Here at SoundCloud are tracks that have been recorded, mixed and mastered in our Recording Studio at St. Ignatius College Preparatory.
Some of the first tracks shared on the channel were recorded at the Iglesia Santa Maria in Tolosa, Spain using our original Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 and the AKG 451Bs. I referenced this tour, the early years of the studio and the student who co-built Studio 2001 Gabe Todaro ’12 in this article.
Welcome back to the Recording Studio series.
Below is an article from Genesis, a magazine published quarterly by St. Ignatius College Preparatory, where I had the opportunity to ‘project manage’, from start to finish (actually any good project is in some sort of a work-in-progress), the building of a full service Recording Studio. These kinds of opportunities don’t simply fall out of the sky; in fact, this article will have been written nearly three years after our initial acquisition of a Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 and 2 AKG 451s.
Over the course of three years, together with a team of colleagues and professional engineers, we’ve created a space for those students interested in audio engineering to pursue their curiosity, utilizing some of the industry’s most professional audio components and microphones.
I have also documented the work we’ve accomplished on the studio in these photo albums:
This is the first post in an ongoing series about the Recording Studio I created at St. Ignatius College Preparatory.
First Step: Have something to Record
In 2012 we had a senior in the music department that for the most part knew he was going to be Recording Engineering major in college. That same year I arranged a performance tour with my choir to Europe on an itinerary that traced the places Ignatius of Loyola lived and worked during his lifetime. On his first, semi-professional gig, Gabe accompanied the group as the recording engineer, capturing some amazing sessions in Europe’s most amazing churches to record choirs. He learned a ton; we were able to document some spectacular moments on the choir tour, and everyone benefits!
The gear we purchase for the tour and some of the first pieces in our inventory:
Here are some tracks from that tour:
It would take nearly 2 years for those and several other songs to be released on the Chamber Singers second CD “Listen“. The ‘studio’ during this interim would essentially lay dormant until Gabe and I start to dream big about the possibility of laying the foundation towards a Recording Program at St. Ignatius College Prep in the spring of 2014.