Valhalla, NY (March 23, 2017)—High schoolers in New York are learning music production and post production thanks to a new regional career-training program. The Southern Westchester BOCES (Board of Cooperative Educational Services) audio and post production program is the only such program in the state.
Southern Westchester BOCES sound/post production teacher Sean Harty explained, "I want students to feel like they are in a working environment and to know how the gear works as well as what it does. I need equipment that enables us to create a seamless workflow so I can focus on teaching the art and techniques of the industry. It's vital to teach skills such as boom poling and how to wrap a cable, which seem simple, to be sure students don't learn bad habits."
Harty said, "We have 33 kids from different districts who want to start learning a trade. I'm teaching work-based learning, which means what they learn is what they'll experience in the industry. We use Tascam products for many of the same reasons professional studios and field recording rigs use them, as well as for reasons specific to education. The Tascam US-4x4 interface and DR-701D field recorder are exactly what we need; it's as if they were meant for my program."
Harty's program uses 16 iMacs, of which 10 are equipped with Tascam US-4x4 audio/MIDI interfaces. The others will get interfaces when the budget permits. "Buying US-4x4 interfaces was one of the best decisions I've made," Harty said. "The US-4x4 has a lot of great features we need, and the price is excellent. Preamps are very important, and I love the sound of Tascam's Ultra-HDDA preamps. Also, in a school, you have to wait for IT to take care of firmware updates and install software but the US-4x4 is class compliant—it has built-in drivers—so we don't have to involve IT."