Honolulu Community College (HCC) has installed the largest Rupert Neve Designs 5088 discrete analog console manufactured to date, a 64-fader desk outfitted with 33 Portico modules in
the penthouse section plus Martinsound Flying Fader automation. The 5088
console is the centerpiece of the Music and Entertainment Learning
Experience (MELE) program’s brand new state-of-the-art production facility,
which was funded by the Mike Curb Family Foundation through the University
of Hawaii Foundation (UHF) and by federal grants.
According to the MELE Program Director, Keala Chock, the decision to install
the 5088 was based on Mr. Neve’s long history as a premier designer of
analog audio circuitry together with the quality and flexibility of his
current Portico technology. "It’s a very solid platform for our students in
Hawaii to engage in some really cutting edge technology in an analog
format," explains Chock. "We are the only program in the university and in
the state of Hawai’i that offers a degree in audio engineering, so it was
important for us to recognize who the industry giants are and some of the
technological contributions that have been made. Rupert Neve is among the
best – if not THE best – because of his contributions."
The new Mike Curb MELE Studio facilities, which include a classroom and two
tracking rooms and offer space for future expansion, were designed by local
architects Shimokawa + Nakamura. The contractors were Hidano Construction,
also based in Honolulu. Additionally, the console was commissioned by master technician, and audio industry legend Martin J. "Babylon" Arthurs Esq.
Mele Program faculty John Vierra and Eric Lagrimas describe The Mike Curb
MELE Studio as a "modern studio, which takes advantage of the best
technology has to offer. The showpiece of the studio is a 64-channel frame
Neve 5088 console designed by Rupert Neve."
All outboard gear is routed through a state-of-the-art patchbay designed and
installed by Belmont University’s Mike Curb College of Entertainment audio
engineering faculty and Belmont Dean Wes Bulla. The outboard credenza racks
includes some of today’s best compressors, limiters and equalizers, such as
George Massenburg 8304, Universal Audio 1176N, LA-2A, Vintech Pre/EQ, and
Manley Variable Mu units. The studio also has high-end Eventide 7600 and
Lexicon PCM 96 DSP devices. All this outboard analogue gear is integrated
with a Pro Tools|HD4 Accel System, which is loaded with UAD plug-ins. The
microphone cabinet is loaded with studio standards manufactured by Neumann,
Shure, AKG, Manley, Earthworks, Audix, Rode and Sennheiser. Studio B is set
up with a Toft ATB24 console integrated with a Pro Tools LE system.
Honolulu Community College developed an educational partnership with a
national leader in the music business & entertainment education, Belmont
University in Nashville, TN – "Music City." The 21st-century music business
is global-music from anywhere can go anywhere, and that includes music from
Hawai’i. There is no reason anymore to think of the word "local" as a
limitation. Music from Hawai’i is currently being recognized as never
before, nationally and around the world. Think of Brother Iz’s "Somewhere
Over The Rainbow," on Facing Future, the first CD from Hawai’i to go
platinum, and Jack Johnson’s CD debuting at # 1 nationally. There is much
more to come. Students enrolling at the MELE program can elect to pursue an
associate degree in music business and/or audio engineering with
matriculation opportunities to Belmont’s Curb College.
Founded by Rupert and Evelyn Neve, Rupert Neve Designs is built on passion,
experience and a desire to create products embodying the highest musical
quality. In continuing his legacy as a pioneer in audio circuit design, Mr.
Rupert Neve is currently focusing his talents on creating innovative
solutions to the issues facing the modern recording engineer. For further
information on Rupert Neve Designs please visit www.rupertneve.com