Wilton High breaks ground on new recording studio

Following the renovation and update of its television studio over the summer, Wilton High School will soon have a new in-house recording studio as well.

After a group of students secured a grant from the Wilton Education Foundation, construction of the new studio in an underutilized tiered lab near the school’s main office began Nov. 27.

“We hope to have it completed with in two to three weeks,” senior Quentin Burns told The Bulletin on Monday, Dec. 7. “The studio will be opening sometime in mid-January.”

Quentin told The Bulletin back in September that the empty tiered lab used to be a lecture hall that was disused and turned into a computer lab, which was also disused.”

Features and use

Since the audio system in the school’s recently renovated TV studio “isn’t designed for very high-quality audio,” Quentin said, a separate recording studio is needed.

“We couldn’t record a band in [the TV studio], so if we wanted to record the orchestra or one of those larger groups,” he said, “not only do we need a bigger space, but we need the equipment to handle it.”

Quentin said the new recording studio will feature:

  • A Soundcraft GB8 recording console.

  • A Presonus FireStudio analog to digital converter.

  • A Lenovo K450e workstation.

  • Yamaha HS8 Powered Studio Monitors.

  • High quality condenser microphones.

Quentin said the studio will primarily be used by the recording studio club, which is divided into two main sections — engineering and production.

“The engineering group is responsible for actually recording the music and setting up and maintaining the equipment and the production group is responsible for writing and playing the music as well as designing album covers and other artwork,” he said.

“In addition, the studio will be used by the video production classes and WE-TV to produce TV and film scores.”

Not only will the new recording studio “introduce students to music production, songwriting, engineering, marketing and performance,” according to Quentin, but it will also “encourage them to pursue their music-related dreams, both inside and outside of school.”