Case study

Transforming students' understanding of sound with the Avid S6 -
University of Westminster

Over the past two years, the University of Westminster have been revamping the production environment at their award-winning School of Media, Arts and Design. We had already worked with them to install Avid NEXIS shared storage and update their Media Composer and Interplay environments, so when they wanted to update their mixing room to a state of the art Avid S6 with Dolby Atmos, our audio team were the ones they called.

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What did they need?
The Westminster team wanted to make sure they were offering their students the chance to use professional grade tools, so they’d be prepared for workflows they’d encounter in the workplace.

How did we help?
We worked with the university to develop an integrated Avid workflow, with Nexis storage and servers supporting Media Composer editing suites, an Interplay environment and a Dolby Atmos-capable mixing room where students use Pro Tools with an Avid S6.

What were the benefits?

  • Students get experience on kit that is being used at the top end of the creative industries, preparing them for the workplace.
  • The quality of work students are able to produce is higher, and they are more engaged with the sound design elements of their course.
  • The university’s three mixing rooms are becoming more standardised, making it easier for students to move between rooms and increasing the utilisation of resources.
  • The school can use this equipment to attract the best possible students and retain their position as one of the UK’s top film schools.

"Within the first ten minutes of using the S6 in a project situation, I was blown away [...] Hand on heart, it has transformed, time-wise and creatively, the workflow that I use professionally and that I see the students here using.

Aidan McCarthy, Film & Television Sound Supervisor, University of Westminster. For more information on this customer case study, and to see more examples of our work, get in touch.

Who are the University of Westminster? Arrow

The University of Westminster’s School of Media, Arts and Design boasts one of Europe’s most varied portfolios, offering over 40 courses to students from more than 50 countries. In recent years, their film students have garnered awards including Student Oscars, a Kodak Commercial Award and earlier this year an RTS Sound Craft Award.