Bournemouth University has become the first SADiE customer in the UK to take delivery of the new SADiE 6 audio editing and production software.
Other recent academic sales in the UK include 10 native licences to Aberdeen College and 16 SADiE 6 licences, which will run on their existing SADiE PCM2s, to Sunderland University.
Professor Sean Street, Director of the Centre for Broadcasting History Research at Bournemouth University’s Media School (pictured right, with SADiE's Pete Nash), said: “From very early on we have wanted to give our MA in Radio Production students the closest possible representation of the real world conditions they will find when they enter the job market. As a former BBC employee, I was familiar with SADiE which I had used on many occasions, particularly for the production of feature material. I could see that SADiE was a growing technology and therefore one that it was important for our students to learn.
“We began installing SADiE in its older forms in 2005 and began a dialogue with Prism Sound, which now owns SADiE. From what we were hearing it was clear that SADiE 6 was going to be a must-have for the industry and therefore a must have for our students. Sadie 6 is revolutionary in many ways, but in particular it is the ability to use the software natively on any computer that really makes a difference to us. Later this year we are launching a BA in Radio Production, which will run alongside our existing MA and our Foundation degree top-up BA. Until now we have only been able to give our MA students the opportunity to learn SADiE, but because this new software can run on existing computers and laptops, we will be able to teach this technology to all our radio students.”
Professor Street added that Bournemouth University is also in discussions with Prism Sound to introduce a SADiE accreditation certificate.
“Our students will be given the option of undertaking a set of exercises and tests to become accredited SADiE operators,” he explains. “This will enable them to walk into any broadcast establishment anywhere in the world and say ‘I am an accredited SADiE operator, I come to you on a plate because I am already trained’. In real terms this will be a major advantage in the job market.”