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Portrait: Paul Johnston

September 19, 2017


This kind of space doesn’t exist in a lot of undergraduate universities. In terms of the studio's capabilities, isolation and how quiet it is, it’s a lot like some of the really good professional studios in major cities.

It’s great to have this much space and to bring students into a state-of-the-art control room. Even for the non-recording majors—students who are maybe studying composition or performance—to be able to come into a studio like this and record themselves, it’s just amazing.

My favourite part of this entire space is the console. This particular console was my preference and we worked hard at getting it. It was custom made in Massachusetts by API, a company that is one of the biggest names in recording equipment—and the console they made for us is their first in Alberta. How cool is that? 

—Paul Johnston, Assistant Professor and Head of Recording, Department of Music

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