by Briyahna Rice
On May 2nd, the FTC gym was transformed to host the Tools of the Trade event hosted by B&H. The purpose of the event was to bring together companies such as Sony, Westcott, Sennheiser, MSI, Roland, B&H, and others to set up vendor booths to show off their gear. As a few of the microphones that FTC uses are Sennheiser, this was a great chance for students to see the product upgrades in the future if they want to further purse careers in audio engineering, film or mass communication.
Professor Charlie DesJardin spoke to The Record on the importance of this event. “I just wanted students to get hands on with new technology that’s coming up- cameras, monitors, and mics to keep them up to date with how much technology is changing. This is a cool little event where it's here on school grounds. And B&H has always been great with us,” he said.
ICYMI: Company Highlights
B&H, who orchestrated the event, are a leading innovator of technology at your fingertips. From IT & Storage, audio visual, photography, to video cameras and printers, they promote their reasonable prices. From the federal marketplace, Schools K-12, small businesses, churches, healthcare centers, corporate offices, and even colleges, B&H provides many different types of equipment. Their main store is located on 420 Ninth Avenue New York NY, 10001.
To start, MSI came out as the leading brand in gaming and eSports with their top of the line cloud servers, notebook PCs, desktop PCs, motherboards, and so much more; all of which are made with top notch quality and durability. Not only does MSI specialize in gaming, but they’re sponsored by more than 20 professional gaming teams worldwide. Their main store is located on 901 Canada Court, City of Industry, CA 91748.
Zoom is best known for their innovative and more importantly affordable audio equipment, something that audio engineering students and film students who need music scores here at FTC came surely get behind. From recording devices and multi effects processors, to drum machines and effects pedals, Zoom has everything anyone could need or want to a give their sound the quality that it needs. Aside from audio equipment, Zoom also offers top of the line field records with veteran sound design, handy recorders from their very own H series line that can stream, record, film, and even broadcast, video recorders from their Q series, and even Digital mixers from their L series that have 12 to 20 inputs, giving the user complete control over their sound production and quality. Their Long Island Store is located on 2040 Express Drive South, S 500 Hauppauge, New York 11788.
Throughout the event, there was a raffle to participate in and students were encouraged to use the #bhphoto to post on social media. Students who brought their IDs and class schedules could also sign up for educational discounts at the website BandH.com/EDU, or calling their number 866.276.1435.
FTC student and DJ, Billo Gatsonis enjoyed many aspects of Tools of the Trade, saying “This event benefits me because it gives me a lot of new audio equipment that can help with either the mic, or my music so it sounds better and clearer. And B&H has always been a great place or me to go to. So now that they’re here now is even more amazing and I get to see all these great products to help my career and business.”