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CSP Donates Mobile Recording Unit to NESCom

The fleet of mobile production units at the New England School of Communications at Husson University grew by leaps and bounds thanks to a generous donation by CSP Mobile Productions. CSP is based in Saco, ME  and is one of the fastest growing mobile HD and digital television production companies in the US.  The company donated their Unit 6 audio truck to NESCom for use as both an experiential learning lab and a mobile recording unit.

Inside the truck is a 2-room recording control room centered around a Yamaha PM-1D 96 input digital console. The racks include processing from TC Electronic, DBX, Eventide, Yamaha, and Lexicon. Genelec and Yamaha monitors as well as a closet of microphones round out this fully operational “studio on wheels”. “We are fortunate to have supporters of the New England School of Communications at Husson University, like CSP Mobile Productions” says Thom Johnston, Dean of NESCom. “The gift of this unique mobile audio studio to Husson, with all of its technology, will give our students the opportunity to take their mixing skills on the road.”

Future use of the unit will include both class room applications, stand along remote recording, as well as coupling with the existing NESCom HD Mobile Productions Unit.

José Feliciano Album Mixed in NESCom Control Room E by Walter Clissen

Walter Clissen with Executive Producer/Manager for Jose Feliciano Helmuth Schaerf

Associate Professor Walter Clissen with Executive Producer/Manager for Jose Feliciano, Helmuth Schaerf. Photo by Larry Ayotte

Spring break is a time for students to take a break from their studies, to relax, and to catch up with friends. For the faculty however, spring break is a chance to spend some serious time working on projects both in and out of the classroom.

Walter Clissen, Associate Professor in the Audio Engineering department at NESCom at Husson University spent the majority of his spring break working on a musical project that spans the globe and brings together world-class talent. Clissen is in the mixing stage of a new album by artist José Feliciano in NESCom’s own Audio Control E. The project, which will be released as an album, has Feliciano playing guitar along with members of the Sofia Symphonic Orchestra and soprano Arno Raunig. It features operatic arias for castrati composed by Mozart which have never been transcribed for guitar.

The album is being mixed in both stereo and Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound  and will be released later this year.

Students Participte In NESN Next Producer Competition

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Five Video Production students at the New England School of Communications at Husson University are finalists in the Next Producer competition being held by NESN (New England Sports Network).

Heather Andrews, Dave Roberts, Ryan Carignan, Nick Young & Justin Foster worked as part of a team to tell the story of what it takes to cover a live sporting event. “We push that a broadcast team is just like a football team” says Andrews. “One team, one goal, striving for perfection, and going for the win (or in our case success)”.

NESN’s Next Producer competition is a new series that will officially premier on NESN on April 6th. The seven-episode run will air the student-made short films following Red Sox post-game coverage. The student filmmakers will get access to and input from two Hollywood producers with ties to New England – television Hall of Famer and Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner and Co- creator/Executive Producer, Brad Falchuk (Glee, American Horror Story, etc.). Falchuk is a Newton, Massachusetts native and passionate New England sports fan. Werner and Falchuk will coach the finalists to improve their films and pick the winner.

You can view & vote for the NESCom entry into the competition HERE. Help support the great work of NESCom students by sharing the voting link with friends and family.

Student Finalist In Photographer’s Forum National Photography Contest

Chris Parelius

Chris Parelius

Christopher Parelius, a student in the Video Production department at the New England School of Communications at Husson University has been selected as a finalist in Photographer’s Forum magazine’s 35th Annual College & High School Photography Contest, sponsored by Nikon USA. The contest received over 17,000 photographs from students all over the world.

As part of the competition, the work will be included in the magazine’s annual publication Best of College & High School Photography 2015

Photography by Chris Parelius

Photography by Chris Parelius

To view all the finalists, visit the competition website 

WHSN Announces 2015 AS4MS MS Society Benefit Concert

WHSN 89.3FM has announced their 2015 AS4MS concert to benefit the National MS Society. The event, which has been running for more than 12 years, showcases Maine bands & performers with 100% of the proceeds going directly to the Greater New England Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

The AS4MS is slated for Friday, April 10th, 7:30PM at the Gracie Theatre at Husson University. Performers include Worried Well, Tall Horse, One Shot Nothing, Skosh, & The Royal Bones. Tickets are $10 and are available online at whsn-fm.com, at all Bull Moose locations or at the door the night of the show.

The AS4MS is produced by WHSN with numerous departments and classes at NESCom assisting including Live Sound Technology, Entertainment Production, Video Production and more. Past AS4MS performances going back to 2008 are available at WHSN’s YouTube channel.

