Audio and Video Services
The School of Music Audio Department offers its services to all faculty, staff, students, non-students, campus organizations, ensembles, or visitors. The Audio Department offers both audio and video recording services for any size project from student recitals to large-scale commercial studio projects. They work with groups of any size from percussion soloists to symphony orchestras. The Audio Department provides PA services for a wide variety of applications, including simple vocal amplification, large jazz ensembles, and even theatre-filling 8 channel surround sound! In addition to supporting the ongoing live performances and studio projects of the School of Music, the Audio Department manages a music archive, offers media-transfer and duplication services, and provides technical knowledge and insight for future projects.
With an impressive number of venues to choose from, you are sure to find a space that is perfect for your project. You can tailor the sound of your performances by selecting a room with period-appropriate reverb times such as Smith Recital Hall, Smith Memorial Room, or the Krannert Center’s Great Hall. The Music Building Recording Studio offers an intimate feeling for medium-size ensembles. Spread out your large group between the Recording Studio and the adjoining Music Building Auditorium to take advantage of the wonderful wood floor and dual Steinway pianos. Assemble a compilation of your favorite performances, mix your studio project, or master your home recordings in the recording studio control room. Capture your jazz quartet’s live debut in Smith 25. The Audio Department occasionally offers alternate location recording as well; feel free to contact them for more options or to plan your next project.
In addition to recitals and session work, the Audio Department frequently amplifies and records jazz ensemble performances at the Krannert Center’s Festival Theatre, Playhouse, and Studio Theatre. They support the complex, often groundbreaking technical requirements of the Composition Department and The New Music Ensemble. During the summer months, the Audio Department captures many stunning performances at the annual Allerton Music Barn Festival. With venues in three buildings, hundreds of recordings each year, a world-class microphone collection, comprehensive knowledge of PA equipment and application, an appreciation for a wide variety of musical genres, and an impressive background of experience and abilities to pull from, the Audio Department provides a strong technical foundation that supports the artistry of the University of Illinois School of Music. For more information and to request services, download the Audio Services Request Form. The form must be completed and returned to Frank Horger at firstname.lastname@example.org.