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Oberlin Conservatory of Music Upgrades with Grace Design

The Oberlin Conservatory of Music (Oberlin, Ohio) recently completed a major upgrade to their state-of-the-art recording facilities, which included four

The Oberlin Conservatory of Music (Oberlin, Ohio) recently completeda major upgrade to their state-of-the-art recording facilities, whichincluded four Grace Design model 801R 8-channel remote-controlmicrophone preamplifiers, as well as a model 901 reference headphoneamplifier. The sale was handled by Grace Design dealer Sweetwater inFort Wayne, Ind.

The Conservatory records over 450 concerts per year including jazz,early music, opera, orchestra, electronic music, chamber music, inaddition to a multitude of other classical formats. The 801Rs are usedas the primary microphone preamplifiers in each of two control rooms aswell as two mobile recording configurations. The 801R outputs feedmultichannel, high-definition A/D converters, which, in turn, connectto a number of digital recording systems the Conservatory employs. Themodel 801R systems were chosen for their exceptional sonic performanceand reliability.

“At the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, our main goal is to educatethe next generation of musicians and to make music at the highestpossible level,” noted associate dean of technology and facilitiesMichael Lynn. “An important part of that process is recording, whichmust capture the subtle nuances of the finest performances. We feelthat the Grace 801R will help ensure that quality through itstransparent, detailed, open, natural sound and its flexible featureset.”

Grace Design VP of sales and marketing Doug Wood comments: “TheOberlin Conservatory of Music is regarded as one of the premier musicschools in the country and we’re thrilled that they have chosen toinclude our model 801R and 901 products in their recording systemupgrade.”

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