Audio Recording & Production Studio
The Campbell Commons Makerspace features a mini-studio for audio production and recording.
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.
Reserving Studio Time
- Step 1: Create an account on Sign Up Genius. Be sure to verify the a account email before proceeding.
- Step 2: Open the Calendar and Reserve Times
Student’s can reserve time during the school day, during lunch blocks, or after school. Times are available a 14 days in advance, and each student is limited to reserving five time slots at a time. To use the equipment during class time, students must have a pass from their scheduled teacher.
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: