Knoxville, TN (March 18, 2016)—Pellissippi State Community College has installed a DiGiCo S21 digital console at the Knoxville-based school’s Bagwell Center for Media and Art.
Audio infuses all of the department’s media tracks, including video and web production, according to Mischa Goldman, media technologies instructor at the college. “A lot of our audio is recorded and received from the video classes, but our main focus is in live recording and post production,” he explains.
The department operates 50 Avid Media Composer/Pro Tools workstations and six private edit suites for teaching, equipped with various digital production formats, but is using mainly USB audio interfaces, and analog mixers.
“We can take audio from projects recorded on Pro Tools at our studios, or from a split from the console at the Clayton Performing Arts Center on our campus, and the students can mix them as virtual soundchecks,” says Goldman, who is also technical director for the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra, which has been the subject of live and prerecorded mixes through the S21.
Goldman was also once on staff at plug-in manufacturer Waves, where he first encountered DiGiCo desks through their integration with Waves’ plug-ins. “That’s where I discovered how good a console DiGiCos are. DiGiCo is one of the top touring brands in the world. Having the S21 console available in the VPT department will help prepare students for positions in audio setup, mixing or recording in different types of venues. These boards are found in the regional theaters and performing arts centers that potentially will employ our graduates.”