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Logs Will Build New Studio Open to A Capella Groups

By Christine R. Fry


The Logarhythms are building a recording studio in Walker Memorial for use by all MIT a capella groups.

The studio is located on the third floor of Walker and will be equipped with professional recording equipment. It will be available for MIT a capella groups to record CDs by the end of this semester.

“We came up with the idea of making a recording studio because prices [to record CDs] at [off-campus] recording studios are ridiculous,” said Benjamin W. Su ’05, president of the Logs.

“It was just a matter of funding” before the studio could be built, Su said.

Although the Logs were the primary group to build and acquire funding for the studio, the other MIT a capella groups have helped with project and will be allowed to use the studio once it is complete.

“The Logs have handled the administrative aspects” of the recording studio project, Su said.

The Logs have also “been footing the bill,” said Ross I. Runnion ’04, president of the Chorallaries, a co-ed a capella group. He estimates that the recording studio will cost approximately $30,000.

However, Runnion said, “the other a capella groups had to come together to make it happen.” He said that all of the a capella groups had to give up their storage spaces, allocated by the Association of Student Activities, in order to obtain the space in Walker for the studio.

UA, parents provide loans to Logs

The studio “probably cost as much as it cost to produce our last CD,” said Su.

The Logs have obtained interest-free loans from the Undergraduate Association and from groups members’ families to pay for the studio.

Mark A. Sellmyer ’04, a member of the Logs and an Interfraternity Council representative to the UA, said that the UA approved a bill requesting a $10,000 interest-free loan to be paid off by the end of the spring semester.

“We have about an equal amount [loaned by members’] parents,” Sellmyer said.

Groups plan logistics for studio

The plans for how the a capella groups will share the studio have not yet been finalized.

Runnion said that the groups are now working on a written agreement regarding the use of the space and how the groups will contribute financially to the studio. He said that the level of input for the management of the studio will likely be proportional to the amount of money a group has invested in the studio.

“The plan is that [the Chorallaries] will be throwing in as an equal partner,” Runnion said. He said that they will be contributing approximately $4,000 to 5,000.

“The Logs have done a good job inviting other groups” to provide input, said David S. Glasser ’05, publicity director for Techiya, a Jewish a capella group, but “it is likely that [Techiya’s contribution] will be a long-term goal.”

The Logs researched professional recording studios to determine how to build the studio.

Su said that most university a capella groups do not have on-campus studios. He only knows of groups at Dartmouth University and the University of Virginia that have recording studios.

The studio “will be something unique to the a capella community,” Runnion said.