CULLOWHEE – Western Carolina University was featured recently in a national publication for being the first facility in the United States to purchase a newly introduced audio post-production console.

Billboard magazine published an article about Western’s purchase of a Solid State Logic C200 large format digital console, which is designed for surround sound and DVD-Audio applications. The C200 will be part of Western’s new commercial-quality audio and video studio, to be housed in the Workforce Leadership Development Center currently under construction.

The studio is expected to be operational in early fall and will be a teaching facility for both audio and video, with a control room, closed-circuit camera and significant tracking space.

Bruce Frazier, an Emmy Award-winning music editor, conductor and composer who holds Western’s Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Professorship in Commercial and Electronic Music, and Don Connelly, assistant professor of communication and theatre arts, were featured in the article and accompanying photo. Don Wershba, vice president of music for the eastern region of Solid State Logic, also was featured.

“Dr. Frazier is very much a music person, and understands that they have to train the students for what consoles are all about,” said Wershba. “So he loved the fact that we built a console that really looked like a console, and it happened to be digital, which was a requirement, for this new facility.”

Connelly and Frazier were instrumental in the development of the audio and video production facilities that will be part of the new facility and were finalists for Western’s 2002-03 Collaborative Education Experience Award.

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