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 Metric Halo ULN-8 microphone preamplifiers and 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 Soundblade, and Sonic Studio HD.
Processing and metering tools include Metric Halo 80-bit DSP hardware, software plugins from iZotope, Metric Halo, Soundfield, and Sonic Studio, and visualization tools such as Spectrafoo Complete and Insight. The main studio employs a Genelec 8351 Smart Active Monitor system for stereo monitoring, a Genelec 5.1 multichannel system for surround monitoring, and an Aviom A360 system for headphone distribution. Additional production rooms provide Genelec 1031A and three-way JBL studio monitors for stereo work as well as a variety of other software systems suitable for digital audio mixing and production, digital video editing, DVD-Video/DVD-Audio authoring, and multimedia/gaming production for current and emerging high-resolution, multichannel, and interactive formats.
Remote location recording capabilities include 48-channel multitrack recording, Sony and Canon cameras with a selection of lenses, and 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.