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Studio 4

Studio 4 is our second 8-channel spatialisation studio for undergraduates, and is modelled closely on Studio 1, with almost identical equipment. It features a ProTools HD system (version 7 software) running on a 3GHz Mac Pro quad core computer, with 23" and 20" flat panel displays. There is a total of 500GB of dedicated audio hard disk space (providing more than 800 track-hours of recording), while a further 500GB Firewire drive offers dedicated fast backup.

Monitoring is by British company ATC in the form of two SCM50A and seven SCM20A PRO active monitors, with a Genelec 7070A subwoofer. This enables working in 8 channel, 5.1 or stereo as required.

The TDM architecture of ProTools HD allows a much higher track count (128 tracks at 96kHz/24 bit) and a larger number of simultaneous, real-time processing plug-ins than is possible with host based systems. It also offers greater precision floating point calculations internally, resulting in better sound quality for some processes. Plug-ins include GRM Tools Classic and ST, Waves Diamond (C4, L1, Q10, C1, S1, Enigma, MondoMod, Ultrapitch, Renaissance Compressor / Reverberator / Equaliser, Audiotrack, MaxxBass, SuperTap, Doppler, MetaFlanger, DeEsser, PS22 & Paz), Focusrite D1 & D2, and many others. Stand-alone software includes Max/MSP, IRCAM's real-time, processing and music writing bundles and many Unix applications. We also use a development version of BAT (Bangor Audio Tools) with processes that are not yet available publicly.