UCLA Recording Studio Evelyn and Mo Ostin Music Center

Make Your
Best Music

UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music

Evelyn & Mo Ostin Music Center, Room #150
(Across from the Evelyn & Mo Ostin Music Café)


Luis F. Henao, Director


Record, edit, mix and master your projects in the school’s state-of-the-art 4,300 square foot recording studio, available free of charge for all school of music students and faculty. Designed to create the sensation of being inside a musical instrument, the studio walls incorporate a custom-designed wooden “baffle” of Douglas fir and spruce, which absorbs and reflects sound back into the space. The acoustics are live enough to make a solo violinist sound warm and vibrant, yet dry enough to give the clarity and control necessary in a professional recording.

Engineering is performed by a pool of top-level external recording engineers who are hired on a project-by-project basis to pair individual expertise, from large classical orchestral music to EDM. The school waives any copyright ownership over the recorded sound, enabling students and faculty the freedom to publish their work in any form, including commercial and non-commercial recording labels. Since its opening on April 1, 2016, the studio has recorded more than 300 projects in a great variety of musical traditions.

Changing Landscape: A 21st-Century Sense of Place

This article originally appeared in the UCLA Magazine and featured the Evelyn and Mo Ostin Music Center, home to the school’s recording studio.

…Musicians are very particular about their recording spaces. But the Ostin Music Center is a hit with students and faculty — as well as critics. The buildings were honored for design at the Los Angeles Architecture Awards, and they were described by Architectural Digest as “a tour de force of acoustical engineering married to bravura architectural form.” It’s music and architecture in perfect harmony.

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Our mission is to cultivate care and imagination with regard to recording arts, expand our students’ daily way of listening, and facilitate collaborations among performance, composition, education, arts, sciences, and humanities. We do so by offering a designed acoustic space, state-of-the-art equipment, staff expertise, and generous studio time. By supporting faculty and students’ recording projects and music technology classes, along with their development of critical listening and the production of sound libraries, we add unique value to investigations around music recording techniques, sound perception, experimentation with composition and performance, the preservation of instruments’ and voices’ sound, and critical thinking.

Quick facts
  •  Live room size: 1442 sq. ft. to accommodate 40-50 musicians
  •  Percussion isolation booth
  •  Vocal isolation booth
  •  Pro Tools HD system
  •  Console: SSL Duality 72 channels (Analog console)
Equipment List & Usage Fees
Equipment List & Usage Fees
Equipment List & Usage Fees

Reserve the Studio

Students and faculty can reserve studio time using our online recording project application form