Vintage King Audio has been tasked with updating the studio facilities at SAE Institute colleges across the US.
Vintage King (VK) was recently asked to carry out a large-scale upgrade of the Institute's recording studios, with standardised 8-Bus configurations.
"We're working on a number of projects with SAE, but the main one is getting the 8-Bus rooms together at SAE's Miami, Nashville, and San Francisco schools," commented Jeff Leibovich, sales consultant at Vintage King. "Ultimately, we're aiming to equip SAE's campuses in a similar fashion, which will ensure that all of SAE's audio engineering students have access to the same kind of professional studio set-ups that they'll encounter when they graduate and start working. This technical uniformity will also create consistency in training, and allow students to transfer between campuses seamlessly."
"Working with Vintage King has been great," added Bill Smith, SAE's national academic director. "Because VK has such a broad reach in the industry, it ensures that the equipment we're buying is truly reflective of what's used professionally. It makes the learning experience so much better when the students get a taste of true quality in a real working environment."
VK has worked with SAE many times in the past, and was involved in the building of SAE's Chicago school from the very beginning. It also provided the Chicago campus with a Toft ATB 32 console and various outboard gear, including Daking 500 Series EQs and mic pres, Purple Action Compressor, SSL 611 Dynamics, and Phoenix Audio DRS-EQ500.
A similar package was supplied to the Nashville college, with San Francisco due the same upgrade as well. SAE's Nashville, Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Miami campuses were given new Genelec M040 and M030 monitors, while both Nashville and Miami have received new outboard gear for their SSL rooms, as well as a range of new microphones from Neumann, Royer, Sennheiser, AKG, and others.
"The best part of working with SAE in Chicago was that I got to see the space go from a shell to the professional facility that it is today," Leibovich said. "What's impressive about SAE is that they're not just teaching the science of audio to their students, they're also teaching them the skills that they'll need to become working engineers, producers, and entrepreneurs in today's music and entertainment business."
Picture (from left): Leibovich and Smith.
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