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Hands-on Education and Experience

Webster University is a pioneer in audio education. Students learn about audio as it relates to all media through a hands-on approach, using professional-grade equipment. The faculty are professionals working in their field as well as educators. After graduation, students will have the skills to work in a variety of fields in the audio industry.

Sound recording and engineering  majors and minors produce music recordings, radio spots, run live sound for concerts, learn sound design, and mix audio for video and film throughout their time at Webster. Of equal importance, they learn audio history and theory. Webster students have various internship opportunities, which include stints at major recording studios, sound reinforcement companies and radio stations across the country. International opportunities also are available.

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Sverdrup West Wing Remodeling

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The west wing of Sverdrup will be rebuilt as a state-of-the-art media production and communication education facility, providing our students the most up-to-date and unique technology in the entire region.

Learn more about the Sverdrup renovations including plans, progress updates, room relocations, and more.

 

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16th in the Midwest

Webster University continues to be highly ranked on the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges report, now listed as 16th in Midwest Regional Universities and included in four best-of categories. This year, the University's score rose to its highest level since the ranking system was established.

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Choosing Webster

“Having both a top program for my major and a program like WebsterLEADS made my choice to transfer to Webster a no-brainer.”

David Farnham
David Farnham

BS in Sound Recording and Engineering, '24

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A Practical Approach

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Webster's Bachelor of Science in Sound Recording and Engineering is designed for students who are interested in the fields of music recording, live sound engineering, sound system engineering and/or audio technology.

This course of study includes specialized classes on two-channel recording, technical ear training, music recording, live audio production, studio engineering, and acoustics.  Graduates will have completed an internship and capstone class.

Webster University is an educational member of the Audio Engineering Society.

Webster's student section of the Audio Engineering Society is one of the most active and successful chapters worldwide.

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Alumni with a Degree in Audio Production Include:

  • Bruce Buechner, audio engineer for Snoop Dogg, Ruben Studdard, Christina Milian, Lil Jon, Jamie Foxx and Mary J. Blige.
  • Matt "Buster" Allen, audio engineer for Garth Brooks.
  • Brian Barrale, Los Angeles-based composer and arranger for "Aliens of the Deep," "Heart of the Beholder," and "Nancy Drew: The Secret of Shadow Ranch."
  • Chelsea (VandeDrink) Crutcher, recording engineer for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.



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Add the Sound Recording and Engineering Minor to Your Degree

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Designed for students outside the department who wish to study audio with an emphasis on music recording and production, students will learn to:

  • Set up and operate mixing consoles of varying size and format, employing appropriate gain structure.
  • Operate proficiently within a DAW environment, including effective session design and expedited software navigation.
  • Apply literacy of audio aesthetics to multitrack mixes.
  • Capture a multitrack recording in a studio setting at an introductory level.
  • Compare and discuss various microphone techniques for different instruments.

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