Catamount Recording Studio Field Trip

Last Tuesday sound engineer, Travis Huisman, gave our students a tour of Catamount Recording Studio. He showed us their impressive collection of amplifiers and microphones, vintage tape machines, a wide variety of instruments including electric guitars, drum set, ’52 Hammond C3 Organ and beautiful Yamaha grand piano. Musicians who record here can select equipment that will give them the sound they want.


After visiting Studio A we entered the control room which looked like the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon straight out of Star Wars! The analog mixing console was enormous. Mr. Huisman demonstrated how to use the sliders and knobs to adjust the sound quality coming in on the different channels. He told students that he uses the sound board in conjunction with Avid Pro Tools, industry standard software to edit recordings. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and patiently answered questions from students and parents alike.

The highlight of the tour was when Mr. Huisman demonstrated how the recording process works from start to finish, by recording one of our students performing his own original composition! We are so grateful to have have this learning opportunity.