Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School in Nashville Adds Harman Professional Equipment

Jan 2, 2014 2:34 PM

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Pearl-Cohn's control room

Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School in Nashville offers an opportunity to students who are interested in pursuing careers in the entertainment industry, offering concentrations in audio engineering, radio production, broadcasting and other media industries. Fulfilling a key initiative of the project, in late 2012 Pearl Cohn partnered with the Nashville Chapter of the Recording Academy's Producers and Engineers (P&E) Wing to build a fully functioning, world-class recording studio, creating the opportunity for students to learn music production skills in a professional, hands-on environment.

The new studio is equipped with Harman Professional’s newest JBL studio monitors, AKG headphones and microphones, Lexicon effects and Crown amplifiers.

The commissioning of the studio at Pearl-Cohn marks the first installation of the JBL M2 Master Reference Monitors powered by two Crown iTech 5000 HD power amplifiers. The M2, JBL’s flagship main monitor system, leverages seven patented technologies, JBL’s next generation transducers and its new Image Control Waveguide to deliver exceptional imaging, frequency response and high output to very broad space in the control room.

The control room also includes a 5.1 JBL LSR6300 system, while edit rooms are equipped with JBL LSR4300 studio monitor systems. AKG microphones and headphones include K271MKII and K240MKII headphones, D12 VR drum microphone, C214s, a C414 matched stereo set and three C451B condensers. Lexicon’s PCM96 Parallel Stereo and Surround Sound Reverb/effect processor was installed. Pearl-Cohn also installed three complete Lexicon plug-in packages.

The transformation of Pearl Cohn into an entertainment magnet high school was the personal project of Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, and Music Makes Us, a music education advocacy group, working to create a world-class learning environment for entertainment arts in Nashville.

Renowned studio designer Steven Durr donated his time to develop the plans and oversee construction of the fully equipped studio. Producer/engineers Jeff Balding and Chuck Ainlay, as well as Ben Fowler, Julian King, Nick Palladino, Terry Palmer, Matt Schlachter, Jon Randall Stewart, Durr and other members of the Nashville music community served as a subcommittee to help put the facility together.

“Music education is so important to the Recording Academy, so when we were approached with the idea of Pearl-Cohn’s studio, we were proud to help in the development, contacting key associates in the music world to construct the first-of-its-kind high school facility,” says Susan Stewart, South Regional Director, The Recording Academy. “The studio became a reality with the help of the generous manufacturers and the community, who bonded together to provide students the hands-on environment they deserve to excel in the music industry.”






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