When asked to take part in the #ImaginedBy project, a new initiative from sneaker giant adidas, hip-hop artist Big Sean didn't have to think hard about where his efforts would take place. Big Sean, real name Sean Anderson, quickly decided on his hometown of Detroit as the site of his #ImaginedBy effort.
Set in the Cass Corridor, Big Sean's alma mater Cass Technical High School is regarded as one of the best high schools in the country. Known for its historically high graduation rate and students with a wide range of skills, the school seemed like the perfect place for a project that would foster budding artists and performers.
Teaming with Adidas, Chris Koltay of High Bias Recordings and our very own Cedric Yee and Scotty Iulianelli, Big Sean set about creating the Sean Anderson Studio of Infinite Possibilities. Tasked with selecting the gear and then acting as studio techs, Yee and Iulianelli built the space out on a short deadline.
"We figured out what worked, what fit the space and really just put it together in three days," says Iulianelli. "Since we were so close to Vintage King, we could just come back and grab more gear if we wanted something else."
The 784-square-foot space inside of the high school has been outfitted with some of the world's best pro audio equipment including a Slate Raven MTI, Barefoot MM45s, Yamaha HS7, Antelope Audio Zen Studio and AEA microphones. By setting the studio up with both ProTools and Logic software, the team hopes to give students a well-rounded perspective of recording with a few different types of audio recording softwares.
"We tried to pick hands-on, intuitive gear that would be easy to use no matter who was around to run the studio," Iulianelli exclaims. "One kid was running Logic and had a whole session set up before we were gone."
The studio build-out ended with music teachers from Cass Tech assembling talented students together for a few sessions. With Big Sean watching, listening and offering advice, the first-time studio users were able to see how music productions comes together in a real professional studio.
"These kids have never been in a studio before and it was incredible to see them performing," Iulianelli states. "Big Sean was giving them tips, memorizing their lines and singing them back to them. It was blowing their minds to have someone they care about so much doing that for them."
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