Officially completed in 2008, the ETSU Recording Laboratory is a state-of-the-art recording studio on East Tennessee State University’s main campus. The recording lab is a roughly 950 square foot facility that features a spacious main tracking room, an isolation room, and comfortable control room. All of which is acoustically isolated from the rest of the building. The rooms are well treated with diffusion and sound absorption to make it an excellent sounding space for any type of recording for any genre of music. Since the studio was first built it has always been outfitted with high quality, state-of-the-art equipment. Please see the equipment list for more details.

ETSU students use the recording lab as a part of several audio production courses offered by the ETSU’s Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country music studies program. In these courses students learn about the physics of sound, studio signal flow, how to best record acoustic instruments, and how to use a digital audio workstation. Pro Tools Ultimate is the studio’s primary digital audio workstation and students learn to use it effectively for recording, editing, and mixing audio.

In 2016 the recording lab received a grant to replace the studio’s aging Digidesign C24 control surface with an API 1608 analog recording console. The console is the heart of the studio and provides 16 channels of high-quality preamps as well as provides more flexibility when recording and mixing. It has been a needed and welcome improvement to the studio space and has been valuable learning tool for students.

The recording lab can be rented for an hourly fee. ETSU faculty, staff, students, and alumni can rent the studio at a discounted rate. All projects are welcome from EP’s, Album projects, radio spots, dialog for TV/film, and audio books. The recording lab is capable of it all. Please contact Benjamin Bateson at bateson@etsu.edu for rates and availability.