Audio Facilities

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Students currently enjoy access to our studio facilities and we aim to run the programme with approximately one dedicated audio computer between two. This facility is often augmented by student’s laptops, which can connect to the University network wirelessly.

Reserving equipment and recording studios can be done on the online booking system: bookit.eca.ed.ac.uk/. This requires login with your EASE account details.  Most of the equipment we have is very valuable and therefore should be collected from and returned to the studio office; Room G.13, ext. 51 4320.  Return times are between 10am and 11am, collection times between 3 and 4pm (or as advised by the studio manager).

Please make every effort to return equipment on time, as repeated late returns will have an impact on your booking privileges in the future. Less valuable items are available from the cupboard next to the studio manager’s office. Keys for the Russolo Room and studios are available from the safe next to the studio manager’s room.  You will be told the code for this safe in week 1.

If you are unable to attend your studio booking or pick up your equipment as arranged, as the Studio Manager enforces a 30 minute Rule. Please let us know by email or phone if you cannot fulfil your booking. If you are more than 30 minutes late, we reserve the right to pass on this equipment/booking to another student or member of staff.

Should you encounter a problem with equipment or in one of the studios, it is important to let the studio office know immediately. The preferred way to do this is through the help-desk system via studiofaults@ed.ac.uk

Students also have access to a top-flight recording studio in the basement of the Reid Concert Hall.  This space features a PMC TwoTwo 6 surround sound speaker rig, an SSL AWS 900 analogue-digital desk, TC 6000 surround reverb and mastering suite, a Manley Mastering EQ, DAV Mastering grade EQ, Vertigo Compressor, Drawmer Valve Compressor and a Cranesong compressor/limiter. The Reid Studio also boasts a large collection of excellent microphones made by Neumann, Schoeps and DPA and a suite of industry standard audio software including Pro Tools HD, Max, Live, Voxengo Plugins etc.  This special facility is only available on a booking basis with permission to use the space granted after you’ve attended a training course on how the studio works.  Reid Studio Driving Lessons will will be run by the studio manager and you’ll be invited to sign up for them when the semester begins.   You can find out more about the Reid Studio by visiting the studio’s blog site:  sites.eca.ed.ac.uk/reidstudio/.

Bookable audio equipment information also available at:

www.eca.ed.ac.uk/eca-home/facilities/studios-and-workshops/bookable-audio-equipment

and for Equipment Loans:

www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/information-services/computing/audio-visual-multi-media/audio-visual-loans/student-loans

 

The Russolo Room

The Russolo Room boasts a dedicated 5.1 Adam S1x based Surround Sound design studio located in Alison House. This space runs a Macintosh Xeon Quad Core processor with 4Gb ram and 750GB of dedicated hard disk space. The surround system is augmented by a stereo pair of PMC TwoTwo 6 Active loudspeakers and sub unit. Relative amplitude of all speakers is controlled with an SPL 5.1 monitor controller.

The machine runs Pro-Tools, Logic, Nunedo and Digital Performer and is based around a RME Fireface 800. We also recently invested in a PCM96 surround reverb unit made by Lexicon, two AVID (EuCon) control surfaces and SSL and UAD PCIe DSP cards.

Other software includes;

  • Waves platinum bundle 6.x
  • Waves IR reverb and a multitude of sampled acoustics 6.x
  • Logic Audio
  • Nuendo
  • MaxMSP
  • Native Instruments bundle including Absynth, Reaktor, Synths, Vocator and Spektral Delay
  • Sample Manager
  • WaveEditor
  • Soundhack

The Sound Lab

The sound lab is equipped with a lab of 13 iMacs each running Pro-Tools, logic Pro, MaxMSPJitter, AUDICITY, PD, Supercollider and CSound each with an Mbox.  The lab also boasts a pair of Genelec 1032 monitors, and an 8 channel rig of Genelec 1029 speakers attached to the wall.

We have 4 x Digital Video dedicated Xeon Quad Cores running Final Cut Studio and Peak DV and several machines running Final Cut Express.

We recently invested in a Canon XL2 DV camera and tripod for producing documentaries and high quality recordings of events and student work. There is also access to Canon 550 D and two 660D available from the online booking system and collectable from the McGovern Media Centre. www.eca.ed.ac.uk/facility/reprographics

Students also have access to the Adobe Suite, Cold Fusion, Photoshop elements, Proce55ing Blender and Maya.

Microphones:

Matched pair of DPA 4061
Pair Neumann KM 184
Matched Pair Neumann KM 184
Beyer Dynamic shotgun
Audio Technica Stereo Field
AKG instrument mic
AKG 414
Rode NT4
Rode NTA
Beyerdynamic Boundry Mic
SoundMan in ear headphone mics * 4
Sony Field Mic
AKG Drum Mic Pack
Windpac and boom for field recording
AudioTechnica Wireless Levalier Mics
Also access to
Neumann KM140 *2
Neumann KM 130 *2
Neumann KM 120 *1
Portable Mixer
Sennheiser MKH60
Sennheiser MKH30
Various Rycote and DPA wind jammers

Recording:

8 Channel DAV Broadhurst Gardens Pre Amp
4 channel API preamp
Mytek two channel Analogue-Digital Converter
2 * TC Electronics fireworX
2 * DBX DriveRack
HHB Portadisc
Sound Devices 744t
Sound Devices 722
2* Fostex FR2 – solid state hi resolution audio recorder
3 * M-AUDIO solid state portable recorders (MicroTrack 24/96)
3 * Zoom 2 channel portable recorders
TASCAM DA78, 8 channel digital recording to tape
ALESIS ADAT, 8 channel digital recording to ADAT tape
Portable recording Mac Laptop with MOTU 8pre audio interface

Loudspeakers

We have a collection of 10 portable Genelec 1031 loudspeakers for concerts and experimental events. The Sound Lab has an 8 channel sound system for spatialisation experiments and performance and we part-own a Mackie long throw active speaker system. We also have a transportable (but heavy!) five-channel Meyer UPA system for concerts.

Other Hardware

includes reel to reel tape recording, hardware samplers, midi interfaces a Mackie VLZ 1202 portable mixer and a Mackie ONYX 1602 with high quality pre-amps. Portable Genelec Loudspeakers

Venues

In addition to a large number of university venues, ECA boasts two performance spaces (The Reid Concert Hall and St. Cecilia’s Hall). The Atrium of the Graduate School has been developed into a hybrid performance and presentation space with ATC loudspeakers and high lumen projector.