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The Hayes School of Music, part of Appalachian State University, has installed a 48-channel SSL Duality ?elta console in its Robert F. Gilley Recording Studio.
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Boone, NC (February 8, 2017)—The Hayes School of Music, part of Appalachian State University, has installed a 48-channel SSL Duality Delta console in its Robert F. Gilley Recording Studio.

The new console has gone into the John Storyk-designed Studio A control room. Only 15 students a year start the Recording and Production course at the school, to ensure every one leaves with extensive and valuable experience in a wide range of technologies and techniques. Four students signed up to do the bulk of the Duality installation work, with the guidance of the school's chief recording engineer and associate professor of music, Scott Wynne. Another five contributed to the effort as required. The core team worked through the summer to finish the installation, putting an estimated 280 man-hours into the project.

In recent times, the university had invested in a lot of outboard equipment and, according to Wynne, had run into a “bottleneck.” He felt that the previously installed digital console was not making the most of the extensive analog equipment, especially when it came to issues caused by managing conversion delays and so on. "There was, of course, a lot more to it than that," he says, "but that's where the process started.”

"Now that it's in, I'd say the total recall system is one of the things I really enjoy about it,” says Wynne. “Recalling the entire 48 channels is fast and easy, which is great for the students. The recording studio runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and our sessions are booked five hours back-to-back. You can waste a lot of time recalling other consoles. That was a big consideration for our facility."

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