Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW) hosted the klingt gut! Symposium on Sound at its new Arts and Media Campus where the prize for the Student Award was an iD14 USB audio interface from British manufacturer, Audient. Proud to be listed as partner to the symposium at the University, especially as the concept of ‘sounding good’ is exactly what it stands for – Audient donated the iD14 to give away as a prize along with a stack of merchandise, including T-shirts and bags.
“We knew it had to be an analogue desk, as we wanted the educational «hands on» experience»
Thomas Goerne, HAW Studio Facility manager/Music Production lecturer and his team are already very much at home with Audient, as the rudiments of audio engineering are taught using Audient’s flagship analogue mixing console, ASP8024. Goerne explained his original decision to go for Audient: “We knew it had to be an analogue desk, as we wanted the educational «hands on» experience, so students could learn the classic inline mixing approach in combination with the use of classic outboard equipment.
“Audient wasn’t originally on my radar, but I was really pleased with its value for money, as I could spend the budget surplus on a nice stack of analogue outboard gear,” he laughs. “Students just love to work with the desk and the main control room is always their favourite choice.”
«I was really pleased with its value for money, as I could spend the budget surplus on a nice stack of analogue outboard gear”
Steve Baltes, product manager at Audient’s German distributor, Sonic Sales tells us, “When they moved into their brand new location at the Arts and Media Campus, the Dept of Media Technology got the opportunity to build their dream studio from scratch. So when the klingt gut! event came around this year, we decided it was about time to pay them a visit.
“What we found was a very impressive recording room surrounded by no less than five control rooms. The centrepiece of the main control room is a 36 channel ASP8024 surrounded by a wide selection of high-end analogue output gear and their most recent addition, an analogue multi-track tape machine.”
The winner of iD14, the compact, bus-powered audio interface which boasts two channels of Audient’s classic console mic pres, was Juan Carlos Vásquez of Aalto University Helsinki / Department of Media, in the category of ‘Excellence in Art, Design, and the Production of Sound’ with his electroacoustic work ‘Albéniz Collage’.
Visitors to klingt gut! who didn’t win any Audient goodies, still enjoyed a packed program of lectures from international artists and scientists, hands-on workshops and interactive panel discussions – even the opportunity to build their own synth. A number of sound installations and performances were also running over the three-day event, ensuring participants were thoroughly immersed in sound design, sound art, 3D-audio and electro-acoustic music at all times.
“It was a great success! There were over 200 participants and many international visitors including guests from the US, Canada, Russia, Poland, UK, France, Spain and more,” said Goerne.
Audient is already looking forward to the next one in 2017.