Tyneside-based customisable audio company FCP Audio has announced that it has expanded into the US education sector following an agreed partnership with a career and technology centre in South Carolina.
Anderson Career and Technology Centre has announced that they'll be using the company's full library of educational audio software, designed to help its students customise audio for their creative video projects.
Since launching in 2017, FCP Audio has seen its service and its software - designed for creatives using Apple's video editing software Final Cut Pro X - downloaded in over 150 countries, swiftly establishing itself as one of the world's first fully customisable Royalty Free audio platforms.
Backed by international demand from all corners of the education sector, the company has announced it will be offering its music to the world's colleges and universities and is about to roll out a full-scale expansion throughout the United Kingdom.
It is estimated that this move will earn FCP Audio an additional £345,000 yearly revenue and will lead to the creation of three more jobs in the North East of England.
Speaking about its new relationship with the Tyneside music tech firm, Winston A. Cely, media broadcasting video instructor at ACTC, said: “I couldn’t be happier with the quality and diversity of the music FCP Audio gave us. We are only just now slowly implementing the music, but the feedback from the students has been very positive.
“What attracted me to FCP Audio, in particular, was the way my students would be able to create new audio tracks and not be limited to the versions that were pre-made.
“I would encourage other schools and colleges in the USA to use FCP Audio, because it’s simple to install and use, and the value is phenomenal. You’re not just getting the music track, you’re getting all the elements that make the track so you can make different tracks or versions for the price of one track. You can’t beat that.
“I’m constantly searching for new material to come up with the best way to teach motion picture production to my 10th, 11th, and 12th-grade students. The general goal of my course is structured to teach pre-production, production and post-production and FCP Audio has helped us meet these needs head-on.”
Meanwhile, Ryan Davidson, co-founder of FCP Audio and in-house music creator/engineer at its Newcastle base has said his company is ready to provide the younger generation of film enthusiasts with discounted packages of first-class customisable music on a global scale.
He added: “The contact we received from ACTC ended up being the catalyst for us focusing more resources into bringing our educational plan fully to life.
“Our website now features an education page where worldwide schools, colleges and universities can create bespoke packages with huge discounts.
“It has always been our intention to appeal to the global market. As far as the educational sector goes, I think we will be mostly focusing on the US and UK for the moment but have plans to go fully global in the next three years.
“I can speak for our whole team in saying that knowing we are making a difference to the quality of education of film students is very rewarding. It is great to meet other creatives who are on our wavelength and love how the products work. We look forward to reaching out to other US educational institutions in the coming weeks and months.”
FCP Audio has confirmed that they expect at least a further ten US schools and colleges to be on board and using their products by the end of 2018.
The team has also revealed the launch of their new “SoundScores” service aimed at the advanced FCPX user.
This includes the provision of hundreds of individual musical, rhythmical and foley elements allowing customers to build high-end extensive and layered arrangements. They are also in the process of creating the world's most comprehensive sound effects library for the world's most forward-thinking film producers and directors.
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