Delta Music Institute
The Delta Music Institute is pleased to offer affordable high quality audio recording services to the Delta State community, and the public at large. These recording services offer entertainment industry majors an opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge they gain through their DMI course work under the supervision of faculty professionals. This type of opportunity offers clients an exceptional recording experience along with a substantial savings over commercial studio rates.
To complete a high-quality, professional level recording project, here is the process:
1. PRE-PRODUCTION: A meeting or phone call with your engineer to discuss project goals, technical needs, budget and scheduling, and your material.
2. TRACKING: For a band/group project, tracking is the process where the key players in the band record tracks for the foundation of each song. This stage usually involves rhythm instruments (drums, bass, keyboards, guitar, etc.). This stage could also involve loop-based production using computers and/or digital audio workstations (DAW).
3. OVERDUBS/VOCALS: Once tracking is complete, additional instruments and vocals are added. This is called overdubbing, and often this stage of the session may involve only one musician or vocalist and the engineer.
4. MIXING: After all the parts of the song are recorded (rhythm tracks, overdubs, vocals), the engineer applies audio technology to each individual track as well as the whole track and mixes the recording to a stereo track – L and R. This step takes time and very critical listening by the engineer.
5. MASTERING: This final step in the recording process involves very small audio adjustments to ‘maximize’ the sound quality of the recording. This step is not required, but it is recommended if you plan to put your work into the marketplace.
DMI requires a deposit of 50% of budget estimate three working days before recording begins, with the balance to be paid at completion of the project. Clients must provide their own media for file storage (external hard drive, DVDs, etc.) Audio files will be released to client upon full payment. Checks should be made payable to Delta Music Institute. Any exceptions to this policy will be at the discretion of the DMI Director. Requests for information regarding studio price, availability and scheduling should be directed to the DMI office by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or hard copy at DSU Box 3114, 1003 West Sunflower Road, Cleveland, MS, 38733.
Recording sessions may be requested any day of the week that the university is in operation, as long as sessions do not conflict with DMI classes or events. Each DMI studio has a set rate which includes the services of a qualified student engineer. A recording session is a unique environment that requires preparation, focus, and patience on the part of both the artist/client and engineer. Most recording projects take longer than expected due to required set-up time and technical preparation by the engineer in order to achieve the highest-quality results for the artist/client. “I’ve got two songs – just me and a guitar – I can knock that out in an hour, right?”
Audio Production Services
Music producer: A music producer expands an artist’s existing creativity through arrangement, lyric, and rhythmic or melodic assistance as needed. A producer effectively runs a session to get the most out the time allotted, keeping it stress-free for the artist. A producer understands the language of music, and knows how to communicate with musicians and singers to coax from them the best performance they can deliver.
Live sound support: Live sound support consists of front of house (PA) and monitor set-up, support, and mixing for small and large live events (festivals, concerts, club/music venues, speaking events). Audio tech teams are made up of DMI students supervised by DMI faculty. For more information about live sound services, please complete the request form or contact the DMI office at (662) 846-4579.
Audio transfer and editing services: Audio transfer converts the content of analog media (LPs, cassettes, reel to reel, 8-track) to digital media (CDs, DVDs, Hard Drive). Basic audio restoration (removing pops, crackles, random noise, etc.) and duplication services are also available. Current transfer rates & policy: transfer and/or editing rate is $20/hr (editing suite requires a one-hr. minimum of time).
The DMI Entertainment Industry program is the home of three popular bands, each of which performs a repertoire of American roots music from the genres of blues, soul, funk, and rock. As part of the DMI’s commercial entertainment application, these bands are available for bookings at festivals, conferences, schools, corporate and private events. The high energy performance of both of these bands and their dedication to the original recordings is sure to entertain audiences of all ages.
Ol’ Skool Revue, a musical group of students and faculty from the DMI Entertainment Industry program at Delta State University, is an area favorite to music lovers of the ol’ skool sound. Ol’ Skool Revue has an extensive repertoire that includes hits from the Blues, R&B, Soul, and Funk genres. Band members have become students of the history of the songs and the session musicians that made the songs hits, such as the Funk Brothers from Motown, the Stax session players from Memphis, and the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section from north Alabama.
Students may enroll in OSR for one credit hour per semester. DMI 361 auditions are required at the beginning of each semester to determine skill level and placement within the band. Scholarship funds are available. See the scholarships section on the Students page for information and a scholarship application. In addition to local and regional events, Ol’ Skool Revue has performed at Hal & Mal’s (Jackson), Douglas Corner Cafe (Nashville), The International Blues Challenge (Memphis), and The Chicago Blues Festival.
DeltaRox, a musical group of students and faculty from the DMI Entertainment Industry program at Delta State University, is an area favorite to music lovers of the classic rock sound. DeltaRoX’s set list includes hits from the 70’s and 80’s in the Classic rock genre of American music. Barry Bays, EIS instructor noted that, “this DMI ensemble works hard to present a wide range of songs that have grown out of various styles of roots music to become American classics.” The band has performed at DSU Pig Pickin’, DSU Homecoming, MAC Conference, Crosstie Arts & Jazz Festival, Octoberfest, Tootsie’s, Douglas Corner Cafe`, Airport Grocery, and more.
Students may enroll in DeltaRox for one credit hour per semester. See the scholarships section on the Students page for information and a scholarship application. DMI 362 auditions are required at the beginning of each semester to determine skill level and placement within the band. Scholarship funds are available.
B2Y4K, DMI’s newest commercial ensemble, is made up of students who study and perform hits from the 90s. Students go through an audition process at the beginning of each semester in order to be a member of this band. Students passing the audition may enroll in B2Y2K for one credit hour per semester. See the scholarships section on the Students page for information and a scholarship application. Scholarship funds are available.