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DFEi Students Appreciate New Large Format Audient Mixing Desk
Ireland – An Audient ASP8024 Heritage Edition console was installed as part of a full studio upgrade at Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute (DFEi) this academic year, which has already sparked great interest from students.
Patrick Wall, course co-ordinator of the music and sound engineering programmes explains: “We offer students the chance to undertake supervised studio time outside of class hours to work on their own projects. There has been really great uptake this year, and I am sure that the new console and studio improvements have played a part.”
The studio set-up consists of a control room, main live room, drum room and smaller booth. The control room houses the Audient console, Genelec monitoring, Mac Mini M1 running ProTools and an outboard rack with various processors and effects. “As well as the new Audient console, we installed bespoke studio furniture and a new patchbay to integrate our rack gear,” says Patrick.
Recommended by local pro audio services company, Big Bear Sound, it was the price point and the fact that it’s an analogue desk that originally attracted them to the Audient. William Demange, DFEi’s sound engineering and music technology teacher is very pleased. “It’s working really well! All I/Os are routed to our new patchbay which simplifies the work flow.
“Overall the desk offers a lot of flexibility,” he says, when asked about the features that stand out to him. He continues: “The layout of the console and the fact it’s a large format desk makes it easier for students to learn on. We also appreciate the DAW control features and those punchy preamps.”
It is not just current students who are enjoying the upgraded studio space at DFEi, according to Patrick. “Interestingly, we have had a number of visits from former students now working in the industry who were particularly impressed by the new console and studio upgrade.”
With currently three class groups using the console: SE5A – Sound Engineering and Music Production with DJ Skills, SE5B – Sound Engineering and Music Production with Live Music Skills and SE6A – Advanced Sound Engineering and Music Production (second year students), around 36 students will be working directly with the desk over the course of this year. Patrick anticipates that number to increase in time. “We expect to continue to grow, as our investment in new technology should draw more students to our courses.”
9th January 2023
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