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Four Thousand Dollars of Equipment Stolen from Quad Sound Studios

By Krystal K. Phu
By Isabel M. Kendall, Crimson Staff Writer

Four thousand dollars worth of music production equipment was stolen from Quad Sound Studios’ basement studio during a party in the Pforzheimer Igloo on March 30 and has yet to be found, according to studio members and University police logs.

The group’s president, Dylan Vartikar-McCullough ’18 said “a plethora of all different types of things went missing.” Vartikar-McCullough said that microphones, computer equipment, chords, and an Ableton Push all were taken from the studios.

The equipment was originally purchased using funds from the Undergraduate Council, donations from music equipment companies, and alumni gifts.

The student-run music studio was founded in the 1980s, underwent a period of inactivity, and recently saw a revival in 2012, but Vartikar-McCullough said the group has never suffered a theft like this before.

“The studio’s policy is to lock up all the equipment and until now they have never had a robbery,” he said. “We've never had any problems, everyone is super friendly and respective of our space.”

Vartikar-McCullough said the group has been working with the Harvard University Police Department for more than a month to find the missing equipment, but has yet to track any of it down. In the meantime, the group has set up a GoFundMe page to help offset the cost of replacing the missing equipment.

HUPD Public Information Officer Steven G. Catalano did not respond to repeated requests for comment.

—Staff writer Isabel M. Kendall can be reached at Follow her on Twitter @IsabelMKendall.

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