Full Sail’s Gateway Studios Project
It was a busy June at Full Sail University (Winter Park, Fla.) with the induction of the second group into the Full Sail Hall of Fame and the official opening of the Gateway Studios Project. With congressmen, state legislators and local dignitaries onstage, along with the chairs of the university board, Full Sail president Garry Jones led a ribbon-cutting ceremony in front of the new Live venue, then led the crowd inside on a red-carpet to celebrate the induction of the new Hall of Fame class.
The Gateway Studios Project encompasses a new game production studio, classrooms, the Audio Temple (a state-of-the-art SSL Duality studio) and the new Full Sail Live, a multipurpose venue that can hold upward of 1,500 students for a performance or convert to classroom and presentation mode.
Full Sail Live is outfitted with the new Meyer Sound MICA Curvilinear Array loudspeaker system, with UPJ-1P frontfill and JM-1P centerfill, to go with the powered UM-1P monitor system. A DiGiCo SD7/SD8 special package sits at FOH, though the facility can also roll in its wealth of Yamaha and Avid boards. Recording, through a dedicated audio suite, is to a Pro Tools HD rig and Tascam X48 multitrack. A plethora of Shure mics and a Sennheiser wireless system round out the house package.
“We’re very excited about Full Sail Live,” says Dana Roun, Full Sail director of audio programs. “We will be using it primarily for student gatherings and presentations including concerts. Mutemath really took it to the limit, but there is tons of headroom in the Meyer system. Second, we will be using it for special seminars where we can host up to 300 people all connected on laptops. And third, we will be reachng out to the community and donating the space for charity events. We just finished a meeting with a couple hundred Apple educators, and we did a two-week video production for Storyville, Full Sail founder Jon Phelps’ current project. We look forward to figuring out how else we can use it!”