BLUFFTON — Students at Bluffton University now have access to some of the recording industry’s most powerful audio tools.
The music department unveiled its digital music lab Monday with a demonstration from Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and producer Kendall Nesbitt.
Alex Rose, a vocal performance major at Bluffton University, was impressed with the Digital Music Lab.
“I am extremely excited about this lab because I want to go into popular music,” Rose said. “I want to write my own songs, and so I’ve been waiting for something like this, where I can actually work with different instruments that I don’t play but still be able to get sounds for it and compose tracks.”
Nesbitt said, “It’s pretty industry standard. You have Pro Tools, you have Logic, you have Sibelius, you got Finale, you’ve got Ableton Live. So it’s all the programs that we use in the industry.”
Nesbitt’s sister-in-law is Dr. Crystal Sellers Battle, the music department chair at Bluffton University.
“She had been talking about it, and she was really excited. She invited me down, and I’m loving what I see. I think this is amazing. This is great,” Nesbitt said.
Battle added, “It’s aimed at the 21st-century music students and people who are doing music more in a digital level than are doing it on a more practical instrumental level. There are a lot of people who are creating their own beats in their own electronic dance music in their offices or in their dorm rooms or in their cars or whatever. The idea is to be able to bring them into a classroom, learn from someone who’s in the industry doing that particular work and be able to put it together for class credit. There’s nothing better than that, I think.”
Nesbitt will actually help teach students how to use the equipment through distance learning.
“We’re really excited that a Grammy-nominated music producer is willing to be a part of this in Bluffton, Ohio,” Battle said. “So I think it’s going to be a nice area for us, something we’ll be able to say we have that maybe some other schools won’t be able to have. The reason why everything is web-based is that he will actually be teaching some of this course from his studio in Chicago, and then he will come to campus occasionally, but we’ll be able to have interactions with the students. We wanted to bring him here first so the students can meet him, and then they’ll be able to interact with him through the video process.”
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