Snell Hall Recording Studio


About OSU Music Production and Technology

At Oregon State University the music technology and production program focuses on providing students with the multidisciplinary skill set necessary to navigate today's music industry. Courses are rooted in performance, creation, technical operation and interdisciplinary collaboration involving music technology. Students get hands-on experience with the latest industry standard equipment, collaborate with peers and faculty to create new and innovative music projects, and craft a diverse portfolio with faculty and industry mentors in order to prepare for a career in the music industry.

Meet the faculty

Dr. Jason Fick, assistant professor and coordinator of music technology at Oregon State University, is a composer, collaborator, audio engineer, researcher, and educator actively working with music technology. He holds a Ph.D. in Music Composition with a specialization in Computer Music from the University of North Texas, a Master of Music in Intermedia Music Technology from the University of Oregon, a Master of Music in Composition/Theory from the Pennsylvania State University, and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Creative Music Technologies from LaGrange College. Prior to arriving in Corvallis, he taught at Collin College (Texas) and the Art Institute of Dallas.

As a composer, Fick has created music for various acoustic ensembles, interactive computer environments, fixed electronic media, dance, film, and installation art. His works have been performed at international, national, and local events, including the International Computer Music Conference (ICMC), the International Horn Symposium, the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS), the College Music Society, and the American Colleges Dance Festival. He is also an active audio engineer, having recorded classical, jazz, and popular music in live and studio contexts, audio for film, and dialogue for various commercial projects.

Dr. Fick’s research pursuits are in computer music, interactive systems, audio production, and the pedagogy of music technology. Recent projects include research on the effectiveness of active learning approaches for teaching math and science to audio production students. This work has been published and presented at prominent international, national, and regional conferences, including the Audio Engineering Society (AES) and the Association for Technology in Music Instruction (ATMI). He is a member of the Audio Engineering Society (AES), Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS), College Music Society (CMS), International Computer Music Association (ICMA), and Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI).

Mike Gamble was born in the U.S. of A’s smallest state, Rhode Island, and has been on the road ever since. While he was growing up, Gamble's family lived in rural New Jersey, Atlanta, Georgia; and finally settled in Columbus Ohio, where he gave up sports and video games to pursue music full time. After years of playing sousaphone in marching band, cello in youth-orchestras, and leading numerous rock projects, Gamble decided to pursue a degree in jazz at the New England Conservatory. He now teaches audio production at Oregon State University and is in and out of his apartment in Brooklyn, New York, touring the states and Europe. While living in New York from 2002-2013, he performed monthly with indie rockers Seequill, his solo project Scrambler, as well as other NYC fixtures like Bobby Previte, The Brooklyn Qawwali Party, and Pete Robbins. For seven years Gamble held down a weekly series he called 4playbar4 in Park Slope. He has also has worked on soundtracks, notably "Manda Bala," an award-winning critical look at the Brazilian kidnapping regime and "Captured," a film about how photographer Clayton Patterson has dedicated his life to  documenting the final era of raw creativity and lawlessness in New York City’s Lower East Side. 

From the New York Times:

Atmosphere reigns in “Loomer” (Engine), the intriguing new solo release by the guitarist Mike Gamble, but that doesn’t mean the music lacks for plot or incident. Mr. Gamble, a trained improviser who also travels in the same orbit as the Seattle doom band, Earth, recorded “Loomer” with loops and effects but no preprogrammed material: everything, including the shrewd, shambling drumming, was created alone in real time. (If you’re in New England, you can see him do this live sometime over the next two weeks; check his schedule at Mr. Gamble knows his way around a drone, but he also puts a lot of shifting harmony and texture in these one-man sketches, some of which —  like “I’m on Your Side,” with its abstracted trip-hop beat —  come across as thoughtfully developed compositions.

Aaron Barnhart is a professional musician and engineer with years of experience in the music industry. He has a passion for songwriting, performing, and production that is evident in all the work he creates. He holds a Master of Music from the University of Oregon and a Bachelor of Music from the Berklee College of Music. He went on to be sign a record deal with Universal Music Group, where he released a full length album entitled “Missing Pieces”. After touring nationally, Aaron left the label and released two more self produced EPs under his own Label.

He has a wealth of experience as a touring musician, producer, and engineer. He has toured internationally with GRAMMY winning artists such as Mary J Blige and Fleetwood Mac, and has produced and engineered records for numerous artists and labels. Aaron currently owns and operates Reverent Recording Studios in Salem, Oregon.


Diffusions 9 - A Music Technology Concert

Streamed June 8, 2020 on KBVR TV

Posted with permission of ADAM Audio USA, Nashville, Tennessee

Posted with permission of ADAM Audio USA, Nashville, Tennessee


Posted with permission of ADAM Audio USA, Nashville, Tennessee

Posted with permission of ADAM Audio USA, Nashville, Tennessee

Degree Options & Courses

At OSU, you can pursue a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science with an emphasis in music technology and production.

Current courses

  • Fundamentals of Music Technology
  • Digital Audio Workstations
  • Audio Technologies
  • Sound Design
  • Special Studies in Electronic Music
  • Recording 1 
  • Recording 2
  • Recording 3
  • Mixing and Mastering
  • Live Sound Reinforcement
  • Music Production Ensemble
  • Freshman Music Production Forum
  • Sophomore Production Forum
  • Critical Listening and Analysis
  • Junior Music Production Forum
  • Capstone Project
  • Internship
  • Portfolio Review
  • Music Business and Marketing
  • Arts Entrepreneurship

State of the art technology

Students in the OSU Music Technology and Production program have access to state of the art production and recording gear and a new on-campus recording studio, allowing them to gain practical professional skills and work on complex projects during their entire degree program.

Studio gear list

  • Behringer Truth B3031A
  • Tannoy Reveal 402
  • Genelec 7050A
  • Genelec 1029A
  • JBL EON612
  • JBL EON613
  • YAMAHA PA Speaker
  • Yamaha speaker BR12M
  • Behringer B1200D-PRO
  • Yamaha speaker BR12M
  • Genelec 8330A
  • Focal TRI06 Be
  • Neumann U87
  • Neumann TLM 103
  • Neumann KM 183 mt St.
  • Blue “The Blueberry”
  • Blue “Bluebird”
  • Oktava MK319
  • Oktava MK319
  • Oktava MC012
  • Global Audio GXL2200
  • Scarlett CM25
  • AudioTechnica AT2020
  • AudioTechnica AT3035
  • AudioTechnica AT822
  • Alesis AM 52
  • Shure Beta 52
  • Shure SM58
  • Shure SM57
  • Electro-Voice 635A
  • Apex 381
  • Audix OM2
  • Rode NTG-2
  • Checkmate CM-130
  • Sennheiser MD 421 II
  • AKG SE 300 B
  • Beyerdynamic M130
  • Behringer ECM8000
  • Audio Technica AT713
  • Beyerdynamic MC 930 Stereo
  • Audio Technica AT 4040
  • Rode NT5
  • Lauten Audio FC-387
  • AKG C414 XLII
  • Royer R-121
  • Earthworks TC20
  • Earthworks TC21
  • Shure PGA81
  • Shure PGA82
  • Shure PGA57
  • Shure PGA52
  • Shure PGA 56
  • Shure PGA 58
  • Shure Transmitter T1-CE
  • Shure Receiver T3-CE
  • AC24s Expander Module
  • Audient 8024 Heritage
  • Yamaha MG12XU
  • Midas Venice F16R
  • Yamaha MG10XU
  • Focusrite Scarlett 2i2
  • Focusrite Clarett 2pre
  • Focusrite Scarlett 6i6
  • Digidesign M Box2
  • Yamaha MG102c
  • Pre Sonus AudioBox 44VSL
  • Mackie 1202 VLZ4
  • Yamaha Digital Mixing 01V96
  • DIGIDESIGN ProControl Main
  • Euphonix MC Control
  • Mackie 2404 VLZ4
  • Audient iD22
  • Alesis 3630 Comp
  • Alesis Quadraverb
  • Behringer Multicom MDX4400
  • Alesis M-EQ 230
  • Alesis Midiverb 4
  • Focusrite ISA 428
  • Rane GE 27
  • Roland U-220
  • Alesis 3630 Comp
  • Behringer GEQ 3102
  • Antares AVP-1
  • Focusrite OctoPre
  • Langevin DVC
  • Alesis MidiVerb II
  • Lexicon MPX 110
  • TC Electronic D-Two
  • TC Electronic M-One
  • Focusrite DCL
  • Langevin DVC
  • Focusrite ISA 428
  • Focusrite ISA 220
  • Furman M-8Lx
  • Furman PL-8
  • Avalon VT-737 SP
  • Ensoniq ESQM
  • DBX 131s EQ
  • WARM Tube EQ
  • T.C. electronic dual effects
  • Distressor
  • Lexicon mx400xl
  • Pultec EQP-1A
  • Universal Audio 1176ln
  • Manley variable mew
  • TC Electronic dual effects
  • Berhinger Multigate Pro
  • Berhinger Powerplay Pro