Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts officially opened its new state-of-the -art recording and production studio on Oct. 16. The studio is the culmination of a $1.7 million capital campaign that began with the Advisory Board and the 2018 Crystal Charity Ball.
“The Arts Magnet has long been a pacesetter at honing the skills of talented young people to prepare them for success in their chosen artistic career,” Superintendent Michael Hinojosa said. “This new recording and production studio represents a giant leap forward in our arts education program.”
Designed by Russ Berger Design Group, the studio will provide every student insight into the production industry and provide the tools, programming and knowledge to lead into their college and professional careers.
The centerpiece of the production studio is the AWS 924, an analog-digital recording console manufactured by industry leader, Solid State Logic. Digital Resources Inc, based in Southlake, procured and installed the equipment for the studio. Their design provides both professional recording and educational experiences. The control room has a camera placed directly above the SSL board that can be broadcast to the adjoining classroom. The equipment also includes a mobile studio cart that can be taken to several locations in the school to broadcast back to the production studio.
Scott Rudes, Booker T. Washington principal, said the new production studio is a gamechanger for the school.
“We now have a level playing field for all of our students to perform and record for scholarships and competitions,” he said. “In addition, this provides us with a new course of study for students who are interested in the profession. We are very excited about the possibilities that this studio will give our students”