Honolulu, HI (September 10, 2010)–The largest Rupert Neve Designs 5088 discrete analog console manufactured to date has been installed at the Honolulu Community College in Hawai’i.
The 64-fader desk is outfitted with 33 Portico modules in the penthouse section plus Martinsound Flying Fader automation, and is the centerpiece of the Music and Entertainment Learning Experience (MELE) program’s new production facility. The facility was funded by the Mike Curb Family Foundation through the University of Hawaii Foundation (UHF) and by federal grants.
“It’s a very solid platform for our students in Hawaii to engage in some really cutting edge technology in an analog format,” explains MELE program director, Keala Chock. “We are the only program in the university and in the state of Hawai’i that offers a degree in audio engineering, so it was important for us to recognize who the industry giants are and some of the technological contributions that have been made. Rupert Neve is among the best–if not the best–because of his contributions.”
The 64-channel 5088 console houses 32 Portico 5032 Mic Pre/EQ modules plus a 5043 Stereo Compressor. “We have plans to expand, given the 5088’s unique architecture, which allows for diverse analog/DAW custom configurations,” comments Chock. “It’s a huge step forward for the MELE Program in a lot of different ways, both in the academic sense but also in the professional training that can happen here in Hawai’i for other engineers and creative industries.” Fall classes at the 200 and 300 level are already filling up, he notes.
The new Mike Curb MELE Studio facilities also include a classroom and two tracking rooms, and offer space for future expansion.
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