Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: What is this site about, and who am I talking to?

    This site is managed by Ermir Bejo | College of Music, Audio Reinforcement Technical Director |

    We have created this website in order to keep track of the large amount of concert audio support requests at the College of Music. Since email correspondence can get chaotic during recital season, we needed an efficient online solution to organizing live sound requests so that we can better understand your setup and needs. We additionally built a Resources section in order to educate interested students, staff, and faculty about our concert production capabilities.

  • Q: Doesn't Recording Services handle audio requests?
    Our website & forms handle live sound requests ONLY. Our live sound engineers work very closely with Recording Services, but they do not necessarily share the same procedures or goals. Recording Services will separately contact you about your upcoming event regardless of the information you supply to us. 

    For Recording Services related questions, policies, and payment portal visit (
    Q: What should I be aware of before submitting my request?
    Be mindful of requesting too many mics, stage monitors, complex routing etc. on short notice and coupled with unreasonably quick setup times (less than 2 hours). Also be aware that our sound engineers will make their final decisions based on their judgment, available time, and material resources.
  • Q: How many stage monitors do I need for my concert?
    Students tend to request stage monitors even when they are not necessary. Our concert spaces are intimate and there is little benefit in deploying stage monitors if:
    — you can hear yourself
    — you can hear everybody else
    — you like to preserve an intimate acoustic space
    — you do not want to deal with additional setup and sound check times
  • Q: Can I help coiling cables after my concert is over?
    We appreciate the willingness, but please don't help coiling cables during teardown unless you are asked to or have received our authorized training. 
  • Q: Can I know some more about the performance spaces supported?
    The Paul Voertman Hall seats 380 people and is wheelchair accessible. Formerly known as the Concert Hall, the new performance space includes an upgraded mechanical system to reduce noise, multi-layered walls for sound isolation, a control booth, a ticket booth, a Green Room, multi-camera setup, fixed stereo pair recording mics, and updated lighting. Our standard recital reinforcement system configuration includes 16 Meyer Sound surround speakers, 16 input channels, and 6 stage monitor sends. A Yamaha M7CL runs the front of house sound and is fully integrated with our College of Music audio network. This state-of-the-art space is used for guest artist, faculty and student recitals, chamber music and smaller ensemble concerts.

    Room 282/Lab West is a combination teaching, rehearsal and recital hall with terraced seating for 115 people, and is the venue for all jazz recitals. The hall is equipped with risers, drums, guitar and bass amps, special lighting for performances, multi-camera setup, and a 9-foot Steinway concert grand. The reinforcement system includes two separate Meyer Sound stereo speaker sets, one for teaching, and the other for concert use. In addition to the fixed stereo pair and ambient audience mics, in our standard configuration we can record 16 channels of audio to our RedNet preamps, while sending 8 channels to the main speakers for house reinforcement through an Allen&Heath MixWizard analog console. We are in the process of modernizing the audio system in this space and in the near future will be able to integrate it into our College of Music audio network.

    The Music Courtyard renovation showcases a new live performance space, video projection, student and community gathering places along with a significant increase in landscaping. The reinforcement system includes 8 Meyer Sound surround speakers, 16 stage box input channels, and 2 stage monitor sends. A mobile Yamaha QL1 runs the front of house sound. As more events get organized in this space we will be able to get a better understanding for its optimal use. Currently, various chamber sized concerts seem to be a great fit for the space. However, one should be mindful of loud playback during regular teaching hours since the space is surrounded by classrooms and may negatively impact teaching.