Posts Tagged ‘Audio bachelor degree’

New Digital Audio Studio Enhances Learning Experience

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

Cogswell College recently unveiled the latest upgrade to its arsenal of quality teaching/production resources – audio recording Studio C. This is the latest in a series of recent upgrades to our recording studios and we are sure it will not be the last as our Digital Audio Technology (DAT) degree program continues to grow. Since the fall term of 2010, enrollment in the program has grown 81 percent.

The DAT program strives to give students the opportunity to master a variety of different hardware and software systems widely used in the audio recording industry as well as support the broad set of passions our diverse students bring. The new studio features a 24 channel digital mixing console, 18 channels of computer IO and a brand new Mac Pro. Studio C’s location next to the campus event center, known as the Dragon’s Den, provides our DAT students the chance to record both live performances by orchestras or bands in the large Dragon’s Den as well as capture “dry” vocals, SFX or voiceovers through the adjacent voiceover booth.

The studio is highly configurable giving the students the capacity to run events, edit, mix, record and/or listen to recorded material using all or part of the installed digital audio workstation or by patching in the student’s personal system. Access, practice and the ability to collaborate with other talented and innovative students are big differentiators in gaining the necessary skills to follow this career path.

“We expect this upgraded studio to facilitate the creation of many new student audio projects,” said Timothy Duncan, Director of the DAT program. “Its strategic balance of access and privacy should be a boon to student creativity.”

If you are on campus, we encourage you to learn more about what our audio studios offer.

Cogswell College Presence at AES 2012 San Francisco Goes Beyond the Booth

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

This year’s Audio Engineering Society (AES) Conference, held at San Francisco’s Moscone Center, was graced by a lively Cogswell DAT booth and behind-the-scenes activity that began long before this year’s event. The AES conferences are the largest gathering of audio professionals in the world, held each year in the US and Europe.

The Cogswell booth demonstrated how sound effects and scoring enhanced the animated student film, “Worlds Apart,”  featured our Genre Electronica class tracks on  an iTunes playlist and an electric guitar in the busy show aisle with a student-built guitar amplifier. Students and conference attendees were happy to sit for a few moments and show their chops on the amplified instrument.

Beyond the booth, Cogswell DAT professor, Timothy Duncan; Systems Administrator, Evan Peebles and alumnus, Michael McConnell have all served as Volunteer Co-Chairs. Professor Duncan and Peebles in 2008, Peebles and McConnell in 2010 and this year’s 2012 event. Additionally, McConnell was the 2012 Facilities Chair for AES. What does a Volunteer Co-Chair do?

As Volunteers Co-Chairs, Peebles and McConnell worked with the Convention Committee to help plan for the convention. This involved finding, organizing, overseeing and deploying volunteers with the goal of making a convention with tens of thousands of attendees going to hundreds of events run smoothly.  This year they sought out and received nominations from nearly 30 college advisors from around the world in order to find 160 of the best volunteers.

Volunteers give up a day to help the convention in trade for a full program badge. Recognizable in bright orange tee-shirts, Cogswell College had over 18 students volunteering at this year’s convention.

By offering this chance to students, AES helps introduce those starting out in the industry to the benefits of professional organizations. This opportunity allows them to play an important role, giving them the chance to not only meet, but work with some of the heads of the audio industry. This also gives students who couldn’t otherwise afford the full program pass, the option of accessing the educational sessions.