I. The Crescent Underground Recording Studio is a state-of-the-art facility with priorities in the following areas:
- Teaching student recording engineers and encouraging their potential projects
- Providing access to quality recording opportunities for independent student music groups
- Providing a cheaper studio alternative for official student groups working on ongoing recording projects (e.g., a cappella groups, etc.)
II. Set-up and Inventory
The CURS has two computers equipped with Protools 7 and Protools 8, connected to a Digi002. The newest computer also has Reason, MIDI capabilities, Logic Express, and internet access. The studio also has 2 SM57s, a Baby Bottle (Blue) mic, two vocal mics, an electric drumset, a full keyboard, multiple amps, as well as a variety of cables. The studio set-up is capable of recording up to 8 live tracks at once.
For more information about the studio, please contact the studio managers, Sofia Campoamor (MC ‘19) and Andrew Lingenfelter (MC ’ 19). Team applications will be emailed to Morse and Stiles students at the beginning of fall term. Training sessions will be organized throughout the term.
IV. The Process
I want to use the Studio!
What do I do?
I am a(n)…
… Independent musician, performing artist, etc., who would like to record something using the CURS.
- Contact any of the engineers on the engineer team (listed outside the studio and online). Describe your project in your email, in detail.
- If an engineer is available and interested, he/she will contact you to arrange a recording date.
- Your engineer will send you a copy of the ‘musician-hiring-engineer’ contract to facilitate payment, if necessary (some engineers may be willing to do some projects for free), as well as a copy of studio guidelines.
- Meet, record, and expect an edited track back to you soon enough!
- Pay by the end of the week in which you receive your track (if applicable).
… Business manager for an official musical group such as an a cappella group, official undergraduate organization, etc.
- Contact the studio director to let him/her know that you are interested in recording an extensive project using the space.
- Read over the studio guidelines (available online and in the Head of College Offices).
- Arrange a meeting between the professional engineer on the project (if there is no professional engineer, you may be asked to hire a CURS engineer to sit in on your project) and the studio director.
- Lay down dates and times to reserve the space, sign the appropriate contract.
- Record away!
- Provide rental payment by the end of each calendar month for that month’s use.
… Morse or Stiles student who is interested in studio engineering and would like to join the engineering team at CURS.
- Contact the studio director.
- Come to a training session!
- Apply to be a part of the team.
- Sit in on at least 4 hours of a current engineer’s work—both recording and mixing/editing.
- Sign the engineer’s contract.
- Get your swipe access!
- Come up with your own projects, reserve the space for free, and engineer away!