Tuesday, February 21, 2012

F.I.R.S.T Gets New Audio Engineering and Music Production Equipment!

Coming back from the holidays, the Recording Arts program students received a very delightful gift: “Studio A” classroom was revamped and technology was upgraded! The master behind the plan was Donny Smith, Director of the Florida Institute of Recording, Sound, and Technology (F.I.R.S.T. School)

“We really felt that since Pro Tools had launched a new version of the software we teach on, it would be a good time to completely build a control room centered around this software.”
Feeling they needed a good couple of weeks to get this done, the school Directors chose to work on this daunting task during the long Christmas break. First, the task was to expand on the size of the room, so a general contractor was hired to tackle the project, and they built a 20 x 15 control room, complete with an added feature of recessed lighting. 

The contractors also added a 12 input snake from live room to control room; a 6 x 10 isolation booth with 8 input snake from isolation booth to control room; hard-wood flooring, glass doors, and double-layered drywall with an acoustic sound-proofing mat in-between. 

Mounted on the wall are now 28 ATS acoustic baffles and bass traps and a 42 inch LCD TV!
Donny Smith not only re-modeled the studio - but gave the audio class brand-new gear: 8 core Mac Pros; TI Audio Vp1 Mic Pre; Lexcon PCM 80; Event Tr5 monitor speakers; JBL LSR28P monitor speakers; a JBL LsrP 15 inch subwoofer; and a Pro Tool 10 HD system. That’s a whole lot of gifts!

The audio students can now be seen in the new “Studio A” classroom, complete with 12 new computer workstations equipped with Pro Tools 10 and Logic Studio. With smiles on their faces doing what they love to do best - Donny Smith stands in the back ground with a sense of pride and accomplishment surrounding him like a proud father, as he watches his students fill themselves with knowledge knowing they have the best technology they can get their hands on and states, “I had a great time trying to design a space for students that would be fun and inspirational to learn in. I think we achieved that with new addition of the room here at the F.I.R.S.T School.”

Great job, F.I.R.S.T. School! The big question now remains: When will the Film and Video Production students get their toys upgraded? "Next Christmas, perhaps", says Santa Smith.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Want to Work the Super Bowl?

The Super Bowl: an event that grabs the attention of pretty much all of America. 

The sidelines are covered with videographers trying to get the perfect shot. The commercials are the next best thing to watch besides the game itself. All these different media outlets that the game creates, brings thousands of jobs for the film industry... from production assistant work all the way to editing and camera operator.
“You don’t really think about the jobs being created by the Super Bowl. It’s much more than a game. It’s an opportunity.” says Callie Rasmussen of the F.I.R.S.T. School of Digital Media Film & Video Program. 

Beside the beer, junk food, and screaming people, the whole event creates jobs not only for videography and film - but also for food service, security, etc. The Super Bowl is a strong asset that gives people in the industry an outlet for their talents and a source that should be tapped into by graduates looking for a start in the industry!

Do you dream of working at the Super Bowl? Start learning today to prepare you tomorrow! Contact F.I.R.S.T. to begin your 8-month program!

Monday, February 6, 2012

What's Happening in Film Class?

Film/Video Production Class 113

Breaking into the New Year strong, Film Class 113 was all business. Gathering knowledge from their F.I.R.S.T. Instructor, David Lopez, they take the helm to produce a masterpiece of a music video. 

After going through several bands in their search, they finally rocked with an up-and-coming group called “Social Wealth”. An electronic indie rock band, they came into the studio with guns blaring, blasting a single called “Believer”. 

With the songs’ epic structure, students on the set broke into a sudden dance! The footage is currently being gathered for crafting into a work of art for the bands’ and students’ demo reel. Don’t forget to check out the Social Wealth” Facebook page.

Would you like to create music videos for hot bands? Check out our Film & Video Production Program.

Graduate Success: Congrats to 2008 Recording Arts Grad, Tyron Williams!

"Savannahian parlays lifelong passion for music into success"

Congrats to 2008 RA Grad Tyron Williams! All of us here at F.I.R.S.T. School are very proud!

Savannah Morning News

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Graduate Success: Jeremy Burchell

Rumor has it that “The Social”, a music venue in downtown Orlando, Florida, has a new audio engineer. Whispers say it’s a recent graduate from the accredited F.I.R.S.T School

Sound-checking bands and rocking the sound board is Jeremy Burchell, a graduate of the Florida Institute of Recording, Sound and Technology, has left his mark among the hallways of the F.I.R.S.T School. He is now living his dream... “I get to work in downtown Orlando every day!” says Burchell.

Finishing school in November 2011, the current audio classes still talk about him. Finishing all the necessary lab and intern hours way before the halfway mark of graduating, he raised the bar of what a F.I.R.S.T School student work ethic should resemble. 

Interning at Alpaca Ranch Studios, he swept floors - all the way to getting paid gigs. “Hard work will get you far. Hard work will get you to your dream. You just have to want it.” It’s only up from here for Jeremy Burchell who graced the halls of F.I.R.S.T School. We are sure he will continue to be a strong asset in the music industry.

Would you like to be our next success story? Start your new career by starting at F.I.R.S.T.! Contact us today for more information and take a video tour of the campus!
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