Audio Department Gets State-of-the-Art Upgrades – Phase 2

Studio B in 2005 as a tracking/mixing set-up

Studio B in 2005 as a tracking/mixing set-up

In Cogswell’s quest to offer state-of-the-art technology, it was clear that having a specialized in-the-box post-production studio designed to allow for both stereo and surround reproduction and editing at and above the current highest quality standards was a must.

Since much of the current audio content created is produced entirely in software or drawn from digital samples, many audio professionals work in very specialized in-the-box (computer-based) home studios. Long used in films, surround sound has now become the overwhelming standard in video games, television and music projects and finds its way into the professional venue as well as the average home. It is vital for people wanting to compete in this industry to be proficient with this set up.

The process began in the summer of 2008. The completion of Phase 1 was showcased in December as Cogswell unveiled its remodeled Audio Control Room A with a grand re-opening. Phase 1 marked the completion of alumnus Evan Peebles’ (class of 2007) senior project.

Dr. Timothy Duncan kicked off the festivities by recognizing the support the College has given the program, under the leadership of President, Chet Haskell, by providing funding for the project. He also expressed appreciation to Peebles for the time and effort he put into developing the acoustic design and then implementing it. 

Phase two – the conversion of Control Room B into a 5.1 surround sound, post-production/mastering studio – is currently underway and should wrap up in early August 2009.

The Studio Improvement Project was set in motion to diversify, update and enhance each of the college’s three primary audio studios. This is part of an ongoing effort to expand and improve the capabilities of the facilities. The third stage will be the acoustic treatment and reconfiguration of Control Room C planned for later this summer.

How Studio B is changing:
Control Room B has historically been a stereo tracking/mixing studio that acted as either a companion or secondary control room to Control Room A. The conversion of Control Room B was conceived as part of the college’s focus on replicating the real world environment of the industry today as well as to further diversify our facilities.

The conversion of Control Room B to Studio B will consist of three parts. Construction and application of acoustic treatment, the removal of the recording equipment and peripherals and configuring the speakers and workstation to the 5.1 surround sound specification. Because this new design is free to focus centrically on playback quality without concessions it also makes the room ideal for synthesis and mastering.

Stay tuned for the date of the grand re-opening for Phase 2!
Learn more about Cogswell’s Digital Audio degree program.

-Bonnie Phelps, Dean of Institutional Advancement

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