Audio Engineering Society Concert Series Features Student Musicians and New Gear

For more than 15 years, the Audio Engineering Society (AES) has hosted the AES Concert Series, in which artists and bands affiliated with Webster University perform for live audiences.

The concert series features Webster students who major in everything from EDM and rap to pop and rock. These four musical genres were presented during the last set on November 4. During this set, Webster University music major and senior Hannah Wozniak performed songs like Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition” and Maroon 5’s “Sunday Morning” with the band Saint Chuck. .

“We’re a pop-oriented band,” Wozniak said. “We do a lot of country and blues, but we’re basically a pop cover band.”

In addition to performing live, the band also posts reels to their Instagram, @saintchuckmusic.

What sets this concert series apart from previous years are the new renovations at Sverdrup. With classrooms already complete and studios finished next semester, students have more resources than ever before.

Casey Hunter is one of two AES advisors and an assistant professor at Webster University. He is also director of the department of aesthetics and audio technology studios.

“The new construction at Sverdrup houses three new audio studios, three isolation booths, a new recording room and two ear technique training rooms/mixing suites,” Hunter said. “Some of the highlights of the new gear are a new 32-channel API audio console. This is the centerpiece of Studio A.

The new gear is useful for AES members or audio majors like Wozniak, who majored in sound recording and engineering in addition to a Bachelor of Arts in music.

“I saw a photo of the new board and it looks really nice,” Wozniak said. “I think it’s really exciting, and I think it’ll be really good for the students, especially because the good thing about the audio department is that we can apply our education in a very practical and real sense, and I thinks the studio will only push this forward.

While some students will benefit from recording music, others will benefit from using real-world skills, whether it’s operating the sound card, mixing audio files, or even recording music. podcasts.

“Music students should be able to record material; film, animation and video production [students] should be able to produce amazing sound effects and post-production work, as well as game design [students] should be able to incorporate immersive sound and soundscapes into their products,” Hunter said. “All equipment was chosen with the idea of ​​allowing audio students to work with others, creating the most real-life conditions and experiences possible.”

With the new renovations complete, the opportunities for Webster students to explore music recording are wide open.

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