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1. Vital Sounds has taken on an all new cast of characters from the engineers to the board members. Check out the Engineers and Staff page to meet the new family.
2. The Marketing efforts have been revamped; expect an increase in awareness of Vital Sounds
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Issue date: 2/5/10 Section: Music and Entertainment
These aren’t Fortune 500 global companies, but they are a start. They are called Production EUs (Entrepreneurial Units), which are a way for students’ ideas to come into fruition. They are student-run companies that are independent from the university.
Jay Crutti, coordinator of technology for the College of Music and Fine Arts and adjunct instructor, is the adviser for production EUs on campus.
“I give them advice on the best business practices and intellectual framework,” Crutti says. “I am there to make sure they don’t break laws or go against Loyola’s mission.”
The employees of these student-run companies must be Loyola students because of payroll.
“The EUs are a division of Loyola but they make decisions independently of the university,” Crutti says.
The students are in charge of every aspect of the business from hiring and firing, to payroll and writing contracts.
This is not a company simulation — these EUs are real businesses. They must maintain a profit or they could go bankrupt.
“EUs are a really great preparation for the real world and changes the nature of how students get internships and jobs,” Crutti says.
Instead of students applying for internships and jobs, they are already competing in their job market. They are able to network and make contacts to land a job upon graduation.
“A vast majority of leaders in these organizations start their own company after graduating. Hopefully these EUs remove the fear of starting your own company,” Crutti says.
Here are the four EUs on campus and what they do. Their services are here for hire to the Loyola community as well as the New Orleans area.
The student-run recording studio’s clientele includes artists from Dr. John and the Mardi Gras Indians to the Monk Institute. The company receives client referrals from Loyola faculty and through the students’ own contacts.
The board is composed of the president, the operations manager and the chief financial officer, says Noah Adams, Vital Sounds Recording president and music industry studies junior. The business has about six engineers, 15 apprentices and 15 work-study students.
To become an apprentice, students must take a skill assessment. From there, the student will be classified as a beginning, intermediate or advanced apprentice. Each skill level receives advice from an engineer who is appointed to help the apprentices at each level.
Once the apprentice feels confident they have the skills required to be an engineer, there is an exit skills test, Adams says. They must emulate a real commercial session and the board evaluates the session to see if it is up to the company’s standards. The apprentice must have three projects in their portfolio to be a certified engineer.
Certified engineers can expect to make about $20 an hour. To become an apprentice, interested students can go to the weekly meeting which is on Mondays at 7 p.m. in room 427 of the Communications/Music Complex.
“We recruit at music industry forum but we’re really just looking for enthusiastic people,” says Adams.
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New Studios, New Equipment, New Environment! Its just wonderful, the most comfortable place to record. Even if its just you or you and friends, the vibe from the room is sure to be refreshing.
Studio 1's much anticipated new control room is complete. Designed by acclaimed designer George Augspurger, the new control room is a great environment for mixing and mastering. Over $200,000 was spent constructing the new room and it is beautiful in look and in sound.
For the first time ever the studio acquired a wide assortment of Ribbon microphones from Beyer Dynamic and AEA and pre-amps to accompany them. Here's what we just got:
2x AEA R84's
2x Beyer Dynamic M130's
2x Beyer Dynamic M160's
2x AEA The Ribbon Pre Preamplifiers
We are totally stoked about the opportunity to use these on upcoming projects and have already achieved some great sounds with them.
The drive to keep our studio as current as possible continues with the addition of the new Digidesign C|24 to replace our aging Control|24. The C|24 features ultra-smooth faders, great build quality, ICON theme, and improved preamps and monitoring. The C|24 is already installed and available to our customers for use on their projects.
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