Photo: Phil Farnsworth, courtesy of Berklee College of Music
The Music Production and Engineering Department at the Berklee College of Music in Boston recently announced that it would replace three of its existing consoles with three 32-channel API Legacy Plus consoles.
Berklee’s faculty uses three studios to teach signal flow, foundational recording and mixing topics, and critical listening skills. Because student projects move between the three rooms, it was important that there be parity in their equipment. “The old consoles that the Legacies will replace are still great for teaching signal flow, but the APIs will allow us to raise the bar in terms of sonics, and better prepare students when they undoubtedly encounter these consoles in their careers,” explains Rob Jaczko, chair of the Music Production and Engineering Department.
“API is a benchmark of the industry and the API Legacy is a definitive tool. We offer many different topologies in our 13 studios, and we’ve desired to add API desks for a long time. I look forward to turning legions of young producers and engineers on to these consoles.”
The College also has aspirations to build a music technology building from the ground up—ambitions that are on pause until the economic climate brightens. “We wanted our console purchases now to retain their relevance moving forward,” says Jaczko. “We’re happy to know the Legacies will be serving students for a long time to come!”