Shure Incorporated today announced the ten university and college institutions that have been randomly selected to move onto the final round of its ninth annual Fantastic Scholastic Recording Competition.
In its ninth consecutive year, Shure’s recording contest gives students across the country the unique opportunity to have access to the same legendary, high-quality Shure equipment used by professional musicians and engineers.
This year’s finalists include the following schools:
Anderson University, Anderson, IN
Appalachian State University Hayes School of Music, Boone, NC
Belmont University, Nashville, TN
Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA
Ex’pression College for Digital Arts, Emeryville, CA
Peabody Institute of the John Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
Purchase College, Purchase, NY
University of Miami Frost School of Music, Coral Gables, FL
University of North Alabama, Florence, AL
University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
For the next three months, students from the selected schools will practice and record original composition projects using a microphone locker provided by Shure. The contents of this locker includes two KSM313, two KSM32, two KSM44A, one KSM42, two KSM141, four SM57, two SM27, one Beta 52A, one Beta 57A, one Beta 91A, three Beta 98AMP, two Beta 181/S each with an additional Omni capsule, one SM7B, one VP88, and one A27M. This year, schools will also receive six pairs of SRH440 headphones, which can be kept following the competition period. Musical content is created at the discretion of team members, but must include no less than one vocal track.
All finalists will submit their original music pieces before a judge’s panel comprised of renowned musicians and seasoned industry professionals. Projects will be evaluated based on overall fidelity, clarity, sonic balance, and creativity in selection and placement of the microphones. At the conclusion of the judging process, Shure will announce the grand prize, runner-up, and honorable mention winners. The grand prize winner will receive an assortment of KSM, SM, and Beta products, valued at more than $10,000. Additionally, students from the top three finalist teams will receive prizes ranging from a KSM42 microphone, valued at $999, to SRH840 headphones, valued at $250.
“We’re proud to continue this competition to help foster the creativity of the student teams, and give them an opportunity to use the same equipment being used by some of today’s top recording engineers,” said Terri Hartman, Director of Marketing Communications for the Shure Americas Business Unit. “We wish all of the finalists the best of luck and are eager to hear about their experiences.”
Winners of the Fantastic Scholastic Recording competition will all be announced on or about April 29, 2013.