New York, NY (November 30, 2004)–SAE Institute has announced a new Digidesign Pro Tools curriculum and associated certification for all students enrolled in its Audio Technology Program. The new courses, to be offered in conjunction with Educational Partner Digidesign, will provide complete Pro Tools training to students worldwide as the entire network of SAE campuses become designated Digidesign Certified Training Centers.
Raising the standard of its network of professional recording and educational facilities, SAE’s new Digidesign Certified Training Location status heralds a mutually beneficial partnership for students and studios alike. Digidesign hardware and software are integral to SAE’s audio programs, which also incorporate course material from Digidesign’s exclusive Training and Education Program. Students already using a wide array of Pro Tools setups and configurations will benefit as SAE continues to advance its technical excellence.
Topics outlined in the new curriculum are designed to teach foundational as well as advanced skills for the Pro Tools environment, as well as give students an independent understanding of the capabilities of such equipment in the studio. Digidesign’s “Pro Tools 101” certification will also become a standard inclusion with SAE’s Audio Technology Program diploma.
This announcement follows several significant purchases and upgrades for many of SAE Institute’s Digidesign product-based studios and educational facilities worldwide. One of the latest acquisitions–the purchase of 10 Digidesign ICON consoles–provides access to the most intuitive tactile control surface available for Pro Tools systems. This included the first-ever European installation of the ICON console at SAE’s Amsterdam campus, as well as subsequent installations at SAE facilities in Barcelona, Cologne, Hamburg, Vienna, Sydney, Byron Bay and Munich, as well as upcoming units to be delivered to Berlin and Los Angeles. Concurrent upgrades of over 30 of SAE’s numerous workstations to the Pro Tools|HD Accel core DSP engine, and 20 units of the Focusrite Liquid Channel microphone preamp, with supported Pro Tools integration, have also been added to SAE campuses around the world. The Liquid Channel features new preamp technology and dynamic convolution techniques to produce a wide variety of preamp and compressor combinations.
Furthermore, SAE has enabled an even deeper collaboration between the student and Digidesign’s industry-standard technology by supplying each student with the Pro Tools LE recording system, including a Digidesign Mbox Studio Music Production System interface and fully loaded Apple iBook G4 laptop. The Mbox brings audio and MIDI recording, editing, real-time mixing and Internet collaboration together with acclaimed Digidesign and Focusrite performance, in a portable package. Utilizing this system allows students access to wireless networking and recording technologies throughout SAE campuses, and provides a powerful recording platform that encourages learning both on and off campus.
SAE Institute vice president Rudi Grieme commented, “The new course implementation and student certification is a culmination of what we have been doing with Digidesign for years, through various partnerships and programs around the world. To be able to give our students this new, tangible designation is above and beyond what any educational institute can independently offer. It’s really a forward-thinking approach to not just the education of our students, but also to the opportunities they will be presented with after graduation. Their hands-on experience with Digidesign technology at our campuses is made that much more valuable by SAE’s ability to stay on top of the latest technologies and trends in gear. When you back that with a generation of students who are comfortable with the idea of carrying a complete Pro Tools system in their backpack–along with the fact that they are certified by the manufacturer to use it–I think we represent a whole new level of integrity for prospective employers and for the future of audio technology. SAE is committed to maintaining this high standard, and we are excited about what our continued Educational Partnership with Digidesign will hold in the future.”