Monte Blue Music Building
The Blue Music Building, located on the northeast part of Central Campus, is a diverse and modern facility with many resources for both the music and audio student. The building features a 200-seat concert hall with a Westbrook Johannus Ecclesia organ, 12 teaching studios, three rehearsal spaces, a piano lab, a computer lab, 12 practice rooms, classrooms, and a student lounge. The building is also home to 30 pianos: 5 grands and 25 uprights. The grand pianos are a Steinway model D, three Steinway model L’s, and a Young Chang. The uprights are a variety of Steinway, Boston, Yamaha, and Young Chang.
The Central Campus Lee Davis Library contains books on music and music history, music scores, Groves music dictionaries, CD’s, and vinyl recordings for faculty and student use.
Located in the newly renovated Davison Technical Building, Studio A is the flagship of the San Jacinto College Audio Engineering program. The studio features a state-of-the-art control room, large tracking room, Steinway room and drum room. At the heart of the control room is a pristine 40-channel Solid State Logic SL4000 G+ console with Total Recall and Ultimation motorized fader system. The control room has recently been upgraded to ATC SCM25A and ATC SCM12 powered monitors. The two primary recording systems are a Pro Tools Ultimate HDX system with three HD I/O’s, providing 48 dedicated inputs and outputs, and an Otari MTR90II 24 track analog recorder. Students working in the studio have at their disposal two well-equipped microphone cabinets, three racks of outboard gear, as well as a studio drum kit and Steinway C7 piano.
“B” Recording Studio:
Studio B currently features a Slate Media Technology RAVEN MTi CORE Station with two RAVEN MTis and a Pro Tools Ultimate HDX system with 16 inputs and outputs. This studio is available to students in upper-level audio engineering and MIDI classes. The Studio B Control Room shares access to the drum room and can be used as an additional iso room for Studio A. Beginning in the Spring of 2022 this room will be converted into a 5.1 audio mixing environment using the AVID S6 digital mixing console.
Audio I Classroom / Live Sound Lab:
The Audio I (MUSC 1327: Techniques of Audio Engineering I) classroom is located in the Davison Technical Building, down the hall from the recording studio complex. Live Sound I & II are also taught in this room, which is the only lab of its kind where students are trained to be proficient on 7 digital mixing consoles: Soundcraft VI, Avid SC48, Yamaha QL, DiGiCo S21, Allen & Heath GLD Chrome, Soundcraft Expression 3 and Midas M32. The room also features a Martin Audio WPM line-array and subs as the primary audio playback system.
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Labs and Practice Rooms
Computer Lab: C-5.152
The computer lab, located in the Monte Blue Music Building features 12 workstations, each with an iMac computer and MIDI synthesizer. The lab serves as a study space for SJCC music students as well.
Computer Lab Hours 7:00am-5:00pm Mon-Fri
MIDI Lab: C-15.107
Our MIDI lab features 13 digital audio workstations, each with a 27" iMac, Pro Tools, Reason 11, Focusrite Scarlett 2i2, and M-Audio Oxygen Pro 61 keyboard. MIDI I, MIDI II and Audio Engineering III classes utilize the MIDI lab. All audio engineering majors have access to the lab to work on projects during open lab hours each semester.
Practice Rooms: C-5.123a-l
The Monte Blue Music Building features a suite of 12 practice rooms located in the southwest corridor of the facility. Ten of the rooms feature pianos, one an organ, and another for percussion. The practice rooms are open the same hours as the music building itself.
Piano Lab: C-5.154
The Piano lab, located in the Music Building, features 15 Yamaha Clavinova digital pianos, Keynote Visualizer, and headsets which allow the instructor to work with each student individually throughout the piano class.
Small Ensemble Room: C-5.122
The Small Ensemble Room in the Monte Blue Music Building is used by several of our small instrumental ensembles for rehearsals such as woodwind ensemble, string quartet, and jazz combo throughout the year. It also features both an organ and harpsichord. The 2002 Harpsichord is a French double in the style of Austrian born Benoist Stehlin (1732-1774), a builder in the golden era of French harpsichord manufacturing. It contains two 8 foot stops, a four foot stop, a buff stop, and 61 notes, transposing. The harpsichord was purchased through the Harpsichord Clearing House in Rehoboth, Massachusetts with funds from the San Jacinto College Discretionary Budget of 2009. It was built in 2002 by Paul Kennedy of Danville, Indiana who has been designing harpsichords since 1959.
Jan Corbin Recital Hall
Jan Corbin Recital Hall: C-5.151
Corbin Recital Hall is the primary performance venue for the SJCC music department. It is located in the Monte Blue Music Building and seats just over 200. Concerts, recitals, and other events are held here throughout the semester featuring performances by SJCC students and faculty as well as other featured artists. The recital hall is also home to a Westbrook Johannus Ecclesia organ and the department’s Steinway model D concert grand piano.