TWU's new digital recording suite offers community new recording possibilities

Langley, British Columbia—It’s not every day that an aspiring recording artist can head off to Nashville to pursue a big break in the music industry. And for several Lower Mainland musicians, Trinity Western University’s new digital recording suite may mean that they don’t have to. Trinity Western, in partnership with Roland Canada, recently purchased computer-based digital recording equipment that will give musicians the opportunity to mix and create their own demo recording right at the Langley University.

“It’s the direction that studios are going now,” says TWU music instructor David Squires, who assists in instructing the new digital recording class. “We want to equip students to enter into this new culture.”

The class, which was launched in January, is fully subscribed for this semester and has proven so popular that TWU’s music department will offer the class again this summer. Among more than 100 summer courses available for the community, the six-week digital recording course will run two evenings per week from May 21 to June 27. An open house on Monday, March 25 will give the community a chance to check out the new studio and meet the instructors.

“It’s a practical course for students,” says Squires.

The computer software, called Cubase, allows students to record and edit audio on a computer to create a high-quality CD. In addition to 3-hours of class time, each student receives an individual, one-hour lab session every week. In the classroom and lab, students learn about everything from recording techniques and studio equipment to how to use sequencing software.

“It’s something that students can do right out of their homes,” says Jef Gibbons, a TWU graduate and certified audio engineer who is the main instructor for the course.

Gibbons, a music teacher who also instructs piano, guitar and voice at Act 1 Music and Sound in Langley, began dabbling in recording when he started his post-secondary studies at Concord College in Winnipeg.

“When I came home after that year in Winnipeg, I got my own copy of Cubase and started working on my parent’s old computer,” says Gibbons.

During his time in Winnipeg, Gibbons met Linda Schwartz, chair of Concord College’s music department at the time and now dean of TWU’s faculty of professional studies and performing arts. They met again when Gibbons transferred to Trinity Western for his last two years of his Bachelor of Arts in music degree.

“When she saw what I was doing, she said that it would be great to set up a studio for students right here on campus,” says Gibbons, who has produced CDs for artists in the Lower Mainland and was the music director for the production A Maze of Grace at Chandos Pattison Auditorium last year.

“We have the studio set up in a way that students can come and work on projects on their own whenever it’s not being used,” says Gibbons.

“It’s something that’s also good for communications students who want to produce digital films,” adds Squires. “And the lines are crossing between performing and technical work, so it’s useful for performers to learn how to use a software program for recording.”

Community members are invited to visit the new recording studio, see what the new equipment can do and meet Jef Gibbons and David Squires in an open house on Monday, March 25 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The studio is located in the Faculty House on Trinity Western’s campus at 7600 Glover Road in Langley. For more information, call Loriane Frewing at 604-513-2022.

Last Updated: 2007-09-26