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Concordia Launches New Recording Facilities

A new recording studio centered around a Rupert Neve Designs 5088 console at Concordia University Irvine is expected to aid students’ learning experience.

Irvine, CA (February 13, 2020)—The new Borland-Manske Center at Concordia University Irvine includes a recording studio anchored by a new 32-channel Rupert Neve Designs 5088 console.

The new center marks a significant expansion of the music program at the college, which is located just outside of Los Angeles. The acoustic spaces in the $30M building were designed by Walters-Storyk Design Group and include an 1100-sq.-ft. studio suite connected to a 3000-sq.-ft. orchestral hall and a 2500-sq.-ft. choral hall for large-scale recordings.

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The 32-channel 5088 console is fully loaded with 32 Shelford 5052 mic preamp/inductor EQ modules, nine Shelford 5051 inductor EQ/compressor modules, and the company’s own SwiftMix automation.

“I have been fortunate to work on consoles designed by Mr. Rupert Neve for many years,” says Prof. Steve Young, Concordia University Irvine director of commercial music. “One of our core values for the new facility is to provide students with an opportunity to learn, create and grow in an environment featuring tools and technology to which they might not normally have access.”

Concordia’s commercial music program is a “diverse, immersive experience, designed to prepare the student for the demands that face today’s music professionals.” The curriculum, which emphasizes both musicianship and artistry, includes study in areas such as performance, composition / songwriting, arranging and music production.

“While students learn best-practices in music-making, we want them to experience best-in-class audio quality,” Young continues. “The 5088 was an obvious choice for its vintage heritage, modern capabilities and superior sound. It has a transparency and clarity that separated it from the other consoles we considered—and it looks amazing in the room.”

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