Bangor, ME (March 26, 2010)--The New England School of Communications (NESCOM) will replace a control surface in one of its surround rooms with a 48-channel API Vision surround production console.
"There are a variety of schools of thought about whether it is better to mix 'in the box' or 'out of the box,'" said Dave MacLaughlin, executive director of audio for NESCOM. "There are even regional variations. Nashville engineers, for example, tend to treat their DAWs like tape recorders, relying on external gear and summing to complete their mixes. Of course, we think students need experience with both approaches, but we already have control surfaces in a few of our other rooms. For Studio D, we wanted to give students more experience recording on a high-end console and then mixing back through that same console."
NESCOM keeps current by replacing one of the consoles in its seven fully appointed control rooms every year, as well as by providing regular upgrades to its remote truck and its 500-seat theater complex. Last year's pick was a 32-channel API 1608 with a 16-channel expander. That contributed to this year's decision to acquire an API Vision. Of the seven studios available to them, students are reportedly choosing to work in the 1608 room whenever they have the chance.
"We love the sound of the 1608," said MacLaughlin, "and the Vision is that in spades." MacLaughlin also cited API's design, warranty, and USA-build as factors in the decision. "Above all, the people at API have been great to work with. They have a helpful answer to every question and request. In fact, some folks from API traveled out here to help evaluate the room and craft the ideal plan for getting the most out of the Vision in terms of placement and interconnects."