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NESCom Students Earn First Place In 2015 BEA Festival Of Media Arts

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The students of the New England School of Communications have once again received national recognition for their work. The Broadcast Education Association (BEA) has awarded NESCom students with a first place finish in their 2015 Festival of Media Arts. The award is for the 2014 edition of the radio drama “Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales of Mystery and Imagination” in the Comedy/Drama category of the student audio competition.

The annual Edgar Allan Poe radio drama is produced by WHSN radio with students throughout NESCom working on everything from live audio, stage direction, sound effects and voice acting. The 2014 installment of the drama was a performance of the Poe classic The Murders In The Rue Morgue. It was originally broadcast on WHSN 89.3 FM on Thursday, October 30th, 2014.

The BEA Festival of Media Arts is an international refereed exhibition of faculty creative activities and a national showcase for student work. The Festival provides a venue for exhibition of winning submissions, including recognition of project authors, through showcase and awards sessions held during BEA’s annual convention in Las Vegas. The Festival seeks to enhance and extend creative activities, teaching, and professional standards in broadcasting and other forms of electronically mediated communication. Visit www.beafestival.org for more information.

Associate Professor Walter Clissen Included In Article For Musicians Friend

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Walter Clissen

Walter Clissen, Associate Professor in the Audio Engineering program at the New England School of Communications at Husson University has been included in a feature on the role of producers by Musicians Friend.

The article posted at thehub.musiciansfriend.com includes a section with Clissen talking about the many roles in the studio.

Read the full article here:
What Producers Do and Why You May Need One – The Hub @ MusiciansFriend.com

2012 Grad Joe Visciano Wins 2 Grammys For Work On Beck’s Morning Phase

The 57th annual Grammy awards on February 8th, 2015 was a big night for 2012 NESCom Audio Engineering alum Joe Visciano. Following a nomination in both the Album of the Year and Best Engineered Album (Non-Classical) categories for Beck’s album Morning Phase, Visciano ended the night with two wins.

The ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Beck – Morning Phase
Beck Hansen, producer; Tom Elmhirst, David Greenbaum, Florian Lagatta, Cole Marsden Greif-Neill, Robbie Nelson, Darrell Thorp, Cassidy Turbin & Joe Visciano, engineers/mixers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer
Label: Capitol Records

BEST ENGINEERED ALUBM (NON-CLASSICAL): Beck – Morning Phase
Tom Elmhirst, David Greenbaum, Florian Lagatta, Cole Marsden Greif-Neill, Robbie Nelson, Darrell Thorp, Cassidy Turbin & Joe Visciano, engineers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer (Beck)
Label: Capitol Records

Since graduating from the New England School of Communications in 2012, Visciano has worked with artists including Beck, Mark Ronson, Coldplay, and U2, who dubbed him “Classy” Joe Visciano.

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L-R: Robbie Nelson, Florian Lagatta, Darrell Thorp, Joe Visciano (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Meyer Sound To Give Workshops For Live Sound Technology & Audio Engineering Students

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Leading loudspeaker manufacturer Meyer Sound will spend 4 days this month working with students from NESCom’s Live Sound Technology and Audio Engineering departments.

February 23rd through the 26th, Meyer Sound’s Mauricio “Magu” Ramierez and Buford Jones will work with students on 2 detailed workshops. Mauricio “Magu” Ramierez will lead a course called “Line Array Design and Application” withparticipants learning how to utilize line arrays as part of the design and implementation of complex sound reinforcement systems in a performance environment. Then, legendary live sound engineer Buford Jones returns to NESCom to teach “the Mixing Workshop”, brining his world-class experiences with Eric Clapton, Pink Floyd. Stevie Wonder and more to the classroom.

These workshops will take place in the Gracie Theatre at Husson University.

Marketing Communications Student Receives Scholarship from MPRC

Hunter Clark

Hunter Clark

The Maine Public Relations Council, the state’s professional association of public relations practitioners, announced the winner of its 2014 Scholarship.

Husson University sophomore and marketing communications major, Hunter Clark, was chosen for his academic record and accomplishments, recommendations and a personal essay. A native of Skowhegan, Hunter is enrolled in Husson’s New England School of Communication and serves a Resident Assistant.

The annual scholarship is awarded to a college freshman, sophomore or junior attending an accredited Maine college or university majoring in public relations, broadcasting, journalism, marketing, advertising or any a communications field.

In addition to completing the application, the submission requires two faculty references, two faculty letters of recommendations and an essay of no more than 500 words.

About the Maine Public Relations Council
Now in its 39th year, with over 250 members statewide Maine Public Relations Council is a professional association of Maine public relations practitioners. MPRC is dedicated to the professional development of its members and a greater awareness of the role of public relations in the world today. It is a member of the Universal Accreditation Board. More information is available at www.meprcouncil.org.