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SAE launches Audient console simulator for education

SAE launches Audient console simulator for education

SAE launches Audient console simulator for education


Dr Mark Bassett, director of academic quality assurance for licensed territories at the SAE Creative Media Institute, has launched the SAE Audient ASP4816 simulator, a digital tool providing remote access to a simulation of the small format Audient ASP4816 console. The fully functional simulator, which is audio capable and photo-realistic, is freely and publicly available.

“I designed the software as a teaching tool to allow students to learn the signal flow of the ASP4816 and practice using the console while off-campus,” explained Bassett. “The simulator was created by taking a high-resolution photo of the console and programming it to function from a UI perspective, so the interaction is as authentic as possible to the physical console; all the dials, switches, lights and faders are visually and functionally identical to the real thing. Once the console is ‘visually functional’, it is then programmed to function from an audio signal processing perspective so that it replicates the audio functions of the physical console. Learning and teaching assets and modes of operation are then added.”

Bassett created an Audio Inputs feature, allowing audio files to function as microphone or digital audio workstation inputs. The simulator incorporates interactive tutorials and custom console scenarios to explain signal flow and routing, as well as the desk’s features. “I chose the ASP4816 as it is one of the most deployed consoles throughout SAE globally,” he added.

While the Covid-19 pandemic has fast-tracked the technology’s development Bassett has been developing interactive education software for over a decade, with his earliest prototype console simulations dating back to 2015.

“We are delighted that Mark and the SAE Institute have chosen an Audient desk for this pioneering project and especially pleased that the SAE Audient ASP4816 simulator software is in the public domain,” added Audient’s marketing director, Andy Allen.

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