The music department has unveiled dramatic improvements to its recording studios: new Mac Pro computers, ProTools HD9 software, enhanced acoustic treatment, additional professional quality microphones, Lipinski 505 speakers and a headphone monitoring system.
¿Almost every student in the music department ends up in the recording studios for one reason or another,¿ says music Professor Arthur Winer says. ¿The studios are in constant use during the school year and are very important to the music department.¿
Music alumni have said that working in a professional atmosphere makes a difference in their careers. Their experience at Cal Poly Pomona¿s recording studio allows them to be more at ease and gain the trust of their employers in a ¿real world¿ studio environment.
¿The recording classes present classic examples of Cal Poly Pomona¿s learn by doing approach to education,¿ Winer says. ¿I instruct students on techniques and on how to use the equipment, but then they use this knowledge to work on projects of their choosing. This hands-on experience helps students feel at ease with state-of-the-art equipment when they encounter it in the professional world.¿
While these are dramatic improvements, Winer is quick to point out that the studios have been at a professional level for years and that these are enhancements to make them more up-to-date.
The studio is used by the music recording I and II, tracking and mixing, and the digital mastering, editing and delivery courses. In addition, seniors often use the studio for their final project.
The College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences funded the improvements from its budget for technological advancements. Winer planned the renovations and technician Will Wright-Hooks implemented them.