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Monday, January 21, 2019

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Video and Sound Studio Set to Open at SDSU

The Backdoor Studio is located in the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union.
By Associated Students

“The Backdoor Studio gives students from all majors and experience levels an opportunity for creative expression and endeavors.”

San Diego State University’s Associated Students (A.S.) is set to open a new video and sound studio for students of all majors to utilize.

Located on the first level of the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union next to the Pedestrian Bridge, The Backdoor Studio is comprised of a green screen, a camera and sound-proof recording equipment, as well as an editing room with three workstations that include professional-grade software, such as Adobe Creative Suite, Final Cut Pro, Logic Pro X and Ableton Live 10 Suite.

An open house will take place at The Backdoor Studio from 11-1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17. The open house will include tours, live student performances, interactive activities and more.

“The Backdoor Studio gives students from all majors and experience levels an opportunity for creative expression and endeavors,” said A.S. President Chimezie Ebiriekwe. “It gives students the chance to utilize high-quality equipment that they may not otherwise have access to.”

Descriptions and “how-to” tutorials can be found on The Backdoor Studio website. Both novices and advanced users can use the equipment, and trained student staff will be available to assist.

Reserving the video room or one of the editing stations can be done online through the A.S. website. A valid student RedID is required, and there is no cost for students to use any of the spaces or equipment under the current reservation policies.

History of the Backdoor

This project was first proposed by former A.S. President J. Cole, who was a member of the Aztec Music Group. He envisioned a student sound studio that was open to students from all majors. After researching and conducting student focus groups to ensure that the services available in the studio would meet the diverse needs of the students, the Aztec Student Union Board and A.S. Board of Directors voted to move forward with a plan to create a non-academic based, student-run sound and video studio.
The naming of the space is in honor of an important part of SDSU’s history. The original Backdoor was a music venue located in the former Aztec Center. Its name came from the fact guests entered literally through the back of the venue. Despite a capacity of only 250 guests, The Backdoor hosted more than 3,000 concerts, featuring artists such as Jimmy Buffett, Patti Smith, Tom Petty, R.E.M., the Ramones, and Metallica.