Audio Recording & Production

Audio Recording & Production Studio

The Campbell Commons Makerspace offers audio production and recording equipment for student use.

COVID Restrictions: For student safety, the following restrictions are currently in place:

  • The audio recording workstation is limited to two students at a time (one performer in the microphone booth inside the makerspace, one engineer/producer at the workstation in the main room).
  • The beatmaking & composition workstation is limited to one student at a time.
  • Playback and monitoring must be done through headphones.

Audio Recording Workstation

(Reservation recommended)

  • Audio-Technica BP40 Microphone
  • Presonus AudioBox USB Input
  • Logic Pro Software
  • GarageBand Software
  • Native Instruments Software and Sample Libraries
  • FL Studio Software
  • Adobe Audition Software

Beatmaking & Composition Workstation

(First come, first served)

  • Native Instruments Maschine MK2 Interface
  • Nektar Impact LX49+ Keyboard/Controller
  • Native Instruments Software and Sample Libraries
  • FL Studio Software
  • Adobe Audition Software
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Audio equipment and expertise provided by our 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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