New Classrooms 2009

Nov 1, 2009 12:00 PM, By Barbara Schultz

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There's an art to creating a space that serves the dual purpose of professional-level studio and classroom. Pictured here are a selection of new and redesigned studios within colleges and universities — studios that give tomorrow's engineers the opportunity to get their hands on pro-level gear and learn the tricks of the trade.

For a full list of schools, visit mixguides.com/education.

Southwestern College

Southwestern College (Chula Vista, Calif.)

Carl Yanchar of Carl Yanchar Design developed the main studio for the Center for Recording Arts & Technology at Southwestern College (www.swccd.edu). The control room (pictured) is equipped with an SSL Duality console and full-range YDCG stereo monitors, as well as a JBL LSP 4338P 5.1 surround system. Tielines to the adjacent 1,590-square-foot rehearsal space allow recording of up to 55 musicians. The 1,175-square-foot tracking room is treated with maple hardwood and fabric panels, and can be subdivided with sliding glass doors to create two separate isolation rooms.

Musicians Institute

Musicians Institute (Los Angeles)

Kaufman & Associates Architecture & Acoustical Design converted an unused hallway and storage room into the Musicians Institute's (www.mi.edu) new THX-certified dubbing theater. The 800-square-foot room is equipped with a 48-channel Digidesign ICON D-Control, Pro Tools HD6, JBL 3632 and 4645 monitoring, Stewart Microperf X2 screen, a Panasonic PT-AE2000 1080P projector and Dolby Lake processing. This theater supports the school's new Post-Production Audio program, which offers small classes and workshops focused on applied hands-on learning.

Art Institute Studios

The Art Institute's (www.artinstitutes.edu) system of more than 40 North American schools provides courses in design, media arts, fashion and culinary arts. A push to expand and upgrade its audio production facilities resulted in the opening of several new studios during the past year.

Art Institute Washington DC

Washington, D.C.

Jack Chester, director of facilities for The Art Institute of Washington, D.C., contacted the Walters-Storyk Design Group to redesign the college's existing 1,200-square-foot complex. Included are a 500-square-foot live studio, a 350-square-foot control room, a 135-square-foot multipurpose Sound Lock, 100-square-foot iso booth and a 140-square-foot machine/storage room. The facility is used for students' music projects. Featured equipment includes an SSL AWS 900 console, Genelec 1038 main monitors and Dynaudio AIR 15 surrounds. WSDG also designed an SSL Duality-centered facility for the Art Institute's Austin, Texas, campus this year.

LA Art Institute

Los Angeles

The Art Institute of L.A.'s new studio was designed by Peter Grueneisen of nonzero\architecture's studio bau:ton. Situated in the middle of a busy campus building, the facility's tracking/mixing studio includes a control room and tracking room with an extended rear area for student seating and class participation. A machine closet separates noisy equipment racks from the mix room. Red cotton panels provide sound absorption and, with the black wood trim, pick up the school's colors. This studio is used for tracking, mixing, post-production, animation and game-cinematics projects. Featured equipment includes an SSL C200 console, Pro Tools HD3 and JBL LSR4300 5.1 monitors.






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