Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania is the latest establishment to boost its reputation as a top music school with the recent acquisition of an API 1608 console.
The 1608 is being used to expand students’ understanding of full signal path routing upon which most digital plug-in representations are based.
According to associate professor of music Dr. Todd Campbell, the integration of the new console compliments the University's already extensive collection of API equipment. Campbell explained that greater access to traditional analogue gear helps students lessen their reliance on audio editing software, and instead encourages them to record and mix audio by developing and using their listening skills.
“With the addition of the 1608, students have an opportunity to learn analogue theory on an amazing piece of hardware,” said Campbell. The 1608 is used primarily for upper-level audio recording classes, "particularly as related to analogue signal flow and console automation. It has surpassed our expectations, and it's an amazing and aggressive desk, suitable for a huge variety of applications,” Campbell added.
“Sonics are particularly impressive, and the automation is intuitive and powerful. This assists students in starting and finishing projects of a calibre they could not have otherwise tackled, as the school previously relied heavily on in-the-box, digital solutions rather than hands-on analogue hardware. The 1608 makes it easier to bring mixes forward, and to achieve punch and presence without relying on plugins."
Dr. Campbell purchased the school's 1608 through Jeff Green at Sweetwater.