Volume 47, Number 5 - October 19, 2009

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North Campus Plans For New Sound Studio

By Laurie Charles

The School of Entertainment and Design Technology at the North campus is in the early stages of architectural planning for a new sound recording studio and lecture hall.

The sound recording studio, which will be built in Room 2140, will feature a music ensemble recording room, multiple recording booths, a sound mix room, a control booth, and a foley-stage for recording sound effects.

The lecture hall, which will be built in Room 2147, will be used to accommodate lecture-style classes, SEDT master-classes and demonstrations, seminars, and film screenings. A date for when the project will be completed has not been established.

“The new facilities will provide SEDT students the ability to gain hands-on training in the technologies required to better prepare them for a successful career in the entertainment industry,” said Cristina Mateo, dean for administration.

With an approximate budget of $2 million the construction of the recording studio and lecture hall will be funded by Public Education Capital Outlay funds, which are restricted by the state for renovation projects in educational institutions.

The creation of the recording studio and lecture hall will collaborate all of the programs offered by SEDT.

“Not only will these two new facilities allow our students to gain hands-on training using state-of-the-art technology, but the SEDT students from all disciplines will be able to access their projects from any of the facilities, thereby allowing more collaboration between our music, film, TV, computer animation, and graphic design students,” said Barry Gordon, director of the School of Entertainment and Design Technology.

The new addition will allow  music business students  to record and create musical productions; TV production students will record music, narration, dub dialog tracks, create special sound effects, and mix all soundtracks in their productions; computer animation students will be able to record music, sound effects, and create a final mix track for their animated projects, while graphic design/web design students will also be able to record musical selections and create sound effects and dialogue/narration tracks for their web designs, according to Mateo.

The recording studio and lecture hall will not only serve SEDT students, but will also be open to other programs including MDC Productions Summer Camp, MDC-TV, special screenings, entertainment workshops, master classes, seminars, and Dade County Public Schools visits and workshops.

It will also serve as a site for special events associated with the Miami International Film Festival.

“All of the faculty and staff are looking forward to the new sound recording facilities and lecture hall at the School of Entertainment and Design Technology at the North Campus,” Gordon said.

“I am surprised at the fact that we will have a recording studio. I think it is a great idea and will benefit students in SEDT,” said Janelle Bello, 27, an education major.

In May of 2010, SEDT will offer a new Bachelor of Applied Science in Film, Television, and Digital Production degree program.

“The new facilities will place SEDT at the forefront of the digital age of film and television production and the convergence of the technologies involved in all types of production,” Gordon said, “Students receiving the baccalaureate degree from SEDT will be well-poised for immediate employment in the highly-competitive South Florida entertainment industry.”

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