Chicago, IL (February 20, 2008)–Flashpoint, The Academy of Media Arts and Sciences, has purchased two True Systems P-Solo single-channel preamplifiers. The P-Solo preamps are installed in two sound-for-film suites at the campus, which offers two-year courses in digital arts and entertainment technologies.
“We bought the P-Solos specifically to install them in our mini suites,” says Bernie Mack, a Chicago-based recording engineer and educator for over 15 years and a Flashpoint Academy Recording Arts faculty member. “They have everything we were looking for–features, controls, design and performance. They’re perfect, especially for the price.”
Flashpoint Academy, which opened in September 2007 in the heart of Chicago’s Loop, chose the True P-Solo preamps after a lot of research, explains Mack. The physical form factor played a part in the decision, he says. “It was the fact that they are tabletop–they’re heavy, solid boxes–and they have all the functions we were looking for: 48 volts, a pad and a nice big knob.”
As for the sound quality, John Murray, chair of the Recording Arts, comments, “The reason we purchased the True P-Solo is that they are very transparent and also the noise floor is significantly low. When we first plugged it in, we turned it up and said, ‘Wow, that’s pretty quiet.’ But we really love them for the transparency. They’re mostly for doing voiceover work, so we wanted something that wasn’t going to color the sound a lot.”
Murray elaborates, “In our Recording Arts program, we have a large recording room, two post control rooms for sound design and four mini suites. Two are built out right now and two more will be built out in the future. The mini suites are for doing sound for film, with Pro Tools|HD, a small control surface, a plasma television and a pair of nearfields. They’re connected to a narration booth where students can record voiceovers.”