Alchemea, one of the worlds leading creative media training colleges, has made a major investment in a new Solid State Logic Duality SE music console, with finance provided by Fineline Media Finance.
Alchemea specialises in full-time and short audio engineering, music production, live sound and video courses, working closely with the creative industries to develop intensive high quality, hands-on training and education programmes.
Eighteen months ago Alchemeas technical team started researching a replacement for its Euphonix Cs3000 desk a workhorse that had proved extremely reliable over 15 years, but was gradually starting to show its age, was no longer satisfactorily supported and increasingly losing its relevance in todays market.
Neil Pickles, Director, Alchemea, explains, We needed a fully featured large format analogue console with 24 channels, and we had a fairly long list of other feature requirements including full processing on all channels, surround and advanced automation with full DAW control.
In addition we wanted a console from a company we could trust to provide support for the next 15 years going forward, and a brand that was relevant to todays market so that we are training students on equipment they will encounter in the real world.
The only console that could satisfactorily answer all of our myriad requirements was the Solid State Logic Duality SE. When you really dig into it its quite a unique console, Pickles continues. The SSL Duality SE console will form the centrepiece of Alchemeas Studio Sound diploma, a intensive nine month program with heavy emphasis on practical use of all of the equipment.
Due to its course structure, Alchemea believes that its students will get more practical, hands-on time on this console than at other training providers.
Fineline Media Finance had provided the original finance package for Alchemeas purchase of its Euphonix desk 15 years before, and the college once again approached Fineline for its new purchase.
Sam Baker understood the market and what we were buying, and was able to come up with a finance package that delivered exactly what we needed, says Pickles. We also had confidence in Fineline from our past dealings and, when the time came to do the deal, Sam was able to turn it around rapidly and hit our very tight deadline.
In short, excellent service and a product tailored to us sealed the deal.