Rehearsal halls, smart classrooms, faculty offices, practice rooms, a recording studio and a computer lab are housed in the Music Building. Some faculty offices and courses are held in Leon Auditorium. Performances are typically held in Leon Auditorium or Richardson Hall Auditorium.
The ASU recording studio is a three-room suite for recording and mixing. The studio has a Yamaha O2R console, Mac Pro computer, two IMac computers, Cubase 8.5 recording software, Focusrite, Drawmer, UAD, and Manley preamps, Wavelab mastering software, Native Instruments Komplete 10 software instruments, Melodyne software, MIDI keyboards, Universal Audio effects, a digital piano, drum set, and Neumann, Mojave, and AKG microphones. This studio is state-of-the-art and offers students a facility that none of our peer institutions offer. For this reason, many students have chosen Adams State University because of the studio and we make sure all prospective students visit the studio. This studio has been used extensively by students both in and outside class and has also been used for ASU planetarium voiceover, the ASU Theater department, and by the local video production company Moxiecran media. The studio is the primary class space for the recording classes MUS 375 and MUS 378, is used for student capstone projects, and is used for the upper level applied music composition courses (MUS 342, 343, 444, 445). Students have used this facility to create recordings that have helped gain employment, concert tours, internships, etc…. and four student albums were recorded in 2015-2016. In addition, the area is open to all students, regardless of major or emphases, on a weekly basis to record their music for lessons, compositions, songs, etc…
Leon Recital Hall serves as the main recital facility for Adams State University. This hall, which seats 180 people features a Steinway concert grand piano and a Bosendorfer grand piano, a 21-rank pipe organ, and a two-manual harpsichord. Events that occur regularly in Leon Auditorium include faculty recitals, guest recitals, and student recitals.
Richardson Hall Auditorium
Large ensemble concerts typically take place in Richardson Hall Auditorium. This auditorium seats 520 people. Some of the events that regularly occur in Richardson Hall include a formal concert series for ensembles and guest artist performances.
Music Computer Lab
The music lab contains thirteen stations equipped with new IMac computers, MIDI keyboards, Pyware (the industry standard marching band software), Garageband for music recording, and the latest Finale software (the industry standard music notation software). The lab also contains approximately 2,000 CDs, CD and DVD burners, CD artwork software, and video editing software. In addition, students can access the Naxos Music Library from the computers in the lab, a streaming database with over 2 million tracks. This is facility is the primary classroom for MUS 103, Intro to Music Technology, with students working on the computers and software both in and outside of class. In addition, the course MUS 104, 204, 208, 304, and 308 have students working on class projects in this lab. Students also use the music lab for the course “Marching Band Techniques” and frequently use the technology for individual projects such as arranging music for ensembles.