The Genesys Black G32 console was installed five years ago in the Department of Film and Media Studies at the University of Kansas, but now a more powerful desktop has been included with the installation of two 8-channel Neve dynamic cards.
This desktop has created a much easier workflow for students and is giving them a high-quality analog capture with all the benefits of digital technology.
John McCluskey, Director of Operations for the University’s Film & Media Studies Department, says: “The Genesys Black is such an incredibly well thought out piece of equipment and we are even more pleased with it, now we have added the new cards. The compressors sound and feel like they should and even the gates sound phenomenal. Having 88RS style EQ’s and 16 channels of 1073 mic pres at your disposal makes every recording and mixing session an absolute dream to work on.”
The Film & Media Studies department runs one audio-related course, Sound Design 477, that focuses on teaching students how to create, record and mix sound for film. Practical teaching takes place on location and in the main recording studio. There are also several smaller sound mixing and editing suites that student use to complete their course work.
“Our studio was designed to be a functional classroom and control room with enough space and seating to accommodate 20 students, as well as a large live room with enough space to record whatever type of material is needed,” John McCluskey says. Moreover, he adds that “It opened in 2017 when the Film Department moved to our Lawrence campus. Previously, the Department was housed off campus in what used to be Centron Studios, a film studio built in the early 1950’s for the Centron Corperation.”
As the manager of facilities and operations for the Department – and the person responsible for all equipment purchases, system designs and installation - John McCluskey wanted to recreate the production spaces that had been available at Centron, while also ensuring that the new facility delivered functional instructional spaces as well.
“We were relocating to Summerfield Hall, an older building on the Lawrence campus where we faced some space issues,” he explains. For that reason, “The Neve Genesys Black fitted well into our design for the recording studio in terms of space, cost, as well as function and quality of build and components. The connectivity and routing options were also major factors in choosing the Genesys Black G32. Alongside the console we also installed a Pro Tools HDX system and a wide range of high-end microphones.”
Neve consoles play an important role in many of the world’s top film scoring and music facilities, therefore it made sense for a university offering a course in sound design for film to consider Neve as a first option.