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Audio/Sound started in the Theater program in 1990. In 2001, SUNY Niagara became the first college in New York State to be affiliated with Digi-Design, and are a Certified Training Facility for them. Between 2001-2007, we saw a growth in additional course offerings and in 2008 we introduced the Audio Certificate Program. Our equipment and courses support the College’s Digital Media, Theatre, and Music Programs. We feature the largest collection of ProTools works station in the area, and boast over 50 systems, 4 HD rigs, as well as microphones, digital mixers, synthesizers and the state of the art 5.1 sound system installed in the theater. This equipment provides students with a state of the art education.
Program Goals and Objectives
  • To facilitate students’ creative application of digital recording techniques in audio recording and production.
  • To prepare students with the necessary skills for entry-level positions in audio recording or production.
  • To provide practical hands-on experience in the use of digital recording software for creating audio recordings.
  • To provide students with a thorough understanding of digital recording software programs and their application in audio recording and production.

Alumni Spotlight

David Mahon ’20

“The Audio Recording and Production faculty are awesome and extremely knowledgeable, each having their own background in audio, which is super helpful for whatever it is you want to do. The program allows you to take full advantage of the extensive inventory of audio equipment, countless high-quality microphones, and MIDI controllers/keyboards at any time! I chose SUNY Niagara because there is not a school within any reasonable distance that offers this type of curriculum. I highly advise starting here, the classes are anywhere from 1/5th to 1/10th the cost of other programs.”

David Mahon

AVID Course Cost Comparison

Interested to see how local New York and Ontario, Canada AVID Training Partners Compare? Note: Credits cost $190 per credit hour.

Course Cost Comparison

Certificate Program Learning Outcomes

The assessment of student learning outcomes is not only a key indicator of program effectiveness, it is also one of the standards of excellence identified by the Middle States Commission (Standard 5) and is required through the SUNY assessment initiative.

View Learning Outcomes.

Faculty Spotlight

Joe Schmidt

From touring all over the world with the Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney to assisting with events surrounding Pope John Paul II’s World Youth Day, Joe Schmidt has a wealth of experiences from which to draw upon when teaching students in Audio Recording and Production, Theatre Technology and Welding. His career in concert production has provided him with many unique opportunities that he now shares with a younger generation.

As part of the Audio Recording and Production program, many students assist with the set-up, operation, and strike of the popular Music is Art Festival at Silo City in Buffalo. When advising students, Joe mentions the benefits of this line of work, but also the grueling schedule. “It is hard work, so if you’re not in that mindset at the beginning, you better change your mind on how to do this or change your major. You have to give it 110%, and the ones who do really succeed.”

Joe Schmidt

Program Contact

Joseph Schmidt
Program Coordinator
Phone: 716-614-5971
Location: F-131
Division Office: 716-614-6460