Walford Recording Studio

Only students registered in a Recording Class and/or certified by the instructor or a tutor may use the Recording Studio.

Certificate Program in Audio and Recording Production

The Certificate in Audio and Recording Production is open to the local community and inclined matriculated students interested in music recording and production in a studio setting. The program makes use of SSU’s Walford Recording Studio in Ives Hall Room 32, which is newly renovated and updated with high level, state of the art, 24 channel pro-tools, mac based equipment, and integrated with red-net ability to record from the Green Music Center's Weill and Schroeder Halls. Students will use the recording studio as a lab to produce music as part of a formalized curriculum.

A Faculty Coordinator from the Department of Music will determine the eligibility of prospective students through a screening and application process. A certificate will be awarded to students who successfully complete the three courses.

The certificate program will consist of three courses:

Music Technology: Tools & Applications

Instructor: David Fichera
David Fichera is a Santa Rosa native who holds teaching credentials from Sonoma State University in Music and Drama, an Administrative Services credential, and is currently working toward a Master of Arts degree in Education. In his current position as principal at Hillcrest Middle School--the recipient of four California Distinguished School awards--Dave serves as co-director of the Creative Arts Magnet Program, ENRICH! In designing the curriculum for this statewide-recognized program, Dave created courses in Music Technology, Digital Design, and Digital Video. An experienced teacher, Dave has taught K-8 general music, band, music technology, strings, acting, dance, and technical theatre. He directed the 120-member Hillcrest Middle School Marching Band--winner of the Apple Blossom (2007, 2009, 2020) and Rose (2010, 2011) parades--and directed that school’s annual musical theatre productions.
As a Lecturer at SSU, Dave designed and taught Music 259 (Music Technology: Tools and Applications) and collaborated on the upgrade and retrofitting of Wolford Recording Studio. His tech experience includes live sound and lighting tech; recording engineer; IT and AV systems administration; Sibelius software helpdesk consultant; and SSU-IT consultant certified in Apple Computer hardware and software.

Audio And Recording Production I

Instructor: Ivan Piesh
Ivan Piesh has worked as an audio engineer and teacher in the Bay Area for the past 10 years. He produces, records, mixes, and masters recordings for a wide variety of artists including Kev Choice, K.Flay, The Deadlies, and has operated as a Live Sound Monitor engineer for acts such as Sheila E and Front of House Engineer for Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers. He is also an instructor at Ex'pression College for Digital Arts in the East Bay where he was named instructor of the year. His main area of expertise is Avid Pro Tools software.

Audio and Recording Production II

Instructor: Bob Edwards
Robert C. Edwards is a sound designer-editor-mixer at Skywalker Ranch in Marin County, California. Bob was a music recording engineer for 15 years prior to starting at Skywalker in 1989. Music engineering is very close to his heart. He has taught and lectured at South Lake Tahoe High School among other places. He also ran the Skywalker scoring stage from its inception. Mr. Edwards also works closely with the Sun Dance Institute. Part of what he does is acclimating film makers to a professional post production sound process. Bob’s kind of the Sundance King around the ranch. His recent credits include the award winning Fruitvale Station and Beasts of the Southern Wild. Both titles won the grand jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival among many others.



Imac based Pro Tools 11 HD Digital audio workstation with
Avid Audio C 24 control surface

Sound Construction C|24 Wrap Console
Sound Construction Lowboy Racks

Protools Plug-ins:
Emerald Pack Native
Sonnox Elite Plug In Bundle-Special Promo
Waves Diamond Bundle Native

Microphone pre-amps and digital audio Network:
Focusrite 8 Ch. Mic Pre x3 in studio and x3 on GMC site & A/D For Rednet

Studio Monitors:

Genelec 8250A

Studio Microphones:

AKG 414 Matched Stereo Pair
AKG D112 Large Diaphram Dynamic Microphone
AKG C2000 Small Diaphram Condenser Microphone x2
Neumann TLM 103 Cardioid Stereo-Set
Neumann U87 Microphone W/Shock Mount
Neumann KM 184 Condenser Microphone Pair
EV RE20 Dynamic Microphone
Shure SM7 Cardioid Dynamic Studio Vocal Mic
Shure SM 81 Condenser Microphones x2
Shure SM57 Dynamic Instrument Microphone x4
Shure Beta 52A High Output Dynamic Microphone
Audix D2 Dynamic Instrument Michrophone

SE 2200A Condenser Microphone w/out Shock mount
Rode NT2 Condenser Microphone w/out Shock mount

Studio Accessories:
K&M Tripod/Boom Combination
Aviom Six Mix Personal Mixing System
Sennheiser Circumaural Monitoring HiFi Headphones
(4) JBL Speakers

Kawai 500 Grand Piano