Les Paul Studio For Music Recording And Sound Design To Open At Ramapo CollegeFebruary 23, 2016 by Les Paul Foundation
The Les Paul Foundation has announced the official dedication and opening of the Les Paul Studio for Music Recording and Sound Design at Ramapo College of New Jersey to take place Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. in H-204. The state-of-the-art music studio dedicated to the musical legend Les Paul will educate the musical luminaries of the future and bridges the worlds of analog and digital sound. Much like Les Paul, the studio was built to help students create and learn while giving them an opportunity to push their own boundaries as performers or in technology.
The official dedication will be marked by a ribbon cutting ceremony hosted by Michael Braunstein, Executive Director of the Les Paul Foundation, Chris Lentz, Director of Media Archives for the Les Paul Foundation, Ramapo College President Peter P. Mercer, Gary Paul, grandson of Les Paul, Nicki Parrot, musician and member of the Les Paul Trio and Beth Anne Sanguesa, granddaughter of Les Paul and other representatives of Ramapo College.
The Les Paul Studio for Music Recording and Sound Design is the first of its kind at Ramapo College of New Jersey and was designed so that students who engage and learn in this setting will be able to function and operate any studio in the world. The fundamentals of acoustics, recording technologies and electronics have all been incorporated into the curriculum while keeping both analog and digital as part of the formats. Les Paul himself found the warmth of analog sound important yet innovated with new technologies in search of the “sound no one had ever heard before.”
The Les Paul Studio for Music Recording and Sound Design features a separate control room and live room with an isolated vocal booth. Funded with a substantial grant from the Les Paul Foundation, this state-of-the art studio combines analog and digital technologies in order to teach students a wide-range of tools and to expand their creative palettes. The control room features an Audient ASP4816 recording console, Pro Tools HD system, and Apogee Symphony audio interface. All levels of Recording Arts courses are taught in the studio as well as audio courses in Communication Arts.
“Les would be honored to see how his life will now influence so many students of tomorrow,” said Michael Braunstein, Executive Director, Les Paul Foundation. “He was always inventing, creating and looking to the future in everything he did. The Les Paul Studio for Music Recording and Sound Design is just another example of how Les Paul will continue to influence our future generation while giving them the tools they need to pursue a career in the music industry.”
Later in the evening, singer and bassist Nicki Parrott who is also a member of the Les Paul Trio will headline the 2016 Les Paul Festival Concert in the Sharp Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Dave Stryker, John DiMartino and Alvin Atkinson will join Parrott as they pay tribute to Les Paul. The Austin Marcelo Group, a Ramapo College student jazz ensemble will open the concert. The concert event supports the Music Program and the Mahwah Museum.
Media is invited to attend and cover the official dedication of the Les Paul Studio for Music Recording and Sound Design and can contact the press contact below for hi-res images post event. Concert tickets are $30/27/24. No discounts. Contact the Berrie Center Box Office: (201) 684-7844 or ramapo.edu/berriecenter.
Michael Braunstein, Executive Director, Les Paul Foundation
Chris Lentz, Director Media Archives, Les Paul Foundation
Ramapo College President Peter P. Mercer
Nicki Parrott, singer, bassist and member of the Les Paul Trio
Gary Paul, grandson of Les Paul
Beth Anne Sanguesa, granddaughter of Les Paul
Les Paul Studio for Music Recording and Sound Design at Ramapo College
Dedication and Les Paul Festival Concert
Saturday, February 27, 2016
Studio Dedication at 6:00 p.m. EST
Concert at 7:30 p.m. EST
Ramapo College, 505 Ramapo Valley Road, Mahwah, New Jersey
Dedication is H-204
About Ramapo College of New Jersey:
Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as fifth in the Best Regional Public Universities North category, Ramapo College of New Jersey is sometimes mistaken for a private college. This is, in part, due to its unique interdisciplinary academic structure, its size of approximately 6,000 students and its pastoral setting in the foothills of the Ramapo Mountains on the New Jersey/New York border.
Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include nursing and social work. In addition, Ramapo College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels. The College also offers eight graduate programs as well as articulated programs with Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New York Chiropractic College, New York University College of Dentistry, SUNY State College of Optometry and New York College of Podiatric Medicine.