A landmark facility with history
Sheffield opened at its current location just north of Baltimore, Maryland, in 1981. SIRA, which was established at the complex in 1995 and is approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission, offers three tracks of vocational programming to prepare students for jobs in the AV industry. In addition to SIRA’s classrooms, tech labs and other teaching facilities, the complex also houses Sheffield’s original two commercial recording studios and a 2,000-square-foot video production soundstage. Sound engineering students attending SIRA’s AudioWorks program have access to both professional recording studios. The new Duality Fuse replaced an older Duality that was installed in Studio A in 2007.
According to Jeff Mund, who partnered in the business with Andrew Dunn and Scott Lloyd, the Sheffield staff discussed several alternative mixing console brands for Studio A. But considering Sheffield’s extensive history with SSL, and with so many SSL consoles in production facilities across the country and around the world, it made sense to install the company’s latest analogue technology in the A room, he says. “After a couple of conversations with our engineering team and with the folks at SSL, it was clear that we wanted the industry standard. We wanted the interoperability, so that if our students learned the SSL SuperAnalogue format, they could work on an SSL console anywhere,” Mund says. “So it wasn't a tough decision.”