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Music Production

Sacto College Installs Audient Desk

An Audient console has replaced a 25-year-old desk in the music department.

Sacramento, CA (April 6, 2018)—It’s out with the old and in with the new at Sacramento City College (SCC), where an Audient ASP8024 Heritage Edition console has replaced a 25-year-old desk in the music department.

“The Audient is a fabulous replacement,” says director of commercial music, Kirt Shearer. The addition of the Audient is part of a multi-year rebuilding of all audio technology throughout the music department and is “the centerpiece of our entire facility upgrade,” according to Shearer.

SCC prides itself on being technology focused, and its three highly specified and varied studio rooms are testament to that. “The Audient is in Studio A control room, our main analogue room that can accommodate 2-inch 24-track and 32 x 32 Pro Tools,” he explains, adding, “Studio B is the Hybrid room and our smaller Studio C is the ‘In the Box’ room.”

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Shearer cites the “combination of fantastically flexible routing on the analogue portion of the console and a comprehensive moving fader Pro Tools controller” as particularly useful attributes. “The more I examined the ASP8024HE, the more I realized how incredibly well thought out it is. You can tell how much care went into the design. It has amazingly flexible features and routing in a very straightforward layout. There just wasn’t another option that met all of the criteria.

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“The thing that amazed me was how quiet the console is,” he continues, describing his initial contact. “The very first time I powered it up after wiring and installation, I brought up the monitors and faders and it was dead quiet. No hiss, no buzz, no ground loops. I literally spent zero time chasing down problems. It was fully working from the very first moment.”

Since then he’s found many more reasons to appreciate the console. “One of my favorite features is the double output buss routing. We run both 2-inch 24-track and Pro Tools HD. Since this is an educational facility, the ASP8024HE double buss outputs gives us the ability to track to either machine or both simultaneously without touching a patch cable.”

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