AMMP charts a new path with Allen & Heath
Wednesday, 26 June 2019
academyofmodernmusicproductionfounderbrandonmandystudioaallenheathsq7AMMP founder Brandon Mandy
USA - An SQ-7 digital mixer from Allen & Heath now serves as the cornerstone of production technologies at the Academy of Modern Music Production (AMMP). Working in tandem with Ableton Live 10 music sequencer and digital audio workstation software, the SQ-7 brings a new level of control to the Mesa, Arizona-based learning centre.
“We’re more than a project studio, and different from a university or any other conventional school,” says AMMP founder and all-round ambassador Brandon Mandy. “What sets us apart is that we focus on teaching what it means to be an artist first, all while demonstrating everything else needed to succeed from technical to marketing skills.”
What sets this SQ-7 installation apart from all others is its deep integration with Ableton 10 Live, something - to the best of Mandy’s knowledge - that has never been done quite like this before.
“We found early on that obtaining a good mixdown was the hardest thing to do with Ableton 10 Live,” Mandy explains, “because you were always limited by not having motorised faders.”
After carefully assessing their needs, the AMMP team determined that integrating Allen & Heath’s SQ-7 with Ableton Live through MIDI offered the best solution. Once they had put on their MIDI-mapping thinking caps and downloaded the necessary SQ DAW Control software, they were able to use bi-directional control to harness the power of both systems in order to provide functionality beyond the sum of their parts.
“We were a bit out there on our own, leaving footprints for others to follow,” Mandy relates. "Once we built a template, everything fell into place. Now, anytime we start a project, we just open the template and work from there. Every project can be stored and recalled later, allowing us to pick up right where we left off."
(Jim Evans)

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