2 Weeks / Noncredit

Recording Studio Techniques & Practice Program

Orientation and move-in is on Saturday, July 1.  Last day of classes is Friday, July 14.

In this exciting summer program for high school students, you’ll learn the fundamentals of audio production in a recording studio environment. Topics include microphone technique, tracking, editing, mixing, and mastering. These techniques are applicable to music, film, animation, gaming, and more.

Sound is in all types of media. If you watch movies, television, play games, or listen to music, you’re listening to sound that has been recorded and then carefully prepared for the media being consumed. This course introduces you to the tools and practices of audio production in a recording studio and mixing studio environment. From microphone technique to mastering, you’ll experience the full production process.

This course is hands-on. Every day we’ll investigate different techniques of sound production. You’ll see and hear for yourself how these techniques influence the material we record, and ultimately affect your audience. The world of recorded sound is a vast and fascinating place. This is a great course to get you started, or to refine your techniques if you already work with sound.

Bring your projects and ideas. The course runs on your creativity. Bring your videos, films, animations, songs, musical instruments, game projects. Bring anything you want to make noise with, and we’ll show you how to record it and what to do with your recordings. I’m happy to consult with you before you come to Syracuse if you’re not sure what to bring. It is not a requirement to bring a project in as we’ll have plenty to keep us busy.

To learn more about SU’s Transmedia Department, visit http://vpa.syr.edu/art-design/transmedia.

Program Costs:

*Program rates are subject to change and will be approved by the board of trustees in March.

  • Residential: $2,855
  • Commuter: $1,993

Faculty Bio

Heath Hanlin – Associate Professor, Transmedia

Professor Heath Hanlin is a wholesome boy from the Midwest who likes to make really weird animations and music. He has been working as a media artist and musician since 1989, when he found a Boss dual-delay pedal, a microphone, and a dying cassette recorder in the basement of an abandoned house in Iowa City, Iowa. His animations, virtual realities, interactive media, music, deadly noise, and installations have been shown and performed in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Prague, Tokyo, Kobe, and many other places that don’t sound as cool, like Lexington, Kentucky, and Denver, Colorado.  He received an M.F.A. in art and technology from The Ohio State University in 1998. He is currently an associate professor of Transmedia at Syracuse University. Current projects include a new recording with his performance group and the score for a feature film, currently in post-production.

Click here to see Professor Hanlin’s work.