The Centre for Music and Audio Technology gives you the opportunity to develop your skills and knowledge using industry-standard facilities and software.

Studios and recording equipment

Our state-of-the-art facilities include a spatial audio studio, a Foley studio, ensemble rehearsal spaces, practice rooms, an SSL studio and a flagship Neve recording studio.

Our studios are equipped with technology from leading manufacturers including AMS Neve, Solid State Logic, Avid and Universal Audio.

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The Drilling Shed

The Drilling Shed is home to our flagship studio. The Neve studio integrates a new Neve Genesys Black G48 recording and mixing console with our Genelec 5.1 surround system. The studio has a large live room and a separate vocal booth.

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The Fire Station

The Fire Station provides four professional recording studios including an SSL recording studio containing a 5.1 speaker control room and a live room. It also has an audio post-production studio, a Foley studio and a multi-speaker studio.

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The Smitheries

The Smitheries offers seven sound-proofed practice rooms. There’s also an iMac suite with 15 Apple iMacs, 15 M-Audio Keystation Keyboards and extensive sound recording and production software including Avid Pro Tools, Logic Pro X and Ableton Live.

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Performance spaces and practice rooms

Our on-site performance venues include the Galvanising Shop, a flexible space suited to chamber concerts and popular music gigs, as well as to performance coaching and masterclasses. The 300-seat, 19th-century Royal Dockyard Church, is a beautiful performance space with excellent acoustics.

Additional venues include the Galvanising Shop Café at the Historic Dockyard Chatham and The Deep End in the Medway Student Hub – both of which hold regular music nights.

CMAT students also have the opportunity to perform at the Colyer-Fergusson Concert Hall, a multimillion-pound, auditorium at the University of Kent’s Canterbury campus. Students can travel between the two campuses via a free shuttle bus.

Music and Audio Arts Sound Theatre (MAAST)

Our impressive Music and Audio Arts Sound Theatre (MAAST) is a portable and flexible sound diffusion system designed for the performance of electroacoustic music and research in spatial sound. 

One of the best systems in the UK, it comprises a custom-made 32-channel Gluion console and an array of Genelec loudspeakers which include sixteen bi-amplified 8020s, twenty 8040s, four tri-amplified 1038s, and 7060B and 7070A subwoofers. The console controls the sound diffusion through OSC and Max/MSP.

The set-up allows for diffusion of stereo and multichannel works in two overlapping circles of loudspeakers that surround the audience and an on-stage arrangement for an extended panoramic sound image.

For further information, collaboration/rental, please contact the Director of MAAST Dr Aki Pasoulas or visit our MAAST blog page.


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