The Australian National University (ANU) School of Music has opened a new recording studio, centered around a Neve Genesys G96, that it says is the cornerstone of its vision to become the world’s leading 21st century music school. The 48-channel console is the largest of its kind in Australia, and will allow for flexible analogue, digital and hybrid recordings.
According to the ANU, the newly refurbished recording studios are designed to underpin the delivery of ANU’s Music Technology Major and facilitate research outcomes for all School of Music staff, as well as giving Australian musicians and bands access to a world-class facility.
The studio refurbishment was led by Assoc. Professor Samantha Bennett, following a $250,000 major equipment grant – ‘Wired For Sound’.
Professor Bennett worked closely with Australian acoustician John Sayers, audio specialists Sound Advice and building team Cobul Construction in order to realise the new facilities, which features many ‘gold standard’ technologies including Pro Tools HDX, Ampex and MCI analogue tape recorders, a DynAudio surround sound monitoring system and an impressive range of compressors and preamps, centered around the Genesys.
“We have built this world-class studio to the very highest acoustic and technological standards. It is a truly ‘gold standard’ facility for our School, for the ANU, for Canberra and for Australia,” states Professor Bennett.
“The creative research and educational value is huge. Recording opportunities will underpin all of our majors especially in the delivery of our new undergraduate Composition for Film and Video Game Major, as well as being an invaluable resource for postgraduate students and researchers.”
The new studio will also now be able handle full orchestral recordings, with more than 100 new lines linked to the nearby concert venue Llewellyn Hall.
Head of the ANU School of Music, Professor Kenneth Lampl, believes the new facility will be the training ground for the next generation of young music artists and researchers in Australia.
He stated: “This new recording studio provides students a unique 21st century musical experience by creating a vibrant intersection between performance, composition and technology, nurturing the values of creativity, excellence and entrepreneurship.”
Professor Bennet concluded, “We are so proud to be affiliated with AMS Neve and even prouder of our stunning 48-channel Neve Genesys console, which is the very heart of our new studio. When refurbishing our recording facilities and updating our equipment, our console choice was a no-brainer. With unrivalled microphone preamplifiers, stunning 1084 and 88R EQ and the flexibility of analogue, digital and hybrid workflows, our Neve Genesys is the jewel in our studio’s crown”.
Staff and students will be able to use the new recording studio from June this year.
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