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API's Visionary Scholarship Winner: Gibran Sponchiado

Last week we began our API Visionary Scholarship winner series with Jacob Rains. Today we continue the series with winner Gibran Sponchiado. In order to qualify for the scholarship, students must be enrolled and continuing to attend an institute of higher education that features a 1608, Vision, Legacy or Legacy Plus console in their program's studio.

Gibran Sponchiado is a Masters student in his third year at Middle Tennessee State University. He is currently enrolled in the Recording Arts and Technology program at MTSU, where an API Vision console is available to students. After finishing school, Sponchiado plans to be very busy as a professional producer and audio engineer, to teach at the undergraduate level and to own a recording studio in partnership with friends.

"One Kiss at a Time", Sponchiado's winning submission to the scholarship, was recorded as part of his Production classes. "I was the producer and co-engineer with Paula Hernandez. I mixed the final version later in my home studio. As a producer, I went through arranging, instrumentation, finding musicians, and coaching everything the musicians recorded. I also played keys. The recording process was made with a tracking session (drums, scratch guitars, keys and vocal) at MTSU's Studio B followed by several overdubs in various locations. The entire production took about two months of work. I remixed the song in 2015 after taking an Advanced Mixing Seminar; the improvements from the original mix are noticeable."

Even when he's not at school, Sponchiado says he is a "proud user of API gear. I normally use API preamps, EQ's, and compressors in my sessions. They add nice warmth to the sound and are normally very smooth. I have found those characteristics to be quite musical. I tell that to anyone who asks me about gear."

2016's Visionary Scholarship will open for submissions on January 1st, 2016. Submissions will be accepted until April 1st, 2016, and winners will be announced by June 30th, 2016.