The Digital Audio Recording and Production Studio, located immediately adjacent to campus in downtown Blacksburg, is a state-of-the-art facility for the Music Technology program. It is a 3,500 square-foot multi-room facility with nine acoustically isolated rooms of varying characteristics and a 1988 Yamaha CF III concert grand piano. The main control room and classroom offers multichannel recording and mixing, surround sound monitoring, and video projection. A second production room adds additional video, multimedia and DVD production capabilities.
The facility employs high-quality microphones, including a variety of large and small diaphragm condensers, tube and ribbon microphones from manufacturers such as AKG, Neumann, Earthworks, Soundfield, Royer, Peluso Labs, Shure, and Sennheiser. Our microphones are complimented by world-class microphone preamplifiers, high-resolution custom A/D converters, a fully-automated Sony DMX-R100 digital mixing console, and both native and hardware-based digital audio workstations such as Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Sonic Studio HD, and Sonic Studio Soundblade.
Processing and metering tools include Metric Halo 80-bit +DSP hardware, software, and visualization tools as well as a variety of other software-based and outboard processing systems. The studio provides Genelec and JBL studio monitors for stereo and multichannel surround monitoring, and an Aviom A360 system for headphone distribution. A second production room adds Final Cut Studio, DVD Studio Pro and a variety of other software systems necessary for audio, video, DVD-Video and DVD-Audio production, as well as multimedia production in today's current and emerging high-resolution, multichannel and interactive formats.
Remote location recording capabilities include 48-channel multitrack recording, Sony and Canon HD cameras with a selection of lenses, and two Soundfield MK-V ambisonics recording systems for capturing three-dimensional, fully immersive acoustical events for production into traditional stereo, multichannel, and periphonic audio.
Download a map with directions to the studio in downtown Blacksburg, adjacent to campus a few blocks from the Squires Student Center.