The University of Massachusetts Lowell’s Sound Recording Technology program installed state-of-the-art SLS loudspeakers in the Department of Music’s newly refurbished recording studio, which debuted in October 2006. Maximizing its existing 300-square-foot control room, the University rebuilt the facility to convert it into a new and improved multitrack control room that is now outfitted with a SLS PS8R-V speaker system.
Sound Recording Technology program coordinator William Molyan states that sound quality is a “must have” for critical listening and audio education. “It is extremely important that our studios are equipped with the best speaker systems available on the market in order for our students to be able to objectively analyze their mixes and recordings with the most precision, clarity and accuracy possible,” he says.
The new studio was designed by Alactronics Corporation of Wellesley, Mass. Alactronics president Bob Alach says that each room was strategically built to allow students the experience of listening to audio at an extremely high degree of resolution. “The loudspeakers’ role in these rooms is to convert audio signals from the electrical domain to acoustical,” Alach says. “This task is performed with far more accuracy and resolution through the SLS system, providing students with the capability of hearing the effects of their production with much greater clarity.
“Speaker quality is important to recording in the same way as a good camera lens is important for visual accuracy,” Alach continues. “Through the newly installed SLS speakers, these students are able to hear sounds that they would ordinarily be unable to hear through any other speaker. As a result, their end products and performances are better sounding and translate better to other systems.
“For nearly six years, we have been using SLS exclusively for all of our designs,” Alach adds. “Their ribbon speakers, cabinet designs and overall commitment to accuracy and precision makes them superior in terms of quality and performance. And now their new amplifier technology is redefining the state of the art for power amplification.”
For more information, visit www.slsloudspeakers.com, www.alactronics.com and www.uml.edu/College/arts_sciences/music/Programs_of_Study/Undergraduate_Music_Programs/Sound_Recording_Technology_Program/srt.html.