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New Audio Tech Lab Is Music to Students’ Ears

By Adrienne Frank

Audio tech's 70 students will begin working in the state-of-the-art lab in January. (Photo: Jeff Watts)

AU’s audio technology department has seen a 15 percent increase in enrollment over each of the last two years. And after the department opens its state-of-the-art lab in January, interest in the program—which focuses on the art and science of music technology—will continue to crescendo.

Located in the Kreeger terrace, the space features three recording rooms, mixing and post-production suites, and a digital audio room. It’s a big move for the department, which started in the late ’70s and was previously housed in the McKinley basement. Now part of the Department of Performing Arts in the College of Arts and Sciences, audio tech boasts 70 students and six faculty.

“There’s a lot of buzz in the industry around the lab,” said Matt Boerum, the department’s computer and audio technician and adjunct faculty member. “We now have a full-blown recording facility . . . just like you’d see at Capitol Records.”

A 2005 grad of AU’s audio technology program, Boerum said the new facility is “a dream come true.”

“Before I went to school, I wrote down on a piece of paper that I wanted to run a professional recording studio—and now I’m doing it,” he said. “It’s very exciting that we can finally bring this to students who have the same dream I did when I came to AU.”