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.

Sound Factory

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.

Audix Studio

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:

BSc (Hons) Sound Engineering and Production
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Toft 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:

BSc (Hons) Sound Engineering and Production
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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.

Bsc (Hons) Sound Engineering and Production

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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:

Bsc (Hons) Sound Engineering and Production
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Mix Rooms

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:

Bsc (Hons) Sound Engineering and Production
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Foley Studio

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:

BSc (Hons) Film Technology and Visual Effects
BSc (Hons) Music Technology
BSc (Hons) Sound Engineering and Production
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Microphone list

Neumann U87
Neumann KM184 x 2
Peluso 428
Mojave MA-200
AKG 414 x 2
AKG 451 x 4
AKG D112
Yamaha Subkick
Sennheiser MD421 x 4

Sennheiser e614 x 2
Sennheiser e604 x 4
Sennheiser e609 x 3
DPA 4090 x 4
Audio Technica ATM250
Audix D6
Audix i5 x 2
Shure SM57 x 6
Shure SM58 x 6
Shure Beta 52 x 2

Shure 444
Rode K2
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:

BSc (Hons) Sound Engineering and Production
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Outboard list

Soundfield SPS422B
Soundfield SP451
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
Lexicon MX550
JoeMeek Twin Q x 2

Relevant to these courses:

BSc (Hons) Sound Engineering and Production
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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:

BSc (Hons) Sound Engineering and Production
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