Emerson Adds API 1608

Boston’s Emerson College, which specializes in communications and the arts, recently added an automated 32-channel API 1608 analog console to its studio facilities.
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Boston, MA (February 18, 2014)—Boston’s Emerson College, which specializes in communications and the arts, recently added an automated 32-channel API 1608 analog console to its studio facilities.

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The new API 1608 will be used to teach courses in Advanced Recording and Introduction to Sound Design. “We are a school of communications, focusing on Sound for Visual Media Arts,” said Bruno Caruso, Audio Technical Supervisor with Emerson College. “We use our studio facilities to teach Sound Design, Mix to Picture, ADR, Foley, sound for gaming, and voice-over.”

Emerson’s studio facility already contains an entry-level room, with an analog analog console, and a high-end post-production suite with a menu-driven Avid Icon system. The post production suite already uses a collection of API 512c mic preamps and an API Channel Strip to handle any source recording. “We were certainly very happy with that sound,” said Caruso. “That was a factor that moved us in the direction of API for our console purchase.”

The goal was to add a studio space that bridged the technological gap between the entry-level room and the post production suite. “Of course the API sound was an important part of our decision to add a 1608, but there was more to it than that,” said Caruso. “It’s an analog board with a great sound and a very teachable workflow. The students can stand around the board while the instructor demonstrates techniques. Moreover, including automation gave us a pedagogical bridge between the entry-level room and the post-production suite.”

The desk was acquired through a collaborative initiative between VMA Prof. Pierre Archambault and the TRF Audio Group.

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