MMP Newsletter - March 24, 2017

Added on by Robert Willey.

Bob Katz is Koming to Town!

Dr. Thompson is hosting a visit next week by legendary audio mastering engineer Bob Katz. Here is the schedule. Communicate with Dr. Thompson if you want to sign up.

Wednesday 3-29

9am- 11am – Core Topic presentation (Essential, important topics) Loudness, Normalization, Metering. Especially important for 300 and 400 level students. This may be the most important presentation.

11 am-12 pm  Music examples following Core topic presentation
2 pm–5 pm Mastering techniques - important for 300 and 400 level students.

Thursday 3-30

 9:30 am-11:30 am Recording Techniques – 236 Students
2:00 pm–5:00 pm Mastering techniques - important for 300 and 400 level students.
6 pm and later Mix review – Bring your MIX!

 Follow the links below to RSVP on doodle as soon as you can.

300/400 Level students:
200 level students:

Career Opportunities at Sweetwater Sound

Jeff McDonald, VP of Human Resources, will be on campus on Wednesday, March 29th to meet with students.

Mr. McDonald will be giving a public presentation about job opportunities at Sweetwater from 2:00–3:00 in Soundhouse A. Enter through door for room 213 in the Music Instruction Building, at the top of the stairs by the left-most entrance to the building.

Let Dr. Willey know if you'd like to meet Jeff, and which of the following slots you're available for:


Sweetwater Field Trip

Whether you meet Jeff or not on Wednesday, you are invited to go on a site visit to Sweetwater in Fort Wayne on Friday, March 31st, sponsored by the Career Center. They will be providing sack lunches to eat on the bus ride, followed by a tour of the facility and a Q&A. The bus leaves at 11:30 a.m. and and will be returning around 5:30 p.m. Let Dr. Willey know if you need a field trip form to present to your teacher.

  • Arrive no later than 11:20 a.m. (the bus will depart at 11:30 a.m.

  • Check in with a Career Center staff member before loading the bus. Career Center staff will be on the first floor of Lucina Hall next to the entrance off of University Avenue. 

  • The bus will be located in the driveway on University Avenue in front of Lucina Hall.

  • Provide the attached notice to any faculty or staff members, as appropriate, for missed classes or work. 

  • Please dress appropriately (no sweats, workout clothing, short-shorts, or low cut shirts). This is an opportunity for you to network and meet a potential future employer, so you'll want to be dressed appropriately. 

  • Lunch will be provided. This will include a turkey or ham sandwich along with a water, chips, cookie, and vegetables. Lunches should be eaten on the bus before arriving to Fort Wayne.

To reserve a place on the bus, sign up using Cardinal Career Link:

Login as a student at
Cardinal Career Link àEvents à Workshops à RSVP to Employer Site Visit: Sweetwater Sound

See the flier for more information.

MMP Senior Showcase

You are invited to attend the MMP Senior Showcase on Wednesday, March 29th from 1:00–2:00 p.m. in Soundhouse C (enter by top of the stairs by the left-most entrance to the MI building). The 18 seniors in MMP 495 will be giving 3-minute overviews of their capstone projects, This may help you come up with an idea when your time comes that applies your portfolio of skills. Topics to include:

  • composing for drone footage
  • film scoring
  • recording studio acoustic analysis
  • creating background tracks
  • music venue service
  • training assistant engineers
  • careers in music retail
  • building a guitar synthesizer
  • building a 21st century Therimin
  • creating an eBook and video game
  • making a hip-hop dance video and promoting using Twitch
  • websites recording, interviewing, and promoting regional bands.

Disklavier News

Brian Hostetler (Piano Solutions) and Michael Brumit (Yamaha) made a visit to campus over spring break and ran the School of Music's three Disklavier through their calibration routines. We have an older model in Soundhouse A, and there are two newer instruments in the Piano Pedagogy Lab across the street. We are using all three in our preparations for the Scott Joplin Online Centennial.

Dr. Willey was in New York City last week to perform his arrangements of Conlon Nancarrow's Studies for Player Piano Nos. 2b, 6, 7, and 21 on Disklavier and synthesizer at the Baryshnikov Arts Center. Short story writer Deborah Eisenberg was there with her husband, actor/playright Wallace Shawn, along with choreographer Lar Lubovitch, and Makia Matsumura from Yamaha. Check out the 360° panoramic photo using a device with a gyroscope (like a phone) or drag across the image in your browser to scroll in order to see the salon atmosphere of the venue.

Alumnus Returns


Rob Cracknell, MMP grad and Live Audio Operations and Engineer at the Interlochen Arts Center, will be speaking at the meeting of the Audio Engineering Society student chapter on March 23 at 7:00 p.m. in Soundhouse C. He will talk about the internship opportunities at Interlochen including live sound and lighting as well as recording. He will also be talking about what he does on a day to day basis.

Promo Video

Here's a video that Matt Vice and Jessica Peterson made about the MMP program, using footage from the MMP 300 class's fall summer exam when they worked with the Max Allen Band.

Songwriting Competition

The International Broadcaster's Idea Bank, Inc. is holding a songwriting scholarship competition. Entries must be received by March 25, 2017.