NILES, IL--Shure Incorporated announced today that a three-member team from the Music Department at Texas State University is this year's Grand Prize Winner of the fourth annual "Fantastic Scholastic Recording Competition." The three-student team of Joel Cowen, Adam Brisbin and Jordan Lott, with faculty advisor, Mark Erickson, won this year's Shure contest with an original composition by Graham Wilkinson and the Underground Township entitled "Let It Go."
"First off, we'd like to congratulate the winning team from Texas State and to thank all of the students who participated in the contest from all of the schools," said Dave Mendez, Market Development Specialist from Shure, who coordinated the competition. "The winning project really stood out on top of all the entries in this year's contest and it's even more incredible when you look at the amazing panel of judges we had doing the evaluations."
In addition to the Texas State University team, there were nine other competing teams from Anderson University, Biola University, Butler University, California State University (Chico), Middle Tennessee State University, Ohio University, The Hartt School at the University of Hartford, the University of New Haven and the University of South Carolina School of Music.
Each of the 10 student teams worked on a recording project that consisted of tracking and mixing a performance, exclusively using a "microphone locker" provided by Shure for the competition. Teams submitted a stereo mix for review by a panel of industry professionals who were selected by Shure to judge the competition.
"Using the Shure microphones actually gave them as many if not more choices than they would normally have when they come in to do a recording project," said Mark Erickson, the team's faculty advisor. "My experience with Shure mics has been a lot of [SM] 57s and [SM] 58s, of course...but they were also talking about the SM7...they liked that one. Based on what they've said, I'm pretty excited to hear what the KSM44 sounds like."
"I hadn't really ever used many Shure condenser mics, but we put the [KSM] 44s on everything, lots of stuff...guitars, vocals," added sophomore Adam Brisbin. "It gave a really clear, really nice sound."