Allen & Heath consoles are timely choices for UK colleges21 November 2011
Sales company Clockwork Audio has supplied three educational institutes in the South West of England with Allen & Heath mixing consoles for installation in their teaching/entertainment facilities.
The first of the three projects revolved around DBs Music, which has opened a new music technology training centre in partnership with Cornwall College, selecting GS-R24M recording mixers for four production suites, as well as several ZED-10FX mixers. An addition to DBs’ existing Plymouth centre, the new facility offers a variety of new training programmes in Music Performance and Music Production, with plans to add university-level courses in the future. Four GS-R24 mixers have been installed into bespoke furniture, connected to 27” iMacs with Pro Tools and Logic, while several ZED-10FXs have been located in the custom-built live and performance rooms.
“When we looked at mixing solutions for our new studios in Cornwall there was really only one choice for us,” commented DBs’ development director, Mark Trewin. “The Allen & Heath GS-R24M mixers provide our learners with high quality functionality just as you would expect in a commercial recording facility. We love the pre-amps and the overall tonal warmth that these mixers provide – analogue meets digital beautifully and seamlessly combined with control surface functionality for Pro Tools and Logic. We can deliver traditional studio craft alongside cutting edge automation and control techniques, all from one unit, and the icing on the cake is our studios look awesome!”
Meanwhile, charitable organisation Hannah’s at Seale Hayne in Newton Abbot, Devon, has specified an iLive digital system for its new Yellow Room live music centre. The Hannah’s iLive system comprises an iLive-T112 control surface and iDR-48 MixRack with a KV2 speaker system, and manages an eclectic range of live shows and DJ events. All the profit resulting from the new venue will go disabled children’s charity Dame Hannah Rogers Trust.
Finally, University College Falmouth (UCF) in Cornwall hosts numerous Allen & Heath mixers in its performance and rehearsal studios, practice rooms, and analogue and digital recording studio complex, including a GL2800, a couple of MixWizards and several ZED compact USB mixers. In addition, an iLive system – pairing an iLive-T112 Control Surface and iDR-48 MixRack – has been installed in the University College’s Performance Centre.
Adam Loveday Edwards, senior technician at UCF – pictured here (right) with (L to R) Clockwork Audio Systems’ Nick Western and Steve Sweaney, and Allen & Heath’s Carey Davies – commented: “iLove iLive! Within hours of the iLive arriving I was using the T112 to teach on. The surface is very logical and the screen graphics are a great visual aid to teaching EQ and dynamics. Sonically, the desk is very smooth and A&H has done a fantastic job on the DCAs, Compressors and Gates.”