The facilities at City include:
- a flexible Performance Space
- rehearsal rooms
- an ensemble room
- Balinese and Javanese Gamelan
- the main Recording Studio (Audient)
- two recording/mix studios (Neve, SSL)
- three composition/surround studios
- Mac Labs.
Most studios are equipped with either 5.1 or 8.1 Genelec systems.
All of the studios are equipped for sound editing, processing and mixing, and are equipped to deliver multi-track recording and mixing to a professional standard.
As well as general software such as Logic, Sibelius and Pro Tools, these studios are equipped with Native Instruments Komplete, Ableton live, Max and IRCAM.
The recording studio is equipped to deliver multitrack recording and mixing to a professional standard. Following a recent refurbishment, the studio is now equipped with Protools HD (24/24), and an Audient 8024 36 channel in-line analogue console. For the more digitally minded, we also have Euphonix MC Control and MC mix.
The Mac pro is housed in a separate machine room, and has Logic, Protools HD, Native Instruments Komplete and VSL Sound Cube (full version) installed, as well as numerous stand alone effects plugins such as Altiverb. Outboard effects and processing include Maselec MLA-2, Drawmer 1969, Lexicon PCM80 and TC Finalizer.
All the studios at City University of London have access to a large array of microphones, including Neumann U87, AKG414s and Soundfield ST450. Please use the download link below for a full list of microphones available.
The room itself is analyzed and acoustically treated to a high standard. It adjoins, and has line of sight with via control room windows, a vocal booth, a larger live room, and our large acoustically treated performance area.
This enables recordings of anything, ranging from solo instruments, right up to large ensembles and orchestras.
Download the equipment list.
Neve and SSL Rooms
The Neve (Genesys Black) and SSL (AWS 948) rooms are equipped to a very high standard with equipment used in many commercial recording studios.
These rooms can be used for a variety of purposes, including mixing, mastering, multitrack recording and film and electroacoustic composition. The SSL room has a large array of outboard equipment and keyboards, which can by viewed by downloading the equipment lists.
The composition studios include three surround (8.1 / 5.1) studios, one of which is dedicated to film and live electronics work, and three stereo composition studios, all equipped for sound editing, processing and mixing.
As well as general software such as Logic, Sibelius and Protools, these studios are equipped with Native Instruments Komplete, Ableton Live, Max PSP and VSL (full version).
All rooms are spectrum analysed, soundproofed and acoustically treated to a very high standard. These rooms are intended for film scoring, electronic music composition and general pre/post production work.
All rooms are spectrum analysed, soundproofed and acoustically treated to a very high standard.
Recent work created by students and staff in the composition studios has included:
- multichannel compositions
- music for dance
- data sonifications
- works for instruments and live electronics
- digital instrument and software design
- interactive audiovisual environments
- Foley, dubbing, sound design and music scoring for film.
The studios and Performance Space are managed and maintained by full-time technical director Will Goring, and a full-time technician. Technicians also provide specialist workshops for students in mixing and mastering techniques.
Module: Sound Recording and Studio Techniques
The undergraduate elective module 'Sound Recording and Studio Techniques' allows BMus students to learn how to use the studio for both classical and popular multi-track recording and mixing. The module is delivered by professional sound engineers Will Goring and Paul Newis.