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Alumni Update: Sun & Sound in Maui
On a daily basis, most OIART students and grads are doing work they love. OIART Grad Nick Battist [2004-05], is fortunate enough to love both his work and his location - Maui. Working for singer/songwriter Steve Sargenti, Nick has had the opportunity to engineer in an island paradise. Here's what he's had to say of the experience:
When I first heard about this opportunity from [OIART Career Counsellor] Bob [Breen], I jumped on it. I'm happy to say that it was even more amazing than I could have imagined. The people I worked for were some of the friendliest people I've ever met in my life, and the work was challenging, and rewarding. My boss, Steve Sargenti has been living on Maui for 30 years, and works freelance for many of the resorts and bars on the island. My job was to be the engineer in his home studio, where I was responsible for all the recording, editing and mixing. I was the only worker, so everything fell on me. Steve ran a 24 channel Mackie console and a MOTU 828 MKII, which I was familiar with from OIART. So I guess the variety of equipment that I got to use at school was paramount in learning my way around this studio, and I feel now that I could go into almost any studio, and get the hang of it very quickly. At the end of my stay, Steve had been so impressed by my work, he wanted to have me back.
Nick will be continuing to work with Steve in the fall. All the best Nick!.
Quentin Gautier, Intern - April & May, 2006
Interning at Sea Legs Studios provided me with valuable hands-on work experience in the audio engineering field. The working environment was fantastic. Steve is a truly gifted individual who is a pleasure to work with and Kathy really made me feel like a part of the family. Life on Maui should be experienced by everyone. The beaches were amazing but surfing is a lot harder than it looks. I really enjoyed my time at Sea Legs and would recommend the experience to anyone who has an interest in audio engineering and knowledge of computers & digital recording.