Tonmeister Studies at NYU Steinhardt

Tonmeister Studies at NYU Steinhardt


[Intro Music] Professor Geluso: I function as the Chief Audio Engineer
in the James L. Dolan Recording Studio, and this studio functions as a facility for students
and faculty to record for the department, also serves as a classroom, and also as a
research facility. I teach a Tonmeister class, which is a 6
week course in classical production. We start off discussing sources, uh, classical instruments, uh,
sound radiation patterns, different types of ensembles. Then we talk a bit about microphone
technology, how microphones work, um, different pickup patterns, different, uh, technologies for
microphones, and then we put it altogether and have live hands-on recording sessions,
where we bring in experts players. We record in local churches, we record in
our hall downstairs, and we also do some recordings right here in the studio, so the students
have experience with how to work with musicians and get great sound in several spaces. Later,
we can listen to what happened and discuss the results. My goal is that they have a better understanding
of how to use microphones, a better appreciation for high-quality recordings, and every time
they listen to recorded sound, kind of log what they hear, what they like, what they
don’t like, and develop their own aesthetic. Part of my job is trying to put together a
collaborative spirit here and I’m very fortunate to have this studio where students from all
programs, such as Film Scoring, Songwriting, Performance, Composition, get a chance to
actually work together, and, with the resources we have available, they produce a very high
quality product. [Music Continues]

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