Los Angeles, CA (September 3, 2020) — Audio Test Kitchen reports that various audio institutions around the world are using the company’s mic performance comparison website as a teaching tool during the coronavirus pandemic.
“When the quarantine first hit and the school had to shut down, we were looking for ways to keep our students involved and engaged; Audio Test Kitchen is a resource that the Conservatory used to make it happen,” says David Kohr, an instructor at Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences (CRAS) in Tempe, AZ. “Having a platform that allows us to compare microphones and showcase their different designs and sounds with audio and visual examples provided CRAS a way to continue to educate our students and keep feeding them knowledge.”
Users can audition the sound of hundreds of microphones via real, standardized recordings and standardized frequency response graphs at the website. Created in partnership with 50 mic manufacturers and in collaboration with AES senior fellow Dr. Sean Olive and acoustical engineer Todd Welti, both of Harman International, ATK bills itself as “the world’s first unbiased audio product comparison website.”
“Audio Test Kitchen provides the means for future audio professionals to develop their hearing skills by ‘trying out’ and exploring a large, evolving inventory of microphones,” says Francisco Rendiles, director of studies & admissions at Canada’s Musitechnic in Montreal, Quebec. “The site empowers users to understand microphones’ unique characteristics and potential applications, a process that can otherwise be time-consuming and costly.”
According to Roderik Povel, vocalist and lecturer at Holland’s Conservatorium Maastricht, “Due to COVID-19, we, like everyone else, are working online partially. ATK helps me to visually indicate what we are listening to and to choose the proper mic for the job.”
Scott LeGere, assistant professor at Minnesota State University and Music & Entertainment Industry Educators Association (MEIEA) board member, reports, “We started using Audio Test Kitchen in the classroom earlier this spring before COVID hit. As a younger program, we haven’t built out the facilities and mic lockers yet that other institutions might have access to. With ATK, students are exposed to a huge range of tools, they’re learning to trust their ears and they are even starting to make some of their first purchase decisions for their own music, podcasts, and vlogs…. For educators, students, and young professionals alike, I think ATK can help open a world of possibility to improve one’s critical listening skills and find the best tools to fit creative projects.”
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