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‘MTSU On the Record’ learns recording industry tec...

‘MTSU On the Record’ learns recording industry techniques via videoconference

MTSU recording industry professor Bill Crabtree checks audio levels inside the university's Studio D in Ezell Hall while preparing to teach one of his audio production courses. Crabtree developed methods to teach his students the necessary hands-on techniques required in audio production by setting up video links for his remote classes. (MTSU file photo by J. Intintoli)

An MTSU professor who revamped his audio production class to meet pandemic protocols will be the guest on the next “MTSU On the Record” radio program. 

MTSU recording industry professor Bill Crabtree

Bill Crabtree

Host Gina Logue’s interview with Bill Crabtree, a professor in the Department of Recording Industry, will air from 9:30 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5, and from 6 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 10, on WMOT-FM Roots Radio 89.5 and

Crabtree’s challenge this year was to take the hands-on aspect of operating an audio board and make it understandable via videoconference as students studied remotely.

He mounted three iPhone SE devices throughout the studio and included a video switcher for manipulating the camera feeds.

WMOT Roots Radio-new logo-2017 web “I could switch and show any aspect of the studio using the multicamera system and feed that over Zoom,” Crabtree said. “We also scheduled all of the students for small group, hands-on labs with our graduate assistants.”

Crabtree put his system together during the spring 2020 semester, improved it through experimentation over the summer and taught classes with the refined system last fall.

To hear previous “MTSU On the Record” programs, visit the searchable “Audio Clips” archives at

For more information about the radio program, contact Logue at 615-898-5081 or WMOT-FM at 615-898-2800.