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Massey University goes all in with Audient

Massey University goes all in with Audient

Massey University goes all in with Audient

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Massey University has acquired a range of Audient equipment for its New Zealand-based campuses, including four ASP8024 large Heritage Edition consoles, 26 iD4s and four iD14 audio interfaces. The equipment will be used to teach music and sound engineering, mixing and mastering, and was selected to provide ‘sonic consistency’ as all models sport the same mic pre technology. The new audio equipment was supplied by Audient New Zealand distributor, Protel.

‘The studios are brand new, so having decent desks to start with was important to us,’ explained the university’s Sound Design programme leader, Neil Aldridge. ‘The students took to the Heritage consoles like ducks to water, and having the same desk in four control rooms, means that they can move from one room to another without any trouble at all.

‘I love the signal flow on these consoles,’ he continued. ‘Moving from tracking to mixing is so natural, the Heritage melts into the background, allowing your creativity to come to the fore.’

Just over a year ago, the university also outfitted its iMac Lab with 25 iD22 audio interfaces coinciding with the launch of its Commercial Music degree course. ‘For me, a continuing delight with the iD22s is that they just work, and continue to sound great,’ added Mr Aldridge. ‘The success of the iD22s definitely informed our decision to get the Heritage desks. The iD4s are being used in our Mac Lab. They are used for the Music Studio Production course, which is based around Logic Pro X and takes a more in-the-box approach., and also for the sound-to-picture course Introduction to Audio Production and Sound Design, which is a postproduction course based around Pro Tools.’

With a higher risk of earthquakes, all new builds in New Zealand need to be approached with what Mr Aldridge describes as ‘seismic consideration’.

‘This was particularly complicated to meet the additional acoustic requirements of having many recording studios in close proximity, with some live rooms being shared by more than control room,’ Mr Aldridge explained. ‘Luckily, the combination of acoustic design by Andy Munro from Munro Acoustics, and building design by Athfield Architects has meant that the end result has more than exceeded our expectations.’

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