Student Recording Studio

By Rigel Le Claire

Volume 67, No. 3

The JC Recording Studio Equipment. Photo by Ellie Beckner

Unknown to most, a recording studio is available for students to use in the Johnson Center on the northside of the first floor. The studio is a five-room suite with rooms for different types of recording that can be accessed by contacting a music production student.

The studio, also known as the music lab, was designed for music students, but, as Technical Coordinator Joshua McManaway explains, music is no longer a strong major at Malone. The studio is now used less than in any previous year. 

A large instrument room is available for recording piano, guitar and other instruments. There is also a drum room and a vocal recording room. The glass and cream walls create a bright space filled with microphones and tools of music. 

Professors have used the studio to record sound effects and speech for class. Currently, the tech studio may be better for recording voice over video.

Many students have used the studio for music or other projects. The Celebration worship team plans to use this space to record an extended play (EP) album in the near future.

“At one point we had 25 or 28 majors in music technology and they were in and out of that lab all the time,” Michael Benson, music department chair, said.

Music production is no longer available as a major to new students because the program has been cut. Demand for music programs have dwindled recently to the point where it made sense to downsize.

There are only three music production majors currently at Malone and they will be the last for the foreseeable future. Due to its lack of use, other students are encouraged to utilize the studio.

“Every space at Malone—[whether] it’s a science lab or computer lab or digital arts lab—should be open to all students,” Benson said. “I think we’re going to continue to explore ways that everyone at Malone will have access to the [studio] space.”

Any current Malone student can use the recording studio for free. Leaving such a space unused is a waste of resources as well as creativity and education opportunities.

“The only requirement is that they get in contact with a production student so the production student can be there in the studio with them just to keep things in check [and to] make sure everyone knows what’s going on,” said Graham Kondak, a music production major. 

“The studio is here, and so we might as well be using it and if there’s people on campus who want a studio to use, we want this resource to be here for them,” Kondak said.

The studio has been made open for students to use before. Dr. Ballard, a former music professor, had the studio open for students as long as it was not occupied. Even though it has been made able to use, use of the studio has not before been advertised to be used for students.

Previously there was a paper schedule on the door of the studio, but the room is not used enough for there to be a time conflict.

“I would encourage someone to take the MUS 172 [music technology] course to have access to the space,” said Benson.

Students can use many of the instruments as long as they are taken care of and the student knows how to use them. 

Other than Kondak, the music production majors are Hannah Robinson and Xerxes Smith. Contact Linda Hamilton, Michael Benson, or one of these students to ask about using the studio.

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