What kind of recording requests do you normally receive?

Mostly for graduate school auditions, summer music program auditions, competitions and personal projects.

Where can I record?

The Chapel (preferred), Shattuck 163, Shattuck 156, and the Jazz Room. Recording in Harper Hall is not advised unless no other alternative is available. The Chapel is the only venue that has video recording capabilities.

How soon must I make reservations for my recording session(s)?

At least two weeks notice is appreciated. We reserve the right to turn down late requests.

I have a deadline to meet. When is the latest I can record?

It is advised to record no later than two or three days prior to your deadline. You need to take into consideration the time needed to select the takes you wish to use on your final completed product as well as the time needed to edit and master your recording.

I am interested in recording. What should I do next?

  1. Make reservations for your recording space of choice with Julia Jackson at the Conservatory Office. Recording Services is not responsible for making room reservations with Julia at the Conservatory Office.
  2. Make sure to have on hand all the available dates and times of each member of your ensemble to book your recording session(s). Provide alternate dates to increase the possibility that you may be accommodated. Be sure to state your preference, if necessary.
  3. Complete and submit a Recording Session Request Form.
  4. We will respond to your request by email to confirm your session(s). Your recording session(s) will be confirmed on a first come, first served basis and subject to studio and studio personnel availability.

How much time would I need for my recording session(s)?

Most people make reservations for two or more hours, depending on how much music is to be recorded. You may sometimes actually use less time than you had reserved.

Can I have more than one recording session?

Yes – Just make sure that your recording space of choice remains the same for the entire project.

Who will be my engineer?

Your engineer will be Brent Hauer or Alvina Tan, depending on their availability at the time of your recording session. Be sure to state your preference if you have one.

Can I request a multi-track audio recording?

Yes – You should provide us with a complete list of all the instruments that will be recorded on separate tracks. You will also be charged for the time it takes to set up all equipment used for your multi-track recording.

Can I request a video recording?

Yes – We can record video (MP4 format) in the Chapel.

Optional video editing services are available at $45 per hour. Email us to set up an appointment for video editing.

Alternatively, complimentary support for Lawrence student video projects is available in Main Hall 108 or Hurvis Center 013. To make an appointment to meet with a specialist for assistance with video editing projects, complete this form no later than five days before your deadline.

Can I edit/splice my audio recording?

Yes, as long as it is not explicitly mentioned in your audition recording instructions that editing is not allowed.

What if I wish to edit/splice my audio recording?

A separate appointment must be made with Brent Hauer for a time to edit and master your recording in the recording studio. The editing is usually done a day or two after your recording session. You should arrive prepared with your decision on all your final edits (measure numbers, track numbers, minutes and seconds) so studio time can be best spent on editing instead of deciding which takes to use. Download this PDF take sheet to help you organize your final edits.

What if I do not need to edit/splice my audio recording?

Email us with the track numbers or file names in the order that you wish to have included on the final completed product. You will be notified by email when your recording is ready for pick-up at the Conservatory Office or as a digital download.

What if I need audio CDs?

While our default audio format is WAV, we can make as many CD copies as requested for a charge of $2 per CD and a duplication fee of $20/hour. Always remember to keep one copy for your own records.

What if I need CD labels?

Email us with all the information you would like to have included on the CD label, e.g. full name, instrument or voice type, title(s) and composer(s) of repertoire (in track list order).

How much would the recording cost?

Please refer to our rates here. Upon completion of your project, you will receive an invoice with the breakdown of all recording costs.

How do I pay for my recording?

You will receive an invoice and an online payment link via email. Checks (payable to “Lawrence University”) are also accepted. Lawrence students have the option to charge your recording cost to your student account (student ID number required).

Can each member of my ensemble be billed separately?

No – One invoice will be provided for the whole ensemble. How you split the recording cost with the rest of your ensemble is entirely up to you.

When should I pay for my recording?

Full payment is due upon receipt of your final completed product.

Some Frequently Used Audio Terminology

Two-track (stereo) recording

Two microphones are placed in strategically chosen locations relative to the sound source, with both microphones recording simultaneously to provide a stereo image.

Multi-track recording

Separate tracks are assigned to each instrument or section of the ensemble. These multiple tracks can be recorded at the same or different times. In the editing process, these separate tracks can be manipulated independently. When the editing is completed, the many tracks are typically mixed down into a two-track stereo format which can then be duplicated and distributed. The multi-tracking software used in our recording studio is Digidesign® Pro Tools|HD®. While the results are more exacting than a "straight to two-track" mix, the cost is considerably higher.


Modifying a recorded audio track by adding, deleting, replacing, or rearranging segments (takes).

Equalization (EQ)

The adjustment of specific frequencies (bands) to alter the tonal balance or to remove unwanted frequencies.


The final step in the recording process that enhances and technically prepares your recording (edited or unedited) for CD replication. EQ and other sophisticated audio processing techniques are used in the mastering process. Fine-tuning adjustments are made to the overall recording to help the project attain a particular "sound" and "feel". The audio balance and levels throughout the project are maximized and smoothed out for optimum playback level. Fade-ins, fade-outs, segues, and spacing between pieces/movements are created. Pieces/movements are sequenced into the intended playing order.