live concert training, Full Sail Live, sports DiGiCo SD7 and SD8 consoles at its FOH and Monitor positions.
After a year-plus of construction, Full Sail Live will serve numerous campus-wide events including live musical performances, monthly graduations, open house events, multi-visual presentations, guest lecture appearances, 16-speaker surround movie screenings and live concert student training sessions. The building is flanked by a new audio recording facility and linked by fiber for audio and video interfacing. DiGiCo SD7 and SD8 consoles were selected for installation to serve at FOH and Monitor engineering positions respectively, and round out an arsenal of 50 dedicated live production audio consoles currently used on campus.
“The console purchases were based on many elements,” explained Director of Audio Programs, Dana Roun. “We took into consideration superior technology and reliable service, industry acceptance, cost and value, as well as relationship and trust. As an educational facility—and this venue being the largest of six live production facilities on the campus—we have a responsibility to provide our Show Production students the full range of live concert industry tools, including lighting, video and audio. We knew we wanted a flagship console, and we knew its usage would need to cover a very wide range of functionality. The hitch, however, was that in planning our budget for the building four years in advance, the console purchase line item was merely a placeholder; I didn’t want to lock into our console until the last minute to ensure we were getting the most current technology available.”
The school has a history with DiGiCo, having purchased a DiGiCo D5 for training in 2002. Dave Dean, the school’s long-time Department Chair for Live Production (and an active FOH engineer with KC And The Sunshine Band) remarked, “The D5 console held up remarkably well considering the hundreds of live production students that used it year-round during that 5-year span. Our desire was to keep up with the top-level riders in the industry. That, coupled with feedback from friends that had used the SD7 in the field, and our great experience with the D5, meant we were very excited to get our hands on the new SD7 and SD8.”