A Unique Experience
The RecW's campus is a big factor in what makes attending its programs a special experience.
Great studios combined with close and affordable student housing maximizes the learning time per day. It's also just an excellent place to be - immersed 24/7 within a musically creative community.
The RecW offers convenient/on-campus student housing that is within a very short walk to all of our studios. Options include dorm-style houses with single room ($150 per week) or double room ($110 per week) assignments. Private cabins ($200 per week) are limited but also available. All are air-conditioned and have kitchen/bath facilities. Cookware and utensils are provided, but students are responsible for their own meal preparation, housekeeping, and bed linens. A convenience store and free laundry facilities are within easy walking distance. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout The RecW campus.
Our Recording Studios
The studios are designed and equipped to prepare The RecW students for music production as it is practiced in successful facilities worldwide.
Analog still rules in The RecW's Studio A. The Langley Amek BIG large format console is the centerpiece of production. Students learn classic signal flow and the beauty of having onboard EQ for recording. The analog realm extends to the outboard gear, with select mic preamps, EQ's, compressors, limiters, reverbs & delays ready to be patched in. To complete the analog picture, an MCI JH-24 2" 24-track tape machine is also available when the right project comes along that needs this vintage option.
Along with all of this classic gear, a Pro Tools HD system is a vital part of Studio A's creative toolkit. This analog/digital hybrid approach is extremely popular for major label music production. Studio architect John Storyk designed Studio A's control and live rooms. His approach to acoustics has made him world-renown. Getting drum sounds in the live room is an excellent learning experience for The RecW students. Miking a Yamaha grand piano is another essential part of the training in Studio A. The mic closet is well-stocked for all of the different recording challenges encountered by The RecW students.
The RecW Studio B is a multi-purpose workspace that allows our students to learn a variety of skills. This studio is based around a powerful Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) that is used to teach production work, mixing, mastering, audio restoration, overdubs, editing and much more. Software used in this room include Pro Tools, Apple Logic Pro, iZotope's audio suite that includes Ozone, RX and others.
Students often bring projects that have been recorded on many different systems, (at home or other studios), in Studio B, they can transfer their projects allowing them to do overdubs, restore, mix and polish their own music. Today, many industry professionals work from home producing projects and providing services and content for a variety of entertainment clients. Studio B is an excellent representation of that kind of set up.
Students record band projects on cutting-edge digital technology in Studio C. The Slate Pro Audio Raven MTi multitouch production console takes the center spot of operation. Touch screens are coming on strong, and the Raven product line is the leader at this stage of the game.
Universal Audio's Apollo is part of the digital signal flow with their Unison mic preamps and amazing DSP powered plugins. Their emulations of vintage analog gear is widely considered as the best in the business. Additional mic preamps available in Studio C include choices from Audient, Rupert Neve Designs and SSL. Pro Tools HD is the primary DAW being used for recording and mixing in Studio C. In addition to the numerous stock plugins that come with Pro Tools HD, there are special-purpose plugins such as Antares Auto-Tune and iZotope Ozone & RX.
Learning to mix on the world's best selling digital console (The Midas M32) is a primary goal in Studio D. Since its explosion onto the scene, the Midas M32 has taken the market by storm - EVERYONE seems to own one of these mixing consoles - touring artists, churches, schools, production studios, colleges, sports venues, rehearsal studios, on and on ... and for good reason, they are rock solid, sound great and are extremely flexible. Our students get LOTS of hands-on experience in Studio D learning to mix recorded 'live tracks' as a live show simulation, as well as creating multiple monitor mixes to wedges and in-ear monitors (IEM's).
The RecW students also learn how to set up a stereo mix on the Midas M32 for the live stream shows they do at The Majestic Theatre. Studio D is also a recording studio and well-equipped rehearsal space for students to use anytime to work on their own songs before they go into the larger studios to record.
Studio E is The RecW's highly-specialized room for creating Sound-for-Picture projects (movies, tv shows, documentaries - the shows we all watch on streaming platforms like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, etc). The control room has 5.4.1 audio monitoring, Surround Sound and Dolby Atmos mixing, a Pro Tools recording engine, as well as a large central LED panel for viewing the visual content being worked on. The live room includes a foley pit (sound effects recording area) that gives our students a real-life production experience in this highly-creative area of entertainment and audio post-production.
To round the video experience, The RecW students create and shoot their own video project; casting their team members, writing the content, and using current techniques for: camera blocking and framing, lighting, storyboarding, script writing, teleprompter use and operation, slate, shotgun and lavalier microphone usage. This is followed by editing the video footage, adding video transitions, stingers and screen bugs, as well as dubbing audio, dialog, music and sound effects using DaVinci Resolve software.
The RecW has a 6-station Digital Audio Workstation Lab (DAW Lab) that allows CORE and ADVANCED students to extend their hands-on training to shorter and more focused "one-day" projects and learning exercises.
These stations have virtually all the same software found in Studios A through E including Pro Tools, Logic Pro, iZotope Ozone and RX, Antares Auto-Tune, DaVinci Resolve and more… this extensive complement of software makes the DAW Lab a powerful place for students to sharpen their production skills.
The Majestic Theatre
The world of Event Production is all around us, from concerts to theaters, fairs and festivals, churches, schools, sports venues, corporate a/v and touring artists, broadway shows and musicals, comedians and much more - this market is exploding. The RecW includes hands-on training in the world of Event Production, classes take place in a real 500 seat historic theatre (The Majestic Theatre in downtown Chillicothe Ohio) - students learn to load-in, set up and tune the pa system, stage power connection and distribution, speaker placement, front-of house and monitor mixes on both digital and analog consoles. Also covered are proper microphone placements, cabling, power amplifiers and pa management. Students train to assemble trussing, lift towers and the set up and operation of professional stage lighting (programming, DMX, movers & more). Video camera operation and switching, along with providing a mix for broadcast completes the necessary elements to round out the curriculum as students live stream the shows.
The Historic Majestic Theatre (an outstanding classroom) is 'The Oldest Continually Operating Theatre in America'. It is located in the vibrant downtown of Chillicothe Ohio. Throughout the years, performers such as Bob Hope, Milton Berle, The Marx Brothers, The Three Stooges and countless others have played the famous venue. In recent years, The Majestic has undergone a renovation and revitalization, with a new lobby, box office, concession space, rest rooms, heating and cooling systems - it's an awesome place to experience a show. Since 2021, The RecW has been a proud partner with The Majestic Theatre bringing in our students to learn hands-on in the grandest of classrooms.
What People Say About The RecW
Such an overwhelmingly positive experience. I’m truly going to miss this place and all the cool people I met here, instructors included. You will not regret your decision to come here.
– Stale Media
What People Say About The RecW
I'm finishing up with classes in a few weeks. I'm excited to get back home and put to use all that I've learned so far... I'll be leaving here more confident and armed with knowledge that's already paying off.
– Scott D.
What People Say About The RecW
Great school for digital, analog and live sound training. Also sound for picture. The education you receive for the money is the best you’ll get anywhere. The alumni speaks volumes.