The Medusa Recording Institute, Youngstown, Ohio, opens its new recording school in January. Designed and set up to be a world-class recording studio, Medusa is officially registered by the Ohio State Board of Career Colleges and Schools, and its six full time staff are ready to educate the audio professionals of the future. “The major focus of Medusa Recording Institute is to cut to the chase and bring hands on experience, through an accelerated program designed to turn out the best audio engineers in the field. We can do this in months, not years,” promises founder Will Ferraro.
No stranger to studio design, Ferraro has designed and built three studios over the last eight years, and wanted Medusa to be his last – and greatest work, this time with the added benefit of “...having one of the best audio recording schools around.”
Situated in 16,000 square feet of mansion building, Medusa comprises four control rooms which were designed, “…first and foremost to be able to produce world-class recordings. What sets it apart is the integration of the recording arts program,” explains Ferraro. “The rooms were designed to be classroom friendly for instruction, and to enable real life experience to train audio engineers and those seeking skills needed to enter the music industry.“
An Audient ASP8024 mixing console is the centrepiece at the brand new Recording Institute which opens its doors to students in January 2014.
“I was searching for a maintenance free, sonically clean, analogue recording console,” says Ferraro when asked about the technology. “The Audient is a perfect fit for Medusa,” he says, clearly very pleased with the desk. “The layout is simple and it is the perfect console to teach signal flow to entry-level audio engineers. It handles anything we throw at it with ease. The mic pre amps are clean and transparent with plenty of headroom, the EQ section is very sweet, and the two bus compression is awesome.“
The console is interfaced with an Endless Analog CLASP system. The studio recorder of choice is a vintage Studer 24-track 2” tape machine. The digital audio workstation of choice is a ProTools HDX system, with a full complement of plug-ins running ProTools eleven software.
Students work their way through each of the four studios towards completing the six-week accelerated audio recording program. Starting with the ‘Jam Room’ they learn about the basics of signal flow, then continue to tracking and editing in ‘Studio Down’, via the self explanatory ‘Mastering Room’ and finally when they’re ready: ‘Studio Proper’ where the 36 channel Audient ASP8024 with Dual Layer Control and patchbay resides.
On December 28th Medusa will be having an open house to introduce the local community, news/radio outlets, and potential students to the facilities. Registration and information at medusa-school.com/open-house.html