Students learn recording techniques, computer composition, digital technology and
multimedia production and work closely with student musicians, faculty and guest artists
The minor in Audio Recording is designed to provide you with applicable knowledge
and skills in audio recording and music production. Within the context of a liberal
arts degree in music, students develop competencies in aural and music analysis, the
use of audio hardware and software, microphone theory and technique, and the application
of sound in media. Students will also learn how to apply their knowledge of acoustics
in the recording studio, edit and manipulate audio, solve technical and artistic problems,
and communicate with performers. Skills are developed through the execution of projects
in various recording situations, studio settings and musical genres.
Studios A and B
Two computer music studios (Studios A and B) function as small classrooms and workspaces
for students and faculty. These studios house digital recording equipment, synthesizers,
samplers, sound processors and other equipment required for electronic composition
students and those enrolled in audio recording classes.
The Recording studio (Studio C) is the nerve center of the school's recording operations.
It is open around the clock for School of Music recordings, technology courses and
This state-of-the-art studio houses a digital console, digital audio workstation and
an extensive selection of microphones and outboard gear. It is fully equipped for
stereo, surround and audio-for-video production. The recording studio is connected
to seven performance and rehearsal spaces throughout the School of Music. In addition,
there are two electronic/computer music studio facilities.
Audio Recording Faculty
Reginald Bain has composed a wide variety of instrumental and vocal music that has
been performed by leading artists across the U.S. and Europe. He has written extensively
for the theater and is an accomplished electro-acoustic composer whose works employ
unique tuning systems, algorithmic approaches, and musical sonification techniques.
Jeff Francis, audio engineer, worked for 8 years as an engineer for Sony Classical
Productions (now Sony Music) in New York City, where he had the honor of working with
diverse talent including Yo-Yo Ma, Wynton Marsalis, Emmanuel Ax, Bobby McFerrin, Placido
Domingo, Itzhak Perlman, and composer/conductor John Williams. He participated in
the recording of many Grammy award nominated and winning projects.