Students in the Commercial Music Program have personalized access to the department's recording studios, Mac and PC labs, and mixing rooms to work on their projects. Many courses in the division's course matrix feature lab time when students work individually and in groups in order to adequately prepare them for the rigors of the professional world in the creative arts where meeting deadlines is of maximum importance.
Studio A is the flagship recording facility for the Commercial Music Department at LSC-PA. The room features a newly installed 24-channel Toft console with an additional 24 available channels for playback and mixing. This desk combines the best elements of traditional analog recording with the modern workflow found in most major commercial and project studio facilities. The studio uses Avid Pro Tools for recording, mixing and editing along with Logic Pro and Cubase and Reason for sequencing and beat making.
Studio A Partial Gear List
- Toft ATB24 Analog Console
- Genelec Surround Sound Monitors
- Avid Pro Tools HD 11.0
- Manley Dynamics Processors
- SSL and Grace Preamplifiers
- Waves Bundle
- Tube Tech and Universal Audio Dynamics Processors
- Lexicon Reverbs
Studio B is a smaller production area with a custom built Creation Station PC with a Mackie Control Surface and Tannoy monitors. This studio has recently been renovated for surround sound mixing, advanced sequencing and songwriting and acoustic tracking. The studio is outfitted with Pro Tools 11, Nuendo, Cubase and Reason as well. The room is ideal for small rehearsals, individual tracking and is a very busy workspace for our students as well.
Studio C is the department's dedicated mix room. This room is outfitted with a powerful Mac computer running Pro Tools 11, Final Cut, Reason, and Logic Pro. In addition to the Control 24, the room features several preamplifiers and Mackie monitors.
The PC Lab is used for the Commercial Music division's music theory and composition courses. The 22 seat lab is set up with Finale notation software and the Practica Musica ear training suite. This lab is also used as a quiet place to work in between classes. Each station has an M-Audio Oxygen keyboard as well.
The Commercial Music Department has a 10-seat lab with brand new iMac G5's. Each of these computers features Pro Tools 11, Reason, Logic Pro, and Native Instruments' Komplete 9. The lab also features the Adobe CS suite for multimedia production and video editing. Each station also comes equipped with an Avid M-Box for independent monitoring.
The Roland Piano lab features 16 individual stations with 88-key Roland KF7 keyboards with weighted action and dozens of sounds. The lab has an instructor station that facilitates private communication between the teacher and each student. This ensures each performance is individually assessed and evaluated without distraction. Students may use the room to practice and create their own compositions throughout each semester as well. In the back of the room, the Commercial Music division is proud to house a Yamaha grand piano which sounds beautiful!
(Chair of Commercial Music John Freyermuth teaches the basics of cables during Audio Electronics)
In our restored music hall, students learn the real-world crafts of live sound and music performance. This 200+ seat venue boasts a JBL sound system, all new stage lighting and a brand new Soundcraft digital live console. Also housed in the Music Hall is a full electronic repair facility where students are taught the skills needed for audio electronics. Sound, Lighting and performance are all done by students for live audiences during the semester.