Mercer Music at Capricorn’s sound console is first of its kind

Mercer Music at Capricorn’s sound console is first of its kind


This is an API 2448, and they’ve only
been making this console for a couple of years now,
and this is the first one made in a 40-channel format. So this is the only one
in the world right now loaded with 40 channels, and it’s living right here in
Capricorn in Macon, Georgia. We’re very proud of that. It’s kind of the
modern-day version of what used to be here. So it has the same circuitry that
was in the board that was here. They haven’t changed how they make the
preamps and the EQs. What’s different is that we can get all that, and then we get
modern-day automation. So it’s those modern conveniences and the classic
sound of API. It’s just a great combination.
I learned the music business here and started my company when I was a student
at Mercer, and then went on into my business of 30 years in the music
industry. A few years back I started to diversify. I got into the solar industry,
very technology similar. I treat the solar panel as if it’s a microphone and
the sun is my artist that works every day. And so we wanted to make Capricorn
Studio a very innovative place. We installed solar panels in the innovation
side of this, and so we have enough solar energy — smart energy as I like to refer
to it — to power this console. So we will be lighting up this studio, this
console, with enough power every day, and we’re making that energy right on top of
the roof up there. Part of my goal in putting the solar on the roof was to
involve students, involving Mercer University and Mercer involved with
Macon. So we had Dr. MacCarthy come over with his students from the engineering
school and helped us get the unit up to the roof, and that was quite an adventure,
and we’re looking forward to doing maybe some more solar projects around
campus. So on our website — capricorn.mercer.edu — there’s a page
you can fill out and put in your request for what you’d like to do, what
time frame you’re looking at, what your budget is, whether you need a producer, if
you need house engineers, if you need us to bring in musicians to
help you with your project. So that’s kind of a good way to start, and you can
directly reach us that way, and we’ll work with whoever wants to come. You know, we’re open to Mercer, and we are a Mercer building, but we are open to
anyone in the world, and we’re encouraging anyone and everyone to
come down and come check out Capricorn.

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