The Fairhaven Recording Studio aids students through audio recording and ProTools classes, as well as independent study projects.
It prepares students for the professional recording world, said Russ Fish, adjunct faculty at Fairhaven College.
One of the 17 current Student Technology Fee proposals is requesting about $73,000 for new and updated equipment in the studio.
The Student Technology Fee is used each year to meet the technological needs of a wide variety of academic disciplines and niches.
This year, there is $245,000 allotted for new technology projects. The money comes from the $25 fee that individual students pay each quarter.
The proposals range from equipment for the Fairhaven Recording Studio to iPads for German and Spanish classes to use in classrooms.
All other state universities in Washington have similar fees, ranging from $25-$41 per quarter.
Fish teaches three classes that use the recording studio and hopes to create an additional audio-mastering course if the technology fees will pay for the necessary equipment.
He said the studio’s current audio equipment is not reflective of professional studio technology, which students need to master if they are to be successful in the audio-engineering industry.
“Students need access to professional audio [equipment] used in studios around the world,” he said.
Fish says he gets students from a variety of majors in his classes. More than 50 percent are non-Fairhaven students.
“They are not Fairhaven-exclusive classes,” he said.
Fish said his classes seek to give students preparation for the professional music-recording industry. The equipment they currently have is just not enough to keep students up to date, he said.
In addition to the classes that use the equipment, many students use the studio for independent study projects, he said. About 12-15 independent projects per school year are created in the studio, according to the project proposal.
If the proposal is accepted, Fish said replaced equipment from the Fairhaven studio could be installed in the Performing Arts Center recording studio, which records every music-department performance that takes place in the PAC.
The PAC studio uses outdated equipment that is in dire need of replacement, Fish said.