Brian Campbell, managing director of Accessible Communication for the Deaf (ACD), has installed an Argosy G Series workstation as the centerpiece of a new production facility in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
The studio serves double duty as a content creation facility for the sign language interpreting agency, which Campbell co-owns with his wife, Lisa, and as a recording and mix room for A4 Productions, a record label that he operates with his musical partner, Razi Ben-Ezzer.
The new Argosy G22 desk, the third Argosy product that Campbell has owned, houses the studio’s Avid Artist Series Mix work surfaces. “I’m using that in conjunction with my Universal Audio Apollo interface and Pro Tools 10 and I’ve got every plug-in known to man,” says Campbell, who was previously an instructor at the Art Institute in Fort Lauderdale.
The Argosy desk and its built-in 19-inch racks provide space for a Dangerous Music D-Box, patchbay and other outboard equipment, including a UA 610 mic preamp. “We’re going to be expanding our business, so I’ll put some mastering gear in the other side once I get the chance,” he adds.
Campbell previously used a Mackie D8B digital mixing console. “I used to have it on a little table that I built. I remember when Argosy first came out; I ended up getting a desk for the D8B, and I loved the way it looked. The minute we decided to build this studio and put in the Avid Artist Series controllers, Argosy was my only choice,” he says. “I talked with a dealer who told me about another desk company, which he said was ‘much cheaper.’ I think he meant to say ‘inexpensive’—but you could tell it was much cheaper.”
ACD, which was established in south Florida by the Campbells in 2003, with Brian handling administration and Lisa interpreting and doing door-to-door sales, now includes a second office in Tampa and a roster of approximately 55 American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters subcontracting for the company throughout the state and in Georgia.
ACD specializes in community work, dispatching sign language interpreters to work at locations such as courthouses, schools and medical facilities with clients who are required to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The company also offers video remote interpreting (VRI) services via videophone or webcam.
ACD is also the go-to sign language interpreting agency when the White House visits south Florida, according to Campbell. “There’s a photo on our web site of my wife interpreting for Mr. Obama when he was campaigning to be president,” he says. “Earlier this year, President Obama spoke at The University of Miami and we handled that event as well.”
The facility, which incorporates a green screen stage for video production, is also used to generate content for ACD’s growing DVD catalog, which includes titles with ASL interpretation, voiceovers and subtitles.
The company has also released a series of DVD titles that provide instruction in ASL for words and names with which interpreters may be less familiar.
“One of the DVDs is on how to interpret the names of Disney characters and another DVD we did was of city and state names,” explains Campbell, who notes that ASL, which encompasses facial and body movements as well as hand gestures, also varies regionally.
On the music side, Campbell and Ben-Ezzer, working as The Stepbrothers, have produced remixes for artists such as Michael Zager, Jennifer Holliday, Foster the People, Beyoncé and the Baha Men. The partners also operate a multi-genre record label, collected under the A4 Music Group umbrella, releasing urban, world, pop and electronic music.