Sound and Music
Students on our sound and music courses can benefit from a full range of studios, mix rooms, recording spaces and a vast range of recording equipment.
The production side of media has a heavy reliance on technology, and we aim to ensure that you benefit from the best possible introduction to working with this equipment to prepare you for your career in the industry.
Our flagship Sound Factory studio has been refurbished and is now available to students. Facilities include an Audient 4816 recording console, PMC and ProAC monitoring.
At the School of Digital Media Technology, you can take full advantage of a comprehensive range of state-of-the-art technology and facilities.
The Audix Studio is our main mixing space for final-year Sound Engineering students. Featuring a vintage Audix desk for recording from the main studio and sound processing, the space is ideal for recording, mixing and post-production work. For mixing, the studio features a Digidesign C24 control surface and a Pro-Tools HD2 system with Lynx Aurora converters. Monitoring is provided through Klein and Hummel 0300s and Avantone Mixcubes, with Lynx Aurora converters. As with all of our studios, integration of our outboard processing is possible through the use of the patchbays.
Students on the following courses will use our Audix Studio:
The Toft Studio is our second Pro-Tools HD studio (alongside the Audix Studio), offering a treated recording and mixing space off the main studio. Featuring a 24-channel, in-line Toft ATB recording console and a fully featured patchbay, the Toft Studio is the main mixing and recording studio for second year undergraduates.
Monitoring is provided by Event ASP8 loudspeakers and Avantone Mixcubes. The studio features 24 channels of Lynx Aurora converters and has a dedicated Lexicon tracking reverb.
Toft Studio also features an isolation booth suitable for recording vocals and other solo instruments, making it perfect for isolated multi-track recording along with the main studio (Room 192) and Mix 1 or for overdubs.
Students who will use this equipment include:
The Semi-Anechoic Chamber consists of a control room and recording space. The control room features a Yamaha 02r96 digital console and Gelelec 8040 monitoring, as well as a KRK 5.1 system.
The recording room is heavily treated and offers very little reverb. As well as being an adjustable and interesting space to capture recordings, the chamber also allows us to undertake acoustic testing and measurement for acoustic and loudspeaker design elements of the course. It is also fitted with a large screen for film audio capture where a larger space or a controlled acoustic environment is required.
Students who will use the Semi-Anechoic Chamber include:
The Drumtank is a large, 3m x 5m isolation booth large enough to record drum kits and other instruments where tighter acoustic performance is required. The Drumtank permanently houses a Mapex drum kit with hardware and Sabian cymbals.
Studio live room
The main live room is the recording space to which the Toft Studio, Audix Studio and first three mix rooms are connected. Mix Room 1 and the booth within the Toft Studio provide three different acoustic spaces desirable for tracking various instruments, with the reverb time in the 192 Studio variable through manipulation of the acoustic panels found on the walls.
The live room also features a Yamaha Stage Custom drum kit with hardware and Sabian cymbals.
Studio live room is relevant to these courses:
Mix 1 is a small recording space large enough for drum kit recording and acoustically designed for recording rather than mixing. Mix 1 can be used in a multi-room recording along with the 192 Studio or alternatively, can be combined with either Mix 2 or Mix 3 for smaller recording sessions.
Mix 2 is a small recording space based around Logic Studio and a Mackie Onyx mixer. Monitoring is provided by Genelec 8040 loudspeakers. Mix 2 is either used as a control room to Mix 1, or for tracking from 192 Studio.
Mix 3 is another small recording and mixing room, which can be used with Mix 1 or 192 Studio for tracking. Generally used as a mixing space, the room features a Logic Studio System with Genelec monitoring and an RME fireface converter. Processing is provided with a TC electronic powercore.
Mix 4 is of the same construction as the Drumtank and the isolation booth found in the Toft Studio. Featuring an Allen and Heath Zed16 mixing desk and event monitoring, Mix 4 provides a recording control room to the Drumtank for those looking to record into Logic Studio.
Mix 5 is situated alongside the Drumtank and Mix 4, providing a Pro-Tools enabled control room to the Drumtank. Featuring Focusrite ISA preamps, Mix 5 is a favourite among students looking to record punchy drum sounds into Pro-Tools.
The Mix Rooms are key facilities for students of:
The Foley Studio is part of the virtual studio allocated to post-production audio for the moving image. Featuring a recording system and large screen, the space allows sound and film students to work on sound effects for film and other visual media, and to audition material recorded and presented in 5.1.
Student on the following courses will be particularly interested in our Foley Studio:
Neumann KM184 x 2
AKG 414 x 2
AKG 451 x 4
Sennheiser MD421 x 4
Sennheiser e614 x 2
Sennheiser e604 x 4
Sennheiser e609 x 3
DPA 4090 x 4
Audio Technica ATM250
Audix i5 x 2
Shure SM57 x 6
Shure SM58 x 6
Shure Beta 52 x 2
Rode NT2000 x 2
Rode NT55 x 5
SE Electronics Gemini
SE Electronics Z5600
SE Electronics SE3 x 2
ART M5 Ribbon x 2
T-Bone RM700 Ribbon x 2
This equipment is particularly relevant to students of:
Universal Audio 1176
Empirical Labs Distressor
SPL Transient Designer 2
Focusrite ISA 220
Chameleon Labs 7720
Chameleon Labs 7602 x 2
Toft Audio DC2
FMR Really Nice Compressor
FMR Really Nice Leveling Amplifier
Lexicon PCM 70
JoeMeek Twin Q x 2
Relevant to these courses:
Live sound reinforcement
Nexo Alpha e system
Yamaha P series amplifiers
Mackie 1530 x 2
Mackie SRM 450 x 4
Wharfdale EVP-X12PM x 4
Klark Technik Digital Parametric
Mackie TT24 Digital Live Desk
Yamaha MG24-14 Analogue Live Desk
Allen and Heath PA20 Live Desk
For students on the following courses: