Music

Facilities

The School of Music and Fine Arts new multi-million pound Medway development at the Chatham Historic Dockyard includes industry-standard facilities for Music, Fine Art, and Events & Experience Design students.

The new music facilities include a spatial audio studio, a foley studio, an ensemble rehearsal space, practice rooms, an avid hd postproduction studio and a flagship recording studio. All of the new studios are designed by DACS.

 

 

The Foundry

Based at the School of Music and Fine Arts in the Chatham Historic Dockyard, The Foundry provides home to one School’s facilities providing flagship music industry-standard studio for Music and Audio Arts degree programmes at Kent. The Foundry contains a 5.1 Control Room with a collection of outboard gear, a Live Room and Vocal Booth.

 

Equipment in The Foundry

Foundry Recording Studio

Software:

  • Avid Protools 11
  • Logic Pro X
  • Max MSP 6
  • Native Instruments Komplete 9
  • GRM Tools
  • Meolodyne
  • UAD-2 Octo plug-ins
  • Izotope RX3
  • Audiosculpt

Hardware:

  • Apple Mac Pro
  • SSL XLogic Audio Interface
  • SSL Matrix Super Analogue Desk
  • 2x DAV BG8 8 Channel Pre Amps
  • Dacs Headlite 4 Channel Headphone Amp
  • DBX 1074 Quad Gate
  • Universal Audio 1176LN Limiter
  • Teletronix LA-2A Compressor
  • Manley Pultec EQ
  • Lexicon PCM96 Stereo Reverb
  • 5.1 Genelec Surround Monitors

Instruments:

  • Vox AC30 Guitar Amp
  • Ashdown Mag EVO Bass Amp
  • SJC Custom Drum Kit with Zildjian Cymbals
  • Yamaha C3 Grand Piano

Microphones:

  • AKG C414 Stereo Pair
  • AKG Rhythm Set
  • Neumann KM184 Stereo Pair
  • 3x Sennheiser MD421 
  • Shure Beta 52
  • 3x Shure SM57
  • sE Electronics Gemini
  • Newman Retro MkII

The Fire Station

The Fire Station provides three professional recording studios including an Avid High Definition post-production studio containing a 5.1 speaker Control room and a Live room. It also has an Audio Post-production Studio, a Euphonix Studio and a multi-speaker Ambisonics Studio.

Upper floor

The Fire Station (upper floor) provides students with an Avid HD post-production studio containing a 5.1 Control Room and a Live Room, as well as an Audio Post-production Studio.

Facilities within the Fire Station (upper floor):

  • Avid HD Studio - with Live Room
  • Audio Post Production Studio

 

Equipment in The Fire Station (Upper floor)

Avid HD Studio

Software:

  • Avid Protools 11
  • Avid Symphony HD
  • Native Instruments Komplete 9
  • GRM Tools
  • Meolodyne
  • Logic Pro X
  • Max MSP 6
  • Izotope RX3

Hardware:

  • Apple Mac Pro
  • Avid HD I/O Audio Interface
  • Avid Mojo DX Interface
  • Digidesign Control 24 with 16 focusrite Pre-amps
  • Samson 4 Channel Headphone Amp
  • 5.1 Genelec Surround Monitors

Insturments (Live Room):

  • Yamaha Stage Custom Drum Kit with Zildjian Cymbals
  • Mackie PA system
  • Orange and Fender Guitar amps
  • Fender Bass Amp
  • Yamaha Guitar
  • Yamaha Bass Guitar
  • Roland Keyboard

Microphones:

  • AKG Drum Set
  • AKG C414
  • Samson Drum Set
  • Neumann KM184 Stereo Pair
  • Rode NT2-A
  • 2x MD421
  • 2x Shure SM57
  • 2x Shure SM58
  • Rode NT5 Stereo Pair
  • Rode NT4
 

Audio Post-Production Studio

Software:

  • Avid Protools 11
  • Native Instruments Komplete 9
  • GRM Tools
  • Meolodyne
  • Logic Pro X
  • Max MSP 6
  • Izotope RX3

Hardware:

  • Apple Mac Pro
  • Digidesign 002 Audio Interface
  • Stereo Genelec 8030A Monitors
  • Novation Controller Keyboard
  • T.C Electronic DSP Plug-ins
  • Komplete 7
  • East West Gold
  • Vienna Instruments
  • Rode NT2

 

Ground floor

The Fire Station (ground florr) provides students with a Euphonix Studio with a Foley Room, as well as a multi-speaker Ambisonics Studio.

Facilities within the Fire Station (ground floor):

  • Euphonix Studio - with Foley Room
  • Ambisonics Studio

 

Equipment in The Fire Station (Ground floor)

Euphonix Studio

Software:

  • Avid Protools 11
  • Native Instruments Komplete 9
  • GRM Tools
  • Meolodyne
  • Logic Pro X
  • Max MSP 6
  • Izotope RX3

Hardware:

  • Apple Mac Pro
  • Focusrite Saffire Liquid 56 Audio Interface
  • 2x Euphonix Artist Mix
  • Euphonix Artist Control
  • Euphonix Artist Transport
  • Mackie Big Knob
  • TC Electronic DSP Plug-ins
  • Samson 4 Channel Headphone Amp
  • KRK VXT4 Stereo Monitors
  • Rode Broadcast
  • Rode NT4

Ambisonics Studio

Software:

  • Avid Protools 11
  • Native Instruments Komplete 9
  • GRM Tools
  • Meolodyne
  • Logic Pro X
  • Max MSP 6
  • Izotope RX3

Hardware:

  • Apple Mac Pro
  • Apogee Symphony I/O Audio Interface
  • Soundcraft Spirit Mixer
  • 8 x Surround Genelec Monitors
 

The Smitheries

The Smitheries

  • Six sound-proofed practice rooms/acoustic booths.
  • Electronica Studio - stereo production room
  • iMac Suite

 

Equipment in The Smitheries

 

iMac Suite

Software:

  • Auralia 4
  • Musition 4
  • Sibelius 7 
  • Pro Tools 11
  • Logic Pro X
  • MaxMSP 6
  • GRM Tools
  • Adobe Design Premium CS5
  • Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5
  • AutoCAD 2013
  • Final Cut Studio 7

Hardware:

  • 16 x Apple iMacs
  • 15 x M-Audio Keystation Keyboards

Practis Rooms

Instruments:

 

Electronica Studio

Software:

  • Avid Protools 11
  • Native Instruments Komplete 9
  • GRM Tools
  • Meolodyne
  • Logic Pro X
  • Max MSP 6

Hardware:

  • 15 x Apple iMac
  • Mackie Onyx 12 Interface/Mixer
  • Analogue Systems Modular Synth
  • DACS Freque II Ring Modulator
  • Sherrman Filterbank
  • Dave Smith Prophet
  • Akai Contoller 49
  • KRK VXT6 Stereo Monitors

iMac Room

Equipment in the iMac Room

iMac Room

Software:

  • Auralia 4
  • Musition 4
  • Sibelius 7 
  • Pro Tools 11
  • Logic Pro X
  • MaxMSP 6
  • GRM Tools
  • Adobe Design Premium CS5
  • Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5
  • AutoCAD 2013
  • Final Cut Studio 7

Hardware:

  • 21 x Apple iMacs
  • 15 x M-Audio Keystation Keyboards

 

Performance Spaces

On-site performance venues include the Galvanising Shop, a flexible space suited to chamber concerts and gigs, and the 400-seat, 19th-century Royal Dockyard Church, which has an excellent acoustic and hosts a number of concerts by students and guest musicians. There are a number of other suitable performance spaces within the Dockyard as well as the Colyer-Fergusson Concert Hall, a multimillion-pound, state-of-the-art auditorium at our Canterbury campus. There are also a couple of gig venues onsite including Cargo at Liberty Quays, The Deep End and The Galvanising Shop Café.

 
  • Galvanisng Shop
  • Royal Dockyard Church
  • Colyer-Fergusson Concert Hall

Equipment

In addition to the equipment in our studio suite, our students have access to a wide range of equipment to allow them to experiment with a variety of different approaches to the same audio problem. This equipment is available for use by our students for many different assignments throughout their course. This list is not comprehensive and is subject to change.

Mixing Desks

  • Allen & Heath ZED 420 20:4 channel mixing console
  • Alesis Multimix 12 Firewire 12 channel portable mixing desk

Studio Monitors

  • Genelec 8030A studio quality monitors (pair) and stands
  • Mackie SRM350 PA/foldback speakers (pair) and stands

These are in addition to the monitors in all the studios, post production rooms and seminar room.

Portable Recording Equipment

  • Alesis HD24 (24 channel, 24 bit, 96kHz) in flight case
  • Edirol R-4 four channel audio recorder
  • Marantz PMD670 professional solid state recorder
  • Macbook and Digidesign M-Box with Logic 8 and Pro Tools
  • M-Audio Microtrack (x3)
  • Zoom H2 Portable 4 channel recorders (x12)

Microphones

  • AKG C414 with switchable polar response (x2)
  • AKG C400 boundary microphones (x2)
  • AKG CK91 & CK94 in Mid/Side configuration with windshield (x2)
  • AKG drum microphone collection
  • Audio Technica AT202
  • Audio Technica AT3032 matched pair
  • Neumann KM184 matched pair
  • Røde Broadcast large diaphragm capacitor
  • Røde M3 (x2)
  • Røde NT2 large diaphragm capacitor
  • Røde NT4 stereo microphones (x2)
  • Røde NT5 matched pair
  • Røde Video stereo microphones (x3)
  • sE Electronics Gemini twin valve microphone
  • Samson drum microphone collection
  • Sennheiser HD421 (x2)
  • Sennheiser K6 shotgun microphone
  • Shure Beta 52
  • Shure SM57 (x3)
  • Shure SM58 (x3)
  • Sony ECM-959DT mid-side based stereo microphone
  • Sony ECM-989 mid-side stereo microphone with adjustable angle
  • T.Bone EM900 (x2)

A large number of professional microphone stands in various sizes

Keyboards

  • Kemble modern upright piano
  • 7 x Yamaha P60 electronic piano with weighted keyboard
  • 2 x Roland Juno-D modern sample-based synths
  • 2 x Novation X-Station combined analogue modelling synthesiser and audio interface: 61 and 25
  • Roland Juno 6 vintage analogue polyphonic synthesiser
  • Korg PolySix vintage analogue polyphonic synthesiser with patch memories
  • Yamaha DX11 classic four operator FM synthesiser
  • Yamaha SY35 combined FM/AWM vector synthesiser
  • Casio CZ-101 phase distortion synthesiser

A large number of MIDI keyboard controllers

Drums

  • Yamaha Stage Custom kit with Zildjian Avedis cymbals
  • Premier Cabria kit with Zildian ZBT cymbals
  • Roland V-Drums silent/electronic drum kit
  • Toca congas

A large selection of world percussion, including djembes, bongos, shakers and claves

MAAST

Music and Audio Arts Sound Theatre (MAAST)

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. The system 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 setup 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.

 

School of Music and Fine Art - © University of Kent

The Old Surgery, The University of Kent, Chatham Historic Dockyard, Kent, ME4 4TZ, T: +44 (0) 1634888980

Last Updated: 06/07/2017