The custom length Argosy Mirage D240 Workstation in one of the classrooms at Dark Horse Institute in Nashville
Dark Horse Institute, the teaching facility at Dark Horse Recording in Nashville, recently expanded its classroom facilities by adding a custom 11.5-foot-long Argosy Mirage Series desk. Designed to seat four students each at an individual audio workstation, the new custom desk is identical to two others already installed in the classrooms, and joins three other Argosy desks located throughout the Dark Horse Recording Studios complex.
Three years ago, the institute expanded its offerings with a 14-week program on audio engineering, which covers the music recording process from mic placement through the final mix. Students receive instruction from working engineers and classes are held in one of four studios, with students actively participating in sessions seated at the mixing console, for a hands-on learning experience. The venture has successful enough that the institute will move to a second campus located six miles away at the “Franklin Factory.”
An array of Argosy desks can be found in every area of the four-studio complex. “We’ve gotten so hooked on the Argosy desks, we can’t stop ordering them,” says owner Robin Crow. To date, Dark Horse Institute has six Argosy desks to accommodate various mixing consoles as well as three matching 12-foot-long Mirage desks, each of which holds four iMac-based Pro Tools workstations.
“The ability to order desks custom-made by Argosy to exactly the right measurements for our facility has been a life-saver," Crow says. "There’s no doubt we will soon be up to a dozen or so desks in the near future.”
Dark Horse Recording has hosted artists such as Taylor Swift, Matchbox Twenty, Tim McGraw, Jewel, The Fray and many others.