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PC Music Suites
Counterpoint MTC specialises in the supply and support of music ICT suites to schools and colleges throughout the UK. The Solutions team offer a unique combination of music technology skills and networking experience, supporting both Microsoft and Apple platforms.
Professional music applications place huge demands upon hardware and network infrastructure. Compatibility and correct configuration are crucial if systems are going to perform correctly and allow teachers to teach, rather than spending their time troubleshooting. Counterpoint are experts in designing and supporting these solutions for both PC and Mac environments.
Music ICT Suite design services include:
- Software Recommendations
- Hardware Compatibility Advice
- Networking & Integration Proposals
- Room Layout Plans
- Furniture Specifications
- Bespoke Training Proposals
- Technical Support Recommendations
Software Network Configuration
Many of the most popular Music and Media software titles such as Apple Logic & Final Cut, Steinberg Cubase, Pro Tools and Sibelius are designed to work on standalone machines with no network integration. Counterpoint have developed specialist configuration options which allow these applications to operate robustly within a schools existing network infrastructure.
The advantages of software network configurations include:
- A Secure Place to Store Work
On networked solutions users are not able to delete or modify other peoples work.
- Back Up Work and Resources
In a networked environment student work and teacher resources can be backed up each night. Should a hard drive fail on a system, work can be restored quickly.
- Students Can Work on Any Machine
As student work will reside on a server, students can work from any station. This is invaluable when class dynamics require a student to move. In addition if a student has to move due to a hard drive failure their work will immediately be available to them.
- Allows Recording Studio Integration
Networked departments allow projects to be started in the classroom, acoustic tracks added in the studio, and the work finished back in the classroom. This dramatically increases the number of students who have access to the studio and increases the amount of time students have to work on projects.
- Student / Teacher Interaction
On networked solutions teacher's can use classroom management software to view student screens, show students the teacher screen, disable keyboards & mice, and more.
- Share Resources & Hand-In
Networked solutions allow a shared resources area to be configured allowing teaching staff to rapidly make templates and resources available to students. Similarly hand-in folders allow students to pass work files to teachers quickly and easily.
"Working with Counterpoint has been really easy. They are very approachable - I can phone them at any time and never feel like I am interrupting them, which is important. It is clear they have a vast amount of experience and as a result, I always feel like they are on my side, which has provided peace of mind."
- Alexandra Rowbotham, Roundwood Park School