"These recording sessions were an incredible learning experience for our students." - Foothill College Music Technology

by Miles Fulwider on October 12, 2023

Foothill College's renowned Music Technology (MTEC) program recently organized a number of recording sessions that utilized state-of-the-art microphones from ADK. The artists ranged from pop to rock to hip hop, offering MTEC student audio engineers the opportunity to develop their technical abilities while highlighting the outstanding quality of ADK's microphones. The diverse range of musical styles presented unique challenges that would put ADK's microphones to the test, proving their versatility across various instruments and genres.

The Music Technology program at Foothill College has long been known for its commitment to nurturing the next generation of audio engineers, music producers, sound designers and industry professionals. The MTEC program was started in 1973, making it one of the oldest programs of its kind. Led by a team of experienced faculty and supported by world-class facilities, the program has consistently provided its students with hands-on experience and exposure to cutting-edge recording technologies.

Vocal mic shootout with ADK T-FETs

The ADK microphones used in the session have an outstanding reputation in the industry for their ability to deliver exceptional audio fidelity. By collaborating with ADK, the MTEC program aimed to give students the opportunity to work with top-tier equipment, simulating a real-world recording scenario and enhancing their understanding of professional-grade gear.

ADK 3-Zigma Matched Pair recording Acoustic Guitar

The recording sessions took place at the college's state-of-the-art recording studio featuring high-end microphone preamps from Grace, Millenia, BAE, and API.  This created an ideal setting for the student engineers to experiment with different mic and preamp combinations, which in turn allowed the ADK microphones to shine in capturing every nuance of the performances.

 Under their supervision of MTEC faculty, the students handled microphone placement, gain staging, and signal processing, learning the importance of attention to detail and precise techniques in the recording process. Faculty and students alike were impressed with the performance of the ADK microphones. The microphones exhibited an astonishing ability to handle a wide dynamic range while maintaining clarity and capturing expressive dynamics accurately. From the crisp highs of cymbals to the rich warmth of the bass and the nuanced tonality of vocals, the ADK microphones proved to be a valuable asset in the studio.

ADK 3-Zigma C-LOL Recording Electric Guitar Amp

"These recording sessions were an incredible learning experience for our students," said Eric Kuehnl, Co-Director of the Music Technology program at Foothill College. "ADK microphones are known for their exceptional quality, and they didn't disappoint. Our students were thrilled to work with such high-end gear, and it allowed them to explore their creativity while understanding the significance of using top-notch equipment in music production."

Kuehnl continues, "It was inspiring to see the students' passion for audio engineering and music production. We believe in empowering the next generation of audio professionals with tools that can help them achieve their creative vision."

The collaboration between the Foothill College Music Technology Program and ADK reinforces the college's commitment to providing students with hands-on experiences and exposure to industry-standard equipment, preparing them for successful careers in the dynamic world of music production and audio engineering. “We really appreciate ADK’s commitment to supporting educational institutions and nurturing the development of young audio engineers. It’s exciting to work with an audio manufacturer that really understands what schools need to be successful,” said Kuehnl.