Recent News and Reviews

The Vital Sounds Showcase

posted Feb 18, 2011, 3:02 PM by Vital Sounds

The Vital Sounds Showcase is an event for artists to perform on the Loyola campus in exchange for free studio time! That's right, if you'd like free studio time, you can perform at our showcase event. If you are interested in joining the Vital Sounds Showcase and receiving free studio time, please e-mail

Thank you!

Vital Sounds

The Tragedy of the Commons

posted Sep 25, 2010, 1:03 PM by Vital Sounds

Many people have spoke, or complained, to us that the studio should be a free entity for the students of Loyola to utilize and expand the artistic community of the university. Many have also held us in disdain for disagreeing with this view. Here is why we disagree:

1. When something is free, people tend to take more of it. Let's say the studio time is free for any student's use, how long would you book it for? An entire week? What about the hundreds, if not thousands, of other students who are waiting at least 3 months for their studio time? Oh, that's right, you're paying tens of thousands of college tuition, you should be able to get your studio time as soon as you would like. Unfortunately, you can't, because every other student feels the same way.

2. There are many people investing their time into the studio besides the paying clients. Who does that include? Board members, engineers, advisors, teachers, and even work-study students. Without a monetary system for this studio, no one would want to invest the time into making the high-quality production you would like in our studio. No one would want to mix down your amazing song for absolutely nothing when they could be getting a 9 to 5 job making copies, earning slightly above minimum wage, instead of doing what they love for free. Sorry, but time is money.

3. There is no commercial studio that is free unless you own it. We use extremely high-end equipment and offer a rate that has been derailed by other studios because of how low it is. Finally, we are the most convenient source for recording your music. It is more economical to invest a couple hundred dollars in having your album mixed, engineered, and crafted to perfection than to invest the time and money into buying a microphone that may not be right for you, studio soundproofing material, the knowledge of engineering and mixing in software, the expensive software itself, and the right ear for getting the right sound. 

We do not just specialize in professional quality recordings and equipment; we specialize in convenience for you and your time.

Thank you.

- Vital Sounds

Vital Sounds Open for Summer!

posted May 1, 2010, 11:55 AM by Vital Sounds

That's right. We are extending our business calendar to include this summer, so please feel free to book your studio time if you're in New Orleans from May to August. We are very excited for this opportunity and we hope to hear from you this summer. There is also a new section for studio session photos. Please take a look, and hopefully you'll see why you should record with Vital Sounds.

Thank you!

Recommend us to Anyone and You'll Get 30 Minutes of Free Studio Time!

posted Mar 23, 2010, 11:13 AM by Vital Sounds   [ updated Sep 25, 2010, 1:02 PM ]

A new promotions plan is underway for the Vital Sounds Recording Studio. 

Starting today, Vital Sounds is initiating a plan that offers you free recording time with high-end microphones and acoustically superior studio rooms that will give your next big track the commercial quality you've been seeking.

If you bring to us a new client who books at least two hours of studio time, Vital Sounds will give you 30 minutes free!
That's right. For every person you recommend to record with us, and they book at least two hours, you'll get a free half hour. 

There is no limit to how many people you can recommend. Just be sure to inform who you recommend that they tell us who you are so we can give you thirty minutes in the studio. 

This deal will only last until the end of the spring semester of 2010. 

What are you waiting for? Start getting your free studio time now!

- Vital Sounds

Improvements and Changes in Vital Sounds

posted Mar 4, 2010, 6:49 PM by Vital Sounds   [ updated Mar 18, 2010, 2:25 PM ]

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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3. New photos of the engineers and board, and of the studio are up. Check them out, and let us know what you think on our social networks. 

The Wolf Magazine Talks About Vital Sounds

posted Mar 4, 2010, 6:46 PM by Vital Sounds   [ updated Sep 25, 2010, 1:03 PM ]

Self Starters

Student entreprenuers gain business experience with EUS

Lee Hudson

Issue date: 2/5/10 Section: Music and Entertainment
Media Credit: Angie Hernandez

Media Credit: Angie Hernandez

Many Loyola students decide to squeeze more out of their jam-packed days by going beyond the classroom and establishing their own professional companies. 

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.
-The Wolf Magazine

Musically Satisfying!

posted Sep 4, 2009, 2:26 PM by Vital Sounds   [ updated Oct 1, 2009, 9:04 PM by Jay Crutti ]

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.

New Control room for Studio 1

posted May 11, 2009, 8:42 PM by Jay Crutti

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.

Ribbon mics arrive at Vital Sounds

posted Mar 11, 2009, 7:39 PM by Jay Crutti   [ updated Mar 11, 2009, 7:43 PM ]

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.

New Digidesign C|24 installed

posted Feb 20, 2009, 7:55 AM by Jay Crutti

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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