Delta Music Institute


The DMI recording studios, constructed inside of what was the old Whitfield Gymnasium on Delta State’s campus, are the centerpiece of the DMI Entertainment Industry Studies program.  In addition to four recording spaces, a kitchen/lounge on the first floor of the DMI studios provides a comfortable meeting space and private greenroom.

Studio A

Studio A, featuring a 48-channel SSL Duality Delta console, is a large format studio able to accommodate symphony orchestras, concert bands, mass choirs, and wind ensembles. Studio A includes a pair of Barefoot MicroMain27 and Yamaha NS10 monitors for referencing. The design for the studios was created by veteran engineer/producer Norbert Putnam who remarked, “When I first entered the old Whitfield Gym, I was struck by the amazing reverb being generated by the hard reflective surfaces. It reminded me of Abbey Road’s studio in London.” Putnam continues, “The symphonic room at DMI may well be the largest studio of this type in the academic world.”

DMI students have the opportunity to learn the different recording techniques used in a live reverberant space, as well as the generic absorbing design of the smaller studio.

Like all studio spaces at DMI, a large collection of microphones and outboard gear is available for service in any of the designated studios.

Studio Measurements

Tracking Room

  • Width: 50 feet
  • Length: 83 feet 4 inches
  • Height: 25 feet

Control Room

  • Width: 24 feet
  • Length: 27 feet
  • Height: 9 feet 4 inches

ISO Booths

  • Width: 15 feet 2 inches
  • Length: 7 feet 7 inches
  • Height: 8 feet

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Studio B

DMI Studio B is the workhorse studio of the facility. The studio can comfortably accommodate multiple musicians and provides the perfect tracking room for various types of ensembles. The control room has a Pro Tools Ultimate HD system, 24 channels of analog inputs via AVID HD IO’s, API, and John Hardy M-1 preamps, with a 40-channel AVID S6 surface and JBL LSR4328 monitoring for 5.1 surround sound or stereo mixing.

Studio Measurements

Tracking Room

  • Width: 22 feet 6 Inches
  • Length: 31 feet
  • Height: 16 feet

Control Room

  • Width: 22 feet 6 Inches
  • Length: 22 feet
  • Height: 16 inches

ISO Booths

  • Width: 11 feet 3 inches
  • Length: 13 feet 10 inches
  • Height: 16 feet

Studio C

DMI Studio C doubles as a project studio and classroom. The control room has a Pro Tools Ultimate system with AVID and Focusrite interfaces, an AVID Artist Mix control surface, Slate Raven MTi2 multi-touch production console, Avantone CLA10 monitors, Hear Technologies monitoring system, all on an Argosy Halo desk. The studio is ideal for mixing, tracking bands, and recording small ensembles and is often used for student projects.

Studio Measurements

Tracking Room

  • Width: 24 feet 7 inches
  • Length: 28 feet
  • Height: 9 feet 2 inches

Control Room

  • Width: 24 feet 7 inches
  • Length: 13 feet
  • Height: 9 feet 2 inches


The DMI Sandbox is a small studio space designed for ‘in the box’ recording and mixing. The Sandbox also houses a small editing suite to transfer content from analog media (cassettes, reels, LPs) to digital media (CDs, DVDs, hard drives). The editing suite is equipped with an Apple Mac Mini computer, ProTools 11, Mackie and JBL monitors, a Sony cassette deck, Technics turntable, ReVox PR-99, an Otari MX-5050 1/4″ 4-track and an on-disc printer, providing students hands on application in transferring, editing, and labeling audio for campus and community clients.

Students also have opportunities for entertainment industry research, content reinforcement, and hands on application with various software packages, plug-ins, and auxilliary audio gear. This learning environment is designed to enhance the entertainment industry curriculum presented by the DMI.

2016 Sandbox and Studio C-8

Instruments and Gear List


  • Steinways and Sons grand piano
  • Wurlitzer Organ
  • Saturn Deluxe Organ
  • C3 Organ
  • Roland Fantom X8
  • Korg SP300
  • Korg Triton
  • Yamaha S90
  • Kurzweil K2000
  • Akai LPK25
  • M-Audio Axiom 49
  • M-Audio Oxygen 49
  • Roland RD-700


  • Peavey Scorpion
  • Peavey Classic 30 (2)
  • Peavey TNT 115
  • Peavey KB300 (3)
  • Peavey KB5
  • Peavey JSX
  • Peavey KB 50
  • Peavey Micro Bass
  • Peavey TNT 130
  • Peavey Special 212
  • Peavey Bandit 112
  • Ampeg SVT Bass Rig


  • Taye Drum Kit
  • Tama Drum Kit
  • Yamaha Club Custom Drum Kit


  • Fender Stratocaster
  • Epiphone Sheraton II BB
  • Gibson GS 75
  • Washburn acoustic
  • Taylor acoustic
  • Peavey (bass)

Microphones and Gear List

  • Shure SM27 (4)
  • Shure SM81 (2)
  • Shure SM7B
  • Shure Beta S7A
  • Shure KSM 32 (2)
  • Shure KSM44 (2)
  • Audio-Technica AT-4041
  • AKG C414 (pair)
  • AKG D112 MKII
  • AKG D12 VR
  • AKG C4000 B
  • Sennheiser MD421 (3)
  • Sennheiser MD441
  • Audio Technica 4047 (2)
  • Audix Fusion Drum Set
  • Neumann KM183 (pair)
  • Neumann TLM 170 (2)
  • Royer R-121 (2)
  • AKG C451 B
  • Schoeps CMC 5-U (2)
  • Rode NT4
  • CAD M179
  • Avantone CV-12
  • ADK  2-67
  • ADK Odin (2)
  • ADK Berlin 47-T
  • ADK Zigma HA-FX Cardioid (pair)
  • ADK Zigma HA-FX Hyper-cardioid
  • Electrovoice RE-20
  • Beyer-dynamic M160
  • Beyer-dynamic CK706
  • Sony ECM-50PS
  • Studio Projects TBI
  • Shure Beta 52
  • Empirical Labs EL8-S and EL8-X Distressor pairs
  • Manley Voxbox
  • Pultec EQP-500x/500 series
  • Retro Instruments Sta-Level
  • Tube-Tech LCA 2B
  • Universal Audio 1176
  • Warm Audio EQP-WA
  • Audix i5 (2)
  • SM57 (8)
  • SM58 (6)
  • 500 Series
  • Maag Audio EQ2 (2)
  • Maag EQ4 (2)
  • Shadow Hill Industry Dual Vandergraph
  • Chandier Limited Little Devil
  • Daking Mic Pre 500 90 (2)
  • BAE 73MPL (6)
  • Retro Double Wide
  • DBX 560A (2)
  • API 512c (2)
  • Smart Research C1LA
  • API Lunchboxes (3)
  • DI (7)