Blaise Pascal University and Studios 160 = an exemplary partnership!
Blaise Pascal University -UBP- in Clermont-Ferrand France (63) and Studios 160 signed a partnership that led to the opening of a state of the art recording studio in the physics department of the “UFR sciences and technologies”. Over 1.2 M€ were invested in order to bring the project to life.
The studio holds an 850ft² tracking room, a smaller 160ft² booth well suited to record vocals and solo instruments and a large 5.1 control room hosting a 48 channel SSL Duality along with a vast selection of outboard gear and microphones. Partially funded by the region and local platforms (1), the University built the facility whereas Studios 160 equipped it with high end recording gear.
Initiator and co-founder of the engineering program with UBP, Thierry Migeotte, also founder of Blue Turtle Productions in Los Angeles, is a professional sound engineer who worked with famous artists worldwide. Steve McHeever calls him “an engineering and mixing savant” in 2009 while commenting the making of “Jill Scott Live In Paris”. In April 2009, Thierry appears “Presidential” in the Music Connection magazine as he had just mixed and mastered « Yes We Can » and « Change Is Now » for Barack Obama (2). He also worked with artists such as Patti Labelle and Stevie Wonder.
His expertise in sound engineering brought him back to Europe in Clermont-ferrand (63) where he will once again engineer and share his experience. He is expecting to work again soon with renown national and international artists at Studios 160, a very high end recording facility. He will also work as an instructor in the engineering Master’s program habilitated by the French Ministry of Education at Blaise Pascal University.
Sound engineering courses and professional recording, a perfect match!
Through a contractual agreement, the recording studio will be used as a learning platform for students enrolled in Blaise Pascal’s sound engineering master’s program as well as a private professional recording facility where, Thierry Migeotte, manager of Studios 160, will bring artists, engineers and producers.
The two to six semester Master’s program will deliver two diplomas. After completion of the first two semesters (prior to enrolling the four semester master’s program) students will be given a Bachelor’s degree in sound editing habilitated by the French Ministry Of Education. After completion of the following 4 semesters graduating students will be given a Master’s degree in sound engineering also habilitated by the French Ministry Of Education. “This program is unique” says Candace Stewart, East West Studio manager and technical advisor for 5 universities specializing in sound engineering programs in the United States. The state of the art recording facility, the high profile of the professional staff and the possibility for students to observe professional recording sessions amongst other features make this program very unique (2).
All courses will be taught in English whether they are theoretical courses taught by teachers from the physics department of the UBP or training courses taught by the regional, national and international professional staff. Professionals such as Ryan Hewitt, John Paterno, Mike Clink, Carmen Rizzo… and Al Schmitt who won 21 Grammies throughout his career (holding the record of Grammies won in one night in 2004 with 5 Grammies for « Genius Loves Company » by Ray Charles) will be at the rendezvous.
Courses will cover every aspects of the recording business from sound recording, editing, mixing in stereo and surround, mastering, post production, sound design, special effects and dubbing to music production for television, movies and video games. Students will attend intensive courses in physics and electronics. After completion of those courses, they will be capable of installing, maintaining and repairing audio equipment.
No doubt that Clermont-Ferrand, with its 35,000 students (5,000 international students) crowned «French Rock City » in 2009 is eager to welcome the next generation of sound engineers through the physics department at Blaise Pascal University. Open to students worldwide, the program will start in September 2012.
(1) Conseil Régional d’Auvergne - Clermont Communauté
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