Pictured from left: Doug Jones, chair of the Columbia College Department of Audio Arts and Brett Johnson, chief engineer and systems designer
Columbia College’s Department of Arts and Acoustics takes an educational, rather than technical, approach in their program, but still cites top-notch equipment from API, Midas, Neve, Martin, Lexicon, Digidesign Pro Tools and ATC—all housed in the school’s four control rooms—as essential teaching tools.
The facility’s most recent addition is ATC monitor packages for the complex’s four main studios. Studio D equipment includes a 5.1 surround sound far-field monitoring system comprised of SCM20ASL Pro two-way active monitors; Studio C utilizes a pair of SCM50ASL Pro three-way active monitors. And Studios A and B each include a pair of SCM50ASLs. In addition, four smaller studios are also outfitted with stereo pairs of ATC SMC10ASL Pro two-way near field monitors.
All AA&A majors take required general studies courses in math and science dealing with the physiology of hearing and psycho-acoustics, and electronics, in addition to departmental core courses.
The acoustics concentration covers architectural acoustics, environmental noise impact, and mechanical vibration studies.