Auralex Acoustics: SongFarm

Even as the tools of music production continue to become easier and less expensive, physics does not change, and the acoustical challenges of making a contemporary creative space in what the school could offer were huge. “Auralex made all of the difference,” says F. Reid Shippen.

Glenvar High School is the first of more such projects, bringing the promise of music and other arts into almost any available space in any high school. “And we hope Auralex will be part of that future,” he adds.

Reid Shippen
Musical Merchant Review: Auralex Acoustical Treatment Employed by Music Education Non-Profit SongFarm

Written by Victoria Wasylak for Musical Merchant Review

Products from Auralex Acoustics, Inc. were recently employed as a key part of a project by SongFarm, a non-profit coalition of music pros, educators and businesses that aims to develop music spaces in secondary schools.

SongFarm’s first project, which opened on January 18 of this year, was a studio space at Glenvar High School. There, working with producer/engineer manager Alena Moran of Nashville-based Triple 8 Management on a budget from a foundational grant, they envisioned and completed a highly contemporary and creative music-production studio in a re-purposed storage space.

“It definitely did not sound like a recording studio, by any means,” says F. Reid Shippen. “But we put a call into Auralex and it was nothing short of amazing what you can do with their acoustical products and expertise.” After the installation of a number of Auralex ProPanels, ProClouds, ISO Series products and ProMAX free-standing acoustical treatments, the transformation was complete. “Suddenly, you could now monitor accurately in there,” says Shippen .

“Auralex made all of the difference,” says Shippen. “We gave them the dimensions and what they came up with literally transformed this space into a very usable room,” he says. “I was shocked at how good it sounds now.”

Reid Shippen
WDBJ7: Grammy Nominated Songwriter Gives Back to His Hometown High School.

Written by Jean Jadhon for WDBJ7

Bringing the music home. Grammy-nominated songwriter Ross Copperman is doing just that. 

The seed was planted last year when Glenvar High School Theatre Director Steve Franco brought a group of students to visit Copperman's Nashville studio. "The process seemed so foreign to everyone because not everyone gets to go behind the curtain and see how this works," said Copperman. "And I thought gosh I would have given anything to have access to a studio when I was in high school." 

"The kids were like 'Man this is amazing. I wish we could do this,'" said F. Reid Shippen, Grammy-winning producer and sound engineer. "Ross said 'You can.'" 

Copperman took the idea to the Academy of Country Music Lifting Lives Board. "I said I know this is a crazy idea but I want to build a studio in my high school," Copperman said.

Students will be able to work on writing and tracking songs. Teachers can record podcasts. Microphones are wired into the band room that will allow recordings of a larger group. "The marching band will be able to record themselves," Copperman said. "If they do a Christmas program they can record it and put it out or they can record it and listen back and work on how to improve."

"If you dream it you'll be able to do it in there," Copperman said.

Reid Shippen