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Published: Wed October 15, 2008  News Feed

Find out how the Onyx Satellite made recording a breeze for a group of aspiring young songwriters.


The Experience Music Project (which now also includes the Science Fiction Museum) has been in Seattle since 2000. Housed in a completely unique 140,000 square foot Frank O. Gehry-designed space, the EMP takes on the status of “sculpture" as often as it does “building".

EMP blends interpretative, interactive exhibits with cutting-edge technology to educate visitors about the history, development and execution of anything musical. There’s a ton of rare artifacts and memorabilia…check out their exhibitions. It is a truly unique place and an equally unique experience when you visit.

Part of the EMP’s education-driven mission involves educational camps for young teens. Specifically, they conduct Teen Artist Workshops, which take place in the summer and are for teens going into 8th through 11th grades. Whatever musical interests the teens have, there is a workshop that will help them to develop that skill. Teens receive one-on-one training from industry professionals and each session culminates in a final project or event that showcases creativity through music.


Photo by Rick Barry, courtesy of EMP|SFM.

Mackie was asked to get involved with a Songwriting Workshop this summer where students explore various songwriting styles and spend the week writing and recording their own songs. Mackie armed the teens with Onyx Satellites and Tracktion 3 for recording purposes.


Photo by Laura Rapoport, courtesy of EMP|SFM.

The Satellite is perfect for educational endeavors. The Onyx mic preamps sound great and the integrated monitor control section makes it an all-in-one solution for anyone who needs a small interface. Plus, the dual headphone outputs make it very easy for students to pair up and record.

Tracktion 3 is also great for students, as the single screen interface is very easy to learn and use.

Check out EMP’s education section to learn more about these great workshops.

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