New ‘Main Street Studios’ fine-tune MTSU recording industry’s ‘Grammy-winner factory’ reputation

Students, faculty, staff and supporters of MTSU’s internationally renowned Department of Recording Industry joined administrators Friday night, Dec. 3, to welcome the public inside the relocated Studios D and E — nearly 5,000 square feet of customized, expandable, “world-class” classroom, laboratory, production and gathering space adjoining the university’s main entrance.

“It took the dedication and commitment of the university and so many of our faculty members and friends to bring this project to fruition,” said recording industry professor Dan Pfeifer, an MTSU School of Music alumnus and pro engineer and producer who minored in the department where he’s been teaching since 1991.

Pfeifer, who also coordinates the department’s audio internships for students, co-chaired the Main Street Studios project.

“We’re fortunate to have so many talented students in our program, and now that they have these state-of-the-art facilities, I can’t wait to see what they do.”

The students, faculty and staff couldn’t quite wait to see what the new facility could do, either.

The worldwide supply-chain issues still delaying everything from toys to tomatoes also slowed delivery of speaker stands and other equipment that Audio Production Program  undergrads and Master of Fine Arts in Recording Arts and Technologies students needed to work on projects and professors needed to get their students a little studio time.

So they found sturdy temporary setups, and the learning and teaching and listening commenced.

Having the larger studio setup designed by acclaimed architect Peter Grueneisen with

Solid State Logic consoles, Avid Pro Tools industry-standard production software, Adam Audio main monitors and PhantomFocus HD-1000 monitors made their tasks easier.

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