South Plains College (Levelland, Texas) purchased a Midas Heritage 3000 mixing console through Miller Pro Audio (Lubbock, Texas). The school’s commercial audio department prepares students for all aspects of live performance production, and wanted to bring the real world of sound mixing into the classroom with an industry-standard Heritage console. Aside from equipping these prospective sound professionals with a hands-on education in the art of sound reinforcement, the department’s instructors also guide students through the nuances of mixing various styles of music, such as rock, jazz and country.
Ron Grant of Telex Pro Audio Group worked with the school and commented, “South Plains College was looking to purchase a console that was a proven industry standard, so students could mix behind something they would almost certainly encounter out in the field. The H3K is a true touring-grade board, and working on it gives the students a real edge in terms of preparing them for a career in sound engineering.”
Matt Quick, a sound technology instructor at South Plains College, reported, “When we started looking for a large-frame analog desk for hands-on training, the Heritage 3000 was at the top of the list. We already use smaller-format digital consoles, so the students have a sense of operating digital desks. It’s still the case that nothing sounds as good or is as responsive as a big Midas, and everyone in this industry should know their way around one. I know from personal experience as an engineer that this is the board you’ll see most often on both tour riders and rental house equipment lists. Although we might only use half of the output buses on the shows we produce here, using a large-format console means we can set up the desk for production scenarios that students will almost certainly encounter in the future. Even though we use the H3K as a FOH desk, I also teach the students to use it as a monitor desk. I want them to be at home in each position, just like the console; that’s the main reason it made sense to bring one in to the program.”
The department also has a Midas Venice console, used primarily for their touring ensemble, which goes out for recruitment at high schools and colleges. They also use a Klark Teknik DN405 EQ, two DN360 EQs and a Midas XL42 dual-channel, rack-mountable EQ.
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