The Music Technology Laboratory is divided into two areas: the main recording studio and the computer music lab. Both offer a comprehensive set of equipment which can be used in electronic music composition, computer music research and audio recording and production. The recording studio is also fully equipped for electronic and computer music research and composition. The computer music lab can also be used for small recordings which do not require a live room.
Electronic Music & Recording Studio
The Music Technology Lab studio is composed of two adjacent areas: the control and the live room. They were both specially designed and built with optimum acoustic treatment providing an excellent environment for sound recording and production. The studio control room is centered around an Audient ASP 8024 mixing desk which feeds two digital multitrack recorders (Alesis HD24 and ProTools 10 on a Mac Pro hard-disk recording systems.
Control-room monitoring is based on two systems, Dynaudio and Genelec. Other equipment include effects processors, synthesizers, samplers and a range of microphones from AKG, Neumann, Sennheiser and Shure, Yamaha Custom Drum Kit, Gibson Electric Guitar & Amp.
The computer lab is composed of 12 macintosh workstations loaded with the latest OSX with ProTools 10, Sibelius 7.1.2 and a range of applications including Aquamacs, CSound, DSPMAX, Sonic Visualiser and other similar programs.
The Mastering Suite, located at Room 50 Logic House, provides a modern digital studio environment suitable for mixing, mastering, and composition. The studio features a Pro Tools10 HD DAW with a C24 Control Surface and Genelec 5.1 Surround monitoring system, making it an ideal environment for multichannel audio production.
Music lectures take place in several locations around the campus. The Department of Music has three specialised rooms for lectures, each of which has been recently refurbished: The Bewerunge Room, The O’Callaghan Room, and The New Music Room. Each room is equipped with a grand piano, data projector with PC and laptop connections, built-in audio, and a document camera. Each room also features a Sympodium interactive display system.
Regular lunchtime concerts, final-year recitals, and many student-run events occur in Riverstown Hall. The Aula Maxima has recently been used for orchestral concerts, electroacoustic concerts, and concerts organised by participants on the Music Technology BA programme.
Our Equipment List is extensive and includes the following:
- Avid HDx Bundle (HDx 16 Ch 96IO Audio Interface/ Plug-ins)
- Dynaudio BM6a & Sub; Genelec 8030 & 8040 Compact 2-way Active Monitors
- Genelec 7050B Active Subwoofer
- Jazzmutant Lemur Control Surface
- Audient 8024 - 36 Channel input
- Protool 10 using HDX system
- Synths including Roland JP8080, Yamaha EX5R
- Sampler AKAI S3000 XL
- Effects from Lexicon, Alesis and Yamahas
- Keyboards from Studio Logic
- Various Mixing Desks from Behringer, Mackie and Spirit
- Yamaha Custom Drum Kit
- Gibson Electric Guitar & Amps
- Digidesign Plugin Suites
The primary venue for practice and performance tuition is the Performance Suite, a purpose-built building located on South Campus behind Logic House. Since its opening in 2008, the Performance Suite has provided practice facilities for all instrumental and vocal students. Rooms in the Performance Suite are acoustically treated and equipped with pianos.
Additional practice space is available in the Practice Room Block adjacent to the Performance Suite, housing both upright pianos and clavinova keyboards. The Practice Room Block also houses the Keyboard Lab, which features nine Yamaha clavinovas for group keyboard work.