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I am looking at a few schools and they booth offer different studio environments but if you had the choice between working on these two groups of boards which would you choose and why?

Group 1
SSL 5000
Digidesign ICON
Neve V3
Mackie DXB
Mackie A8b

Group 2
Neve VR80
Neve VR36
Digi Designs 5.1 Controller( I forgot what its called but it looks like the Soundtracs DS-00)

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atlasproaudio Thu, 04/27/2006 - 22:04

A console is a console is a console. When you learn what you need to you can work on anything. I think there would be many other deciding factors that play into your decision. Try asking people who have gone to the schools for their feedback on the teachers and hands on time they got in the studio. Also think about what comes after you know how many people go to recording school and never do anything with it, that's a real bummer.

anonymous Thu, 04/27/2006 - 22:12

I am evaluating both schools as far as class sizes, instructors, equipment, career center and job placement, studio time available, I was just wondering what people had to say as far as the consols are concerned. I went to the open house for LA Recording School and 80% of the students graduate and 70% of them work in the industry. I am still looking at SAE's stats but they have been in the teaching buisness almost 40 years which is twice as long as LARS. I will be going to the open house at SAE on the 6th of May. I have spoken to 2 alumni of LARS but I haven't met any alumni from SAE. So far LARS sounds good but SAE offers Certified classes in; PRO Tools, Neve and SSL. Where LARS offers PRO Tools Certification. I just want to get my hands dirty so to speak. So any advice between the two is really appreciated. Thanks again.

JoeH Thu, 04/27/2006 - 23:23

I may be wrong on this, but "Pro Tools Certification" comes from Digidesign. It's an online test, as far as I know. My suspicion is that it is not dependent on any one particular school or curriculum.

I agree with Stickers; do it the old-fashioned way. Get out there, jump in, and get going, no matter where you enroll.

anonymous Thu, 04/27/2006 - 23:49

Pro Tools Cert. is an online test. However, the school offers pro tools certified classes and after the classes you take the online test for $15. I agree that I need to get into a studio and learn that way as well. I am looking at getting a job as a runner or what ever it may be to get a foot in the studio and also take classes at one of the schools to get my certificate. I allready have my BA in Music Buisness and my AS in Multimedia Arts and Technology focus in Music. I would like my certificate in Recording arts and start creating a strong portfolio to apply to Colorado Universities masters program. So I can study Pedagogy and Audio Forensics. But does anyone know anything about SAE or LA Recordin School? Which would you pick and why?Thanks.

MeLuvsLafs Sun, 05/28/2006 - 21:04

I don't know about either of the schools. All I know is that SAE gets as many good reviews as bad reviews. And that SAE classes quality may differ quite a bit from town to town.

Based on the equipment listing, well...

How likely are you going to work on an SL5000 in the future? Those odds are close to zilch. 4ks and 9ks on the other hand are plenty. And a 5k hands-on experience doesn't help a tad with driving 4,6,8 and 9Ks.

Looking at the Neves, a V3 has no Recall. Apart from that, it's same all same all.

AWS900: attractive, but it can be mastered from a manual and 2 days in a studio. SL9k experience helps as well - even though only a little. At least you'll be familiar with the sound. Also, what salary are you likely to expect in a studio based on an AWS.

Pro-Tools: nothing that can't be self-thought with even an own LE set-up. Certification test can be passed outside SAE, as mentioned above.

I have no idea about tuition fees, and other issues such as distance, hours, etc... But based on the equipment list equipment alone, and if a school is indeed something you want to join, I'd say the choice is clear.

anonymous Sun, 07/16/2006 - 05:19

i'm an SAE student out in the Byron Bay campus. Before I decided on SAE my biggest concern was once again the whole just as many good as bad reviews. The thing with that is, since i've been here its been pretty apparent that the people who have good reviews are now just too busy to convey them.

Although i'm in a completly differant country i think the theory behind why i'm a fan of SAE is the same. I applied to do some work exp. down in Metropolis Audio studios in Melb at the end of January, I did a week down there and it was completly awesome. I actually got hands on and did studio work along with all the expected tea making. From that, i then went and worked at the Sydney Opera House..

re: certifications, yea you could grab an MBox and sit there and learn it but then again if it was that easy to get good and fast and learn all the tips and tricks of the trade then how come places like LARS & SAE exist? I knew my way round tools before i came here but i didn't realise the potential of audio engineering until i was pushed in the right direction. Chances of buying an SSL for your back room aren't too high either :)

There is alot of sour opinion of SAE but it can only be expected.. LARS has 1 campus, SAE has 46... thats 46x the ammount of people who, if unsatisfied, could kick up a fuss; and lets be honest, someone who isn't happy about something is heard alot more than someone who is!

Anyway, let me know if you want to talk SAE in more detail. Everyone has their own personal opinions but personally i'm a fan. 46 locations and 30 years training.. I'm sure i'm not the only fan!

nic :P :P