Audio Recording & Production

Audio Recording & Production Studio

The Campbell Commons Makerspace features a mini-studio for audio production and recording.

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Audio equipment and expertise provided by our Partner-in-Education, Dirt Cheep Music

Our Studio So Far:

  • 27″ iMac
  • Native Instruments Maschine MK2 Interface & Software
  • Presonus AudioBox USB Input
  • Presonus Studio One Multitrack Recording Software
  • Presonus Eris E3.5 Studio Monitors
  • Audio-Technica BP40 microphone
  • Headphones for monitoring/mixing
  • Ongoing support from our school’s Partner in Education, Dirt Cheep Music.

Why a Recording Studio?

Many of our students are interested in music and entertainment, but they lack access to the equipment needed to learn these skills. With provide students with the space and equipment needed to record vocal and instrumental performances, to compose and record beats and electronic music, and to combine their recordings into polished final products. Examples of these products might include:

  • Music demo recordings for distribution to professional agents and producers
  • “Mix-tape” collections of their compositions for distribution to family and friends
  • Recordings of audition solos for performing arts college admissions or scholarships
  • High-quality podcasts with music, sound effects, etc.
  • Voice-over tracks for documentaries, animations, or instructional videos
  • Recordings of speech in a foreign language for evaluation or instruction

These experiences give students the opportunity to express themselves and exercise their creativity, but they also provide a number of curricular tie-ins, including:

  • Science (acoustics, resonance)
  • Technology (specialized audio software and hardware)
  • Engineering (analog signal capture, digital signal processing)
  • Arts (music, language arts)
  • Mathematics (harmonics, logarithmic measures of signal strength, time signatures)

Also, students learn valuable soft skills, including collaboration and organization.

Here’s a short video about our first day using the new equipment:

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