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Audient console upgrade at West Notts college offers ‘hands-on’ training

West Nottinghamshire students have benefited from an upgrade in their college’s main studio with the arrival of a 24-channel Audient Heritage console.

The ASP8024 Heritage Edition console was introduced to Studio One at Vision West Nottinghamshire College earlier this year to offer a more hands-on experience of professional sound mixing.

“We strive to give our students an experience that is as close to what they might find in the professional world as possible”, said learning advisor and studio coordinator Rob Mann. “The ASP8024 HE offers a wide range of great features that allows our students a great, hands-on learning experience.”

The console has gone down “enormously well” with department staff since its installation, although many students were initially taken aback by its size. Mann said: “Having worked on much smaller format consoles in the college previously, it’s quite a step up for them, but they seem to be diving in head first and getting very excited about the desk and its capabilities.”

The introduction of the Audient console has also re-sparked conversation in the department about opening the studios up externally.

“Now that we have the Audient it seems only natural that we look at putting the studio out for commercial use,” said Mann.

The college also invested in two optional add-ons: dual layer control and an on-board patchbay.

“[The ASP8024] is so easy to work around, and the channel flow is perfect for teaching on. It makes the tutors’ lives so easy when explaining signal paths and gain staging and the dual faders makes input monitoring and mixing so simple,” Mann added.