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COVID Response: Recording Arts On-Campus Experiences

Recording Arts students are safely getting the most out of Full Sail's on-campus labs and studio equipment.

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Students in Full Sail's Recording Arts degree program are safely getting the most out of the school's labs and studio equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Full Sail is built on the foundation of its Recording Arts degree program, and getting students safely back into the studio during the COVID-19 pandemic is a top priority. Currently, students enrolled in campus programs have the option of a weekly on-site lab experience.

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Students can put the finishing touches on songs in socially-distanced Audio Mastering Lab classes.

"We initially focused on our studio-centric courses, like Session Recording, Advanced Session Recording, Project and Portfolio VII," says Brandon Egerton, Full Sail's Recording Arts Program Director. "Those students are tracking music sessions with outside artists, just like we've always done."

The school's safety protocols help Recording Arts students enjoy socially distant lab time, where they can get familiar with Full Sail's industry-standard recording equipment while learning the subtle art of artist relations. In addition to increased cleaning and sanitization – labs and studios are deep cleaned daily, and cleaned and sanitized before and after each session – unique protocols have been established to provide students with hands-on studio time in a safe and distant manner.

"We've established a safe way to have guests in the studio when we need them to be there so that our students don't miss out that experience that you gain by working with talented artists," says Brandon. "[They can] interpret what the artist's needs are and deliver on that session's learning objectives."


Additional Labs

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Recording Arts faculty members prepare equipment for an on-campus audio lab.

After successfully establishing socially distant studio experiences, the Recording Arts program expanded on-campus offerings to include labs for additional production-related courses.

"[Audio Workstations] students, socially distant, can come into those labs and apply what they've been learning on their laptops to Pro Tools-centric hardware," Brandon explains.


Getting Creative with Zoom

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Full Sail's Zoom setups provide multiple views of lab spaces and course directors for safe on-campus instruction.

Full Sail is living up to its reputation as a technology-forward institution by using Zoom in fresh ways for dynamic distance learning and safer in-studio experiences. Multi-camera setups in the Audio Temple give students at home viewpoints of recording consoles, recording artists, and instructors, allowing them to engage in the production process whether on campus or online.

The Zoom setups also facilitate access to industry pros: Recent streaming studio sessions with Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Aoife O'Donovan gave students a safe opportunity to observe the songwriting and early production process in real time.

Incoming students with questions about the safety protocols for their degree program should contact their Admissions Representative at 800.226.7625 for information and guidance.

Current students should consult Full Sail One for information about their upcoming lab schedules and can contact Full Sail Support with any questions or concerns about their on-campus experience.