Cumberland College Installs Two Solid State Logic AWS 900+ SE Consoles
“We offer beginner courses for a certificate in Sound Production and degree courses in Commercial Sound Production covering every aspect of professional audio from music recording and post production to radio and game audio,” says Ronnie Gilmour, curriculum manager for creative industries at Cumbernauld College. “We teach our students how to use an audio console, not how to operate a particular brand. We felt that the AWS offered a nice balance between a quality analogue signal path that is universally intuitive and a strong implementation of DAW control. The SSL Pro ToolsÒ integration was much better than the competition and, happily, the console package was slightly less expensive, so the AWS became the obvious choice on many levels.”
The studio complex consists of three control rooms servicing two studios. The main studio can accommodate a small orchestra or ensemble while the smaller room can comfortably hold a six-piece rock band. This configuration allows for scheduling efficiency while the two AWS consoles provide uniformity for teaching students on all levels.
“The studios are designed to be as flexible as possible, so while they’re primarily for music recording, we have plasma screens up and can do scoring and post production with the two consoles as well,” states Gilmour. “The SSL sound is so pure that it really applies to anything we teach, so our outboard gear has become the go-to item for a particular coloration. The AWS consoles allow us to accurately craft sound and the students really appreciate the difference. Using the AWS was a sonic epiphany for returning students who were using our previous setup.”
In this time of budget restrictions, schools and professional studios look for value added items to attract new students and clients. The SSL brand has opened up some new horizons for Cumbernauld College that positively affect its bottom line.
“Calum McLean, a local producer/engineer, helped us with our acoustic design and was very interested in the AWS consoles,” Gilmour continues. “He works with the popular Scottish band Peatbog Faeries and he was so blown away by the sound of the SSL consoles, he is encouraging the band to come in and record its next project in our studio. Obviously, our major business is education, but from a commercial perspective, the college is now going to see some financial return as well. Having the SSL name will undoubtedly help in our ability to attract commercial clients, with the added benefit of including our students in on the creative process. With SSL, everyone wins.”Cumbernauld College Solid State Logig