Recording Industry students “Shure” are winners

2014 Shure Winners

MTSU’s Shure winners are (left to right): Professor Bill Crabtree, Jimmy Mansfield, Charlie Garcia, Ryan Smith (regional manager for Shure Inc.),  Frank Gerdts, Sam Hillman and Dr. Doug Bielmeier. (MTSU photo by Andy Heidt)

Four seniors in the Department of Recording Industry were presented in May with $11,000 worth of microphone and studio equipment as the grand-prize winners of Shure Inc.’s  “Fantastic Scholastic Recording Competition.”

Students Frank Gerts, Charlie Garcia, Jimmy Mansfield and Sam Hillman won the competition by producing Angel Snow’s “In My Head,” an original composition that is part of the recently released “RIMusic 17” annual compilation of student work.

Shure, a leading manufacturer of microphones and audio electronics, sponsors the annual event created for audio engineering students in universities across the U.S. and Canada. Students receive standardized “microphone lockers” – kits containing professional recording equipment – that must be used to complete the recording project. The final track is then judged by industry professionals, who evaluate the work for overall fidelity, clarity and sonic balance as well as selection and placement of microphones.

As the winning school, MTSU now gets to keep the Shure “microphone locker” recording equipment. Each member of the winning team also received a Shure microphone package worth $1,000.

MTSU RI students also took home the national grand prize in 2012. (MTSU wasn’t eligible to compete in 2013).

Click here to listen to “In My Head.”


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