The Blackbird Academy Integrates Roland’s Personal Mixing System


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NASHVILLE, TENN.— The Blackbird Academy, a studio and live sound engineering school, has recently installed and integrated the Roland M-48 Personal Mixing System into their program. The academy’s “hands-on” approach to curriculum provide students access to Blackbird Studio gear and engineers.

"At The Blackbird Academy, our prime emphasis is teaching the students to provide the client with high-quality sound and service throughout the production process,” said co-director and instructor Kevin Becka. "The compact, M-48 mixers punch this ticket by being easy to use, having a full set of features like EQ, reverb, panning and level controls, plus they sound great. I have experience with this system in a live sound setting and am amazed at how well it fits into our tracking and overdub sessions at The Blackbird Academy."

The M-48 mixers are used daily in Studio I, which is built around a Beatles theme, and like Abbey Road, the control room for Studio I is on the second floor. When they built the room, it was going to be a daunting task to drag copper downstairs to all the live room panels. Becka was happy that the Roland M-48 system worked with their existing Cat-5 runs. The M-48’s personal mixers have proven to be easy for the students to grasp and get up and running quickly. With the bankable channels and multi-function encoders, its effortless for student/engineers to show the musicians how to jump between the functions and concentrate on getting themselves a great mix. The three-band EQ and reverb parameters are simple but sound great and are very usable.

Roland Systems Group, a division of Roland Corporation U.S., supplies the commercial and performance audio/video industries with application specific equipment from Roland professional audio and video product lines.



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