Australia's NMIT Upgrades with SSL

The Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE in Australia has upgraded the main audio recording facility on its Fairfield Campus with an SSL AWS 948 hybrid console/controller.
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Melbourne, Australia (August 3, 2012)-The Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE in Australia has upgraded the main audio recording facility on its Fairfield Campus with an SSL AWS 948 hybrid console/controller.

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The Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE (Technical and Further Education; NMIT) offers vocational training in all aspects of audio production through its Sound Production certificate program. "The highlight of the recently-upgraded Studio R103 is certainly the SSL AWS 948," says Darren Steffen, program coordinator, Sound Production, Department of Performing Arts, NMIT.

"The console interfaces beautifully with our Pro Tools|HD and Logic systems, as well as the deluxe outboard equipment we offer. The decision to upgrade an aging analogue console to the SSL was thoroughly challenging, but in the end, obvious. Our pool of experienced teaching staff has much experience using SSL in the workplace and, for many, there is no acceptable alternative console available. Since our students will more than likely encounter SSL in their professional lives at the more high-end production facilities, the AWS 948 is ideal for our application."

The Studio R103 control room can accommodate a class of 20 students, and employs an overhead camera above the mixing console to provide demonstrations to the larger groups. The associated studio room offers a recording room and attached grand piano and drum/vocal booths, with the main studio room substantial enough to handle a big band or small film orchestra. NMIT's IT infrastructure allows transfer of data between any computer-based sound production workstation throughout the campus and the SSL console, making inter-discipline projects possible.

"The premiere project we produce at NMIT Performing Arts is the Collaboration Project," continues Steffen. "The sonic excellence of the AWS has made a remarkable improvement in the sound quality of this project and there is no doubt this sonic excellence will ensure that future Collaboration Projects will be the best ever produced."

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