AC Facilities’ Miller Helps Studio Music Production Class Study Mic Techniques

Posted on March 23rd, 2018 by Allendale Columbia School

by Gabe Costanzo 

Studio Music Production students tested various microphone arrangements in a study of stereo mic techniques Thursday morning. In order to do so, they needed a test subject. That’s where AC Facilities Manager Mark Miller came in. Mark has a long history of playing string instruments and singing in country, bluegrass, and folk outfits.

For the Studio Music Production class, he picked and sang while the class adjusted microphone positions and recorded him using “spaced pair,” “X/Y coincident,” and “ORTF” mic arrangements. Later, the class evaluated the sounds of each recording to better understand the techniques they are learning to use. Mr. Miller was a great subject, and the class enjoyed hearing him perform and capturing his sound on recordings.

Studio Music Production is a class offered to students in grades 9 through 12, developed for students to form a foundational base of knowledge and skills in music production, recording techniques, sound engineering, and the recording industry. These foundational tools will be put to good use as students learn to use them to express themselves creatively in sound. Now in its first semester, ten students are enrolled, with at least one from each grade in upper school.
Gabriel Costanzo

Gabriel Costanzo

As an instrumental music teacher at Allendale Columbia School, Gabe teaches 4th Grade Band, 5th Grade Band, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, and Music Theory. He held the David M. Pynchon Chair in the Visual and Performing Arts from 2008 - 2013 and is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. He earned bachelor's degrees in Music Education and Music Composition from SUNY College at Fredonia and a master's degree in Music Composition from Bowling Green State University. You can also find him on horn and vocals for the local band The Buddhahood.
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