Case study

Installing audio recording and editing
facilities at St Bernard’s Catholic School

When St Bernard’s Catholic School in Rotherham decided to build a new recording studio and audio editing suite, we helped them kit out their studio with a Tascam mixing desk and acoustic treatment, and updated the music classroom with a Mac suite and Apple Logic software.

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Why did they come to us?
After a teacher from a nearby school suggested St Bernard’s give Jigsaw24 a call, our consultant Rob Williams visited them to see exactly what it was they needed. With them, he came up with a solution that covered both the soon-to-be-built recording studio and the existing music classroom.

What did they need?
Having recently decided to up their music education game, the school wanted a modern studio facility to record students’ live performances, but to be able to produce and edit the results in a separate classroom. They needed a tactile mixing desk with plenty of inputs for bands and choirs.

How did we help?
Rob suggested the Tascam DM3200 digital mixing desk, which would allow the school to produce professional quality recordings and still stay well within budget. This, along with a powerful 8-core Mac Pro tower and a suite of 18 new iMacs would let students mix live tracks digitally, then edit them in the classroom using Apple Logic software. We also provided a range of microphones, full cabling and DJ equipment.

What were the benefits?
Using the 16 channels on the Tascam, the school can now record whole bands or the full school choir, without students having to crowd into a single live room. Students have the chance to gain a wide range of skills, using both Macs and PCs, industry standard software and new DJ equipment.

“Jigsaw24 have done a fantastic job in helping us set up a new Music Technology department at St Bernard’s Catholic High School. Originally we had a few companies come along to provide us with a solution for setting up Music Technology and Jigsaw24 were by far the best. They provided us with detailed solutions for the studio setup, the classroom and the listening/ DJ room. The installation process ran very smoothly over the summer and the final setup was better than we could have imagined.”

Michelle Lockwood, Music Technology teacher, St Bernard’s Catholic School.

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Who are St Bernard’s Catholic School? Arrow

St Bernard’s Catholic School is a large high school in Rotherham with a focus on music and the arts. They were Awarded Specialist School Status for the Arts in September 2004 and for Applied Learning in June 2009.