Why Our Program?
- We provide hands-on experience from your first day at Syracuse University to your last.
- Small class sizes allow for invaluable one-on-one interaction between students and our professional faculty members.
- You may elect to "go deep" into one of the specialties listed below, or "go wide" and mix the fields that resonate with you.
- The Audio Arts Colloquim lecture series and pro-seminar will expose you to active professionals from the full spectrum of specialties.
- When you graduate, you will belong to a global network of enthusiastic alumni, many of whom mentor students in achieving success at SU and beyond.
Music Industry Studies
The music industry studies track allows you to become an entrepreneurial leader in the audio arts and is intended for students who do not have prior academic experience in music industry/business. You will take courses in such areas as music industry and media, social media, studio recording, and licensing. Graduates will be able to think critically and constructively about music and making a market in an art form. Students who studied in the liberal arts, music performance, music technology/engineering, law, or other programs are welcome to apply.
Sound Production and Recording Arts
The sound production and recording arts track gives you the opportunity to subspecialize by selecting classroom and experience learning options. For example, if you are interested in working at live performance venues or with touring artists, you might select courses in Live Sound & Concert Recording and Music Recording. Students interested in audio recording, audio mastering, live sound design, live sound mixing, or sound for picture (music underscoring, Foley and sound and effects design), are welcome to apply.
The radio horizons track encourages you to study both traditional and new media careers. You will study radio production and radio business as well as social media and entertainment media. Your career options include work in satellite radio, new technologies, mobile applications, streaming radio, and terrestrial radio. Students interested in these fields are welcome to apply.
The music video track focuses on the dynamic interplay between music and picture. Coursework can include critical study of sound and picture form, practices involved in music video, and live performance capture. Sample course topics in this track include animation and visual effects, TV production, shortform production, and social media in the enterprise. Graduates will be qualified to work as directors and producers for live concert videos or music videos.
Audio arts students have access to resources in both SU:VPA and Newhouse as well as across campus, including the Belfer Audio Archive and Recording Studio and Dick Clark Studios.
Belfer Audio Archive and Recording Studio
The Belfer Audio Archive and Recording Studio in the Syracuse University Libraries is the fourth largest sound archive in the country and includes formats from the earliest experimental recordings on tinfoil to modern digital media. The collection of 22,000 cylinder records is the largest held by any private institution in North America, and one of the largest in the world.
The Belfer Laboratory has a Live End/Dead End recording studio and control rooms designed by Chips Davis, a nationally recognized acoustic expert and recording studio designer. The studio has been a cornerstone of industry academic offerings in Setnor for more than 25 years and is well known as an incubator for many future artists, audio engineers, and businesspeople who continue to shape today’s music industry.
The sound recording technology control room is equipped with an amalgam of state-of-the-art and vintage studio gear, including:
- Euphonix System MC-5 control surface with 24 faders
- Pro Tools HDX v12, Albleton Live, and Logic Pro with 128 channels of high resolution A/D - D/A conversion
- Full compliment of DSP plug ins by Waves, Solid State Logic, API, Native Instruments, Izotope, Cycling 74, Avid, and Celemony.
- JBL LSR-8 5:1 surround sound monitoring
- Neve 1073 microphone preamplifiers/equalizers (16 channels)
- Avid PRE remote-controlled microphone preamplifiers (16 channels)
- Neve 2264A compressor/limiters
- Pultec EQH-2 tube equalizers
- Pultec MEQ-5 tube equalizers
- Pultec HLF-3C equalizers
- DBX 166 compressor/limiters
- DBX 1066 compressor/limiters
- Lexicon PCM-91 reverb processor
- Fairchild 658 “Reverbatron” spring reverb system
Belfer Studio boasts a large and comprehensive microphone collection with such brands as Neumann, Sennheiser, BLUE, Schoeps, Bruel and Kjaer, Shure, Audix, Audio Technica, and Oktava.
Dick Clark Studios
You will also have access to Dick Clark Studios in the Newhouse Studio & Innovation Center. Named for legendary entertainer and SU alumnus Dick Clark ’51, the studios offer a high-tech entertainment production environment that rivals many Hollywood studios. Features include:
Full soundstage suitable for live or digitally recorded productions
Full digital workflow integrating studio and post production facilities
Virtual studio accommodating green screen production, still photography, digital cinema film-style production and other media applications
High-definition production capability throughout the studios and control rooms, with the ability to shoot film-style 3-D production
Our vast alumni network includes leaders and luminaries across the industry. To name a few:
- Jon Cohen '90, co-CEO, Cornerstone; co-founder, the FADER Inc. and FADER Label
- Shanti Das '93, owner, Press Reset Entertainment
- Steve Leeds G'73, vice president, talent and industry affairs, SiriusXM
- Walter Sabo '73, CEO, Sabo Media
- Jacqueline Saturn '90, co-general manager, Harvest Records
- Peter Schwartz '90, vice president/agent, the Agency Group
- Lakshmi Singh '94, newscaster, NPR
- Danno Wolkoff '86, founder and CEO, Envision Radio Networks