Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) – founded by Mark Featherstone-Witty and Sir Paul McCartney – has recently added a PreSonus StudioLive 24.4.2 digital console to its inventory. Opened in 1996, LIPA has since become one of the leading performing arts schools in the UK, emphasizing a multifaceted and holistic approach to training in the arts.
Pictured with the new console are LIPA's Chris Layton, senior lecturer, live sound and John Attewell, technical services manager. "Our view is that every student should attain some knowledge of all the individual disciplines that make a performance possible," explained Jon Thornton, director of LIPA's School of Sound Technology. “It's all about interdisciplinary collaboration; it's as important for a sound engineer to understand what it's like to stand on stage as it is for an actor or musician to understand what it is like to mix at front of house." The school has a number of high-end recording rooms but Thornton says the StudioLive fills a different role. "We've got six studios with consoles ranging from SSLs to Icons, but if a musician or an engineer says 'we don't want to sit in a studio, we want to track in, say, this vibe-y church we found somewhere,' it's really, really easy to just take the StudioLive and a small laptop rig to do tracking almost anywhere." For live performance, the console is equally useful. "We do a lot of one-off shows: intimate cantina gigs for around 100 people. The StudioLive is perfect for those, and we're now able to record every gig. And we'll be taking it along for a 10-day music festival we've got coming up as well. “The StudioLive may not be the solution for everything we do, but it's a great solution for a lot of things we weren't able to do easily before," concluded Thornton. www.presonus.com