Edirol Europe, distributor of V-Studio in Germany, and the SAE Institute have announced a new partnership that gives students at selected SAE colleges an opportunity to gain hands-on experience of Cakewalk's V-Studio 700 music production system as part of their studies. V-Studio 700s will be installed with powerful workstations, provided by Hamburg-based Xi-Machines, in all seven SAE German campuses. Further plans are already in the pipeline to roll this out in the UK and other European centres in the near future.
Both Cakewalk and Edirol Europe are companies in the Roland Group. Roland originally pioneered the concept of combining hard-disk recording with an ergonomic control surface in its groundbreaking V-Studio and VS products. The Cakewalk-branded and newly developed VS-700, launched right at the start of this year, combines Roland's world-renowned hardware expertise with the power and flexibility of Cakewalk's SONAR Producer digital audio workstation software. The extensively featured music production system includes the V-Studio Console, the V-Studio I/O unit with an integrated Roland Fantom VS module synthesizer, SONAR 8 Producer Edition software and a full version of the award-winning Rapture soft synth. The V-Studio 700 also offers direct control of Edirol-branded video hardware, complete with V-Link support.
During its thirty-year history, SAE's world-class training has focused on preparing students for a range of opportunities in the audio industry. In recent years, the organisation's diversification into "new media" has opened up additional avenues in film making, animation, web design and games design via SAE's Qantm College network and a series of new online courses.
SAE students are encouraged to work with a variety of industry-standard hardware and software products and the V-Studio offers an opportunity to explore the high-end capabilities of a PC-based music production system. Xi-Machines will provide SAE with a number of dedicated, highly spec'd audio workstations for use with the V-Studio systems. The company specializes in making powerful computers for the creative industries.
The V-Studio 700 will be installed in the SAE colleges' Open Practice Areas, enabling plenty of hands-on access. Edirol Europe Managing Director Massimo Barbini is optimistic about the new partnership: "We are delighted to be working with SAE and introducing the new V-Studio to their students with such powerful workstations provided by Xi-Machines" he comments. "The system has so many different applications and it's extremely versatile, so we're looking forward to getting feedback from a range of student projects."
Rudi Grieme, SAE Vice President and Director of Operations adds: "The new V-Studio partnership will be very exciting for us. It's important for our students to gain as much hands-on experience as possible during their time at SAE. The V-Studio 700 will be a perfect platform for different student projects and I'm sure it's going to be very popular!"
Over the coming months, Edirol Europe and SAE aim to further develop the partnership through seminars and other special events.