Ann Arbor, MI (March 23, 2006)–The recording studio within the Duderstadt Center on the campus of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor will soon be furthering its primary goal as being a “facility of the future,” with the addition of a new API Vision surround sound mixing and recording console.
Working on the plans for the renovation of Duderstadt Center at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, are David Greenspan (right), audio resources coordinator and his associate, Jeff Vautin. Greenspan choose the 48-frame, 40-channel API Vision Surround console as the centerpiece for the new Walters-Storyk-designed room.Marking its 10th anniversary, the Duderstadt Center studio makeover is part of an overall renovation effort at the interactive educational facility, which also offers an electronic music studio, digital media tools lab, video studio, multimedia workrooms and much more.
“The facility serves both production and educational needs, and is unique in that it is open to everyone affiliated with the university as long as they’re certified,” explained David Greenspan, audio resources coordinator at the Duderstadt Center.
Later this spring, the recording studio will be decommissioned as the renovation process kicks off, with expected delivery of the new 48-frame, 40-channel Vision console in July. The project is planned to be complete in time for the kickoff of fall term.
The 480 square-foot control room will feature an acoustical design by John Storyk of Walters-Storyk Design Group. Greenspan specified the Vision as the centerpiece of this room following an evaluation of virtually every viable console option–digital, analog, and analog with digital control.
“I’ve been a long-time user and fan of API,” he said. “With my previous role as the recording services manager at Interlochen (Center For The Arts), we used API 1604s. Once you get hooked on that sound, there’s no going back. That quality of warmth makes it an incredible tool for audio production.”
Surround mix and production capability in 5.1 is a major cornerstone of the renovation effort. Part of the University of Michigan coursework is dedicated to creating music-based surround projects, but also surround for film and television. The idea is to provide students with a useful learning environment that prepares them for their future careers, while also meeting current needs.
“It’s great that the Vision offers the ability to do both surround mixing and stereo mixing simultaneously. What an attractive feature!” Greenspan said. “Analog is still the best teaching tool and intuitive to use. That knowledge can be easily transferred to other formats. If you’re going analog, it has to be API.”
Audio Toys Inc.