By PSW Staff • August 21, 2014 Roland's M-48 personal mixers are used every day in Studio I at The Blackbird Academy. The Blackbird Academy, a premier studio and live sound engineering school in Nashville, has recently installed and integrated the Roland M-48 Personal Mixing System into their program. The Academy’s unique “hands-on” approach curriculum provide students access to world-famous Blackbird Studio gear and engineers. “At The Blackbird Academy, our prime emphasis is teaching the students to provide the client with high-quality sound and service throughout the production process,” says co-director and instructor Kevin Becka. “The compact, M-48 mixers punch this ticket by being easy to use, having a full set of features like EQ, reverb, panning and level controls, plus they sound great. “I have experience with this system in a live sound setting and am amazed at how well it fits into our tracking, and overdub sessions at The Blackbird Academy.” The M-48 mixers are used every day in Studio I at The Blackbird Academy. The studio is built around a Beatle theme, and like Abbey Road, the control room for Studio I is on the second floor. When they built the room, it was going to be a daunting task to drag copper downstairs to all the live room panels. Becka was happy that the Roland M-48 system worked with their existing Cat-5 runs. The M-48’s personal mixers have proven to be easy for the students to grasp and get up and running quickly. With the bankable channels and multi-function encoders, its effortless for student/engineers to show the musicians how to jump between the functions and concentrate on getting themselves a great mix. The three-band EQ and reverb parameters are simple but sound great and are very usable. Becka concludes, “We are very happy with how the M-48 works with our curriculum, studio workflows and how the students have taken to the system – they are very impressed and so are we.” Roland Systems Group Blackbird Academy Comments Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Tagged with: Blackbird Recording Roland Studio · all topics Subscribe to Live Sound International Subscribe to Live Sound International magazine. Stay up-to-date, get the latest pro audio news, products and resources each month with Live Sound.