Bill Smith, Full Sail's Recording Arts Program Director, has been with the Florida based educational instition for 16 years. "We offer our students an immersive program that includes 1,578 hours of training, given over a one year period. We have 50 labs and studios that mirror just about any situation our students are likely to find themselves in after they graduate, from typical project studios all the way up to world class tracking facilities."
After auditioning all of the available software packages on the market, the school found Steinberg software best suited to their academic requirements. The labs are set up with individual work stations for each student, all running either Steinberg's Cubase SX3 or Nuendo 2. Each workstation is networked into a main server which houses all of the audio clips that the students work on.
"We knew that whatever digital audio sequencer we chose would be the first software that many of our students saw. Cubase SX 3 is straightforward and easy to get comfortable with on a basic level. Once you get comfortable with Cubase, and Nuendo for that matter, it's easy to keep going and dig into the deeper features, which are as complex and detailed as any software on the market."
A school the size of Full Sail would also need software that integrates well with other applications and hardware. "Cubase and Nuendo have performed flawlessly for us in this area," says Smith. "Our MIDI lab, for example, has hardware and software from just about every manufacturer in the marketplace, and we never have any problems getting Steinberg software to work with anything."
While software has become integral to the teaching methods at Full Sail, Smith points out that integration is key. "I wouldn't want to give the impression that we're totally a soft installation, though. We've got equipment from major manufacturers like Yamaha all over our facility, including Motif keyboards, a number of Yamaha drum kits, and several SPX 2000 reverb units."
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