A new recording studio will soon bring music to our ears, as Hilltop Studios officially takes up residence in the basement of University Hall.
The space down the hall from the laundry room in University Hall’s basement was nothing but storage, and before that, it was a game room. Now, it is a recording studio in the making.
Renovations began last year with the additions of walls and an isolation booth. Everything the studio has thus far is from donations primarily from the Global Communications Center, Dingledine and Constance.
The music department has also helped with this project, donating computers and soundboards.
Students majoring in music business are working toward getting the studio to a fully functional level by next fall. Co-presidents and juniors Scott Dean and Charlie Jacobs plan to achieve this goal by splitting participants into three teams.
The first team will be in charge of the social media accounts, mass-producing flyers, posters and all promotional materials.
The team plans on putting information about the studio on posters with famous album covers. The promotional team will also be in charge of fundraising events such as bake sales or benefit concerts.
Next is the developmental team. Once the organization has the funds to purchase items, it is going to add on to the studio, creating a more professional vibe. The teams brainstormed and collaborated, and one of its ideas was to decorate the studio with vinyl records on the ceiling.
Club members said they hope to replace the harsh lights and soundproof the walls. They are working to raise $1,100 to get the studio to a presentable level and start test trials next semester.
The last team is artist relations, which is in charge of booking artists and managing studio time a month in advance. Eventually, they will be taught how to mix recordings by using programs such as Pro Tools.
When the studio is established, it will be open to everyone on campus. It is a work for hire organization, which means they will charge $20 per hour for recording time.
After the artists record music, they are able to keep it for personal use, but Bradley can help distribute it and even have it played on The Edge.
“The studio is not only an investment in the students in the recording arts, but also to the university itself,” Dean said.