sound board inside the music media production studio

Housed on the second floor, the Music Media Production Studios include nine studios with nearly 10,000 square feet dedicated to music media production, music technology research, computer music, and composition. In all, the facilities provide a remarkable range of choices for creative and scholarly endeavors.

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Studio 1

panorama of studio 1

Studio One is the largest control room in the Music Media Production Studios and is dedicated to recording, editing, and mixing music. Part of a suite of rooms, the Studio One control room features the world's first Digidesign 64-fader ICON system. Musicians can be placed in adjacent recording spaces depending on individual project goals. Available choices include five smaller rooms and two larger rooms.

inside the control room of studio 1

There are 94 microphone inputs in the recording spaces surrounding Studio One that can be patched into microphone preamps by Grace Designs, True Systems, John Hardy, Solid State Logic, and Universal Audio. In addition, connectivity is available to the Hahn Recital Hall and the Sursa Performance Hall.

inside of the soundhouse in studio 2

Studio Two is dedicated to recording, editing, and mixing music. The 32-channel Rupert Neve 5088 Swiftmix-integrated console is the heart of the studio.

There are a few names in the industry that are synonymous with quality and many would put Rupert Neve at the top of the list. Rupert Neve is a personal recipient of a Technical Grammy Award, is in the Mix magazine “Hall of Fame”, and Studio Sound magazine named him “Man of the Century”. Often called the father of the modern audio console, his designs are sought after because of their master craftsmanship and sonic character.

“The goal of the 5088 was to create a console with the absolute best possible audio performance, along with the long-term reliability of my original designs. We spent years developing the high voltage circuitry and transformers that have improved the total dynamic range by over 10dB, and the resulting experience of listening to music through a 5088 is beyond anything I have previously witnessed. By adding SwiftMix to the 5088, you will be able to take full advantage of modern digital control, while maintaining an entirely analogue signal path, and thus not compromising the quality which we worked so hard to achieve.”
—Rupert Neve Designs LLC,
studio equipment manufacturer

soundboard inside studio 2

Studio Two has an expanded ProTools|HDX system including three Avid HD IO 16x16 audio interfaces. A large outboard gear collection compliment the Rupert Neve 5088 console from API, Bettermaker, Bricasti, Chandler Limited, Crane, Daking, Electrodyne, Emperical Labs, Grace Designs, Lexicon, MAAG, Moog, Purple Audio, and Solid State Logic.

Studio Two, the control room, connects to recording spaces, Soundhouse C and ISO C.

Studio Three grew out of the need to teach signal flow to beginning audio students. When the facility opened in 2004, all control rooms featured digital consoles and workflows. We found some students had trouble visualizing how the audio signal progressed from component to component because it was all inside the digital console. Studio Three was assembled to use an analog console with outboard compressors and effects units. It includes equipment partially gathered from our studios’ past inventory but enhanced with new versions of classic analog gear and a Pro Tools HD|Native system. In 2016, Studio Three was retrofitted to include a larger Soundcraft console.

Studio Three has connections to recording spaces: Soundhouse C and ISO C.

Studio Four, Five, Seven, and Eight are single-user control rooms outfitted with software/hardware for computer music and recording/editing/mixing. While the software is the same, each studio has a special hardware feature.

  • Studio Four has an analog Serge Synthesizer
  • Studio Five has a vintage Arp 2500 synthesizer
  • Studio Seven has an Avid HD Native system with C|24 control plus a 5.1 playback system.
  • Studio Eight features an 8 channel playback system and has advanced composer resources including many contemporary instrument libraries for music realization. 

If you are wondering what happened to Studio Six, it is now a recording space with connections to Studio One and Studio Seven.

computer lab inside studio 9

Studio nine is the main computer music lab in the suite. Its 10 workstations are filled with software to create, notate, and manipulate music. Each workstation has a MIDI keyboard controller and audio interface. Software includes Adobe Creative Suite, Apple Logic Pro, Avid Pro Tools, Band in a Box, Cycling 74's MAX/MSP, Make Music Finale, Native Instruments' Komplete collection, Presonus’ Studio One, Propellerhead's Reason, Applied Acoustic Systems' Tassman, Cecilia, Soundhack, McDSP plugins, and Superior Drummer.

mixing and mastering booth inside studio 11

Studio Eleven supports mixing and mastering audio for stereo and surround. As a mastering suite, studio eleven can be used to evaluate the sonic performance of the audio project and then to apply audio processes (audio compression, equalization, ambience, etc.) to enhance that performance to current industry standards. As a mixing suite, studio eleven has the same software used in adjacent studios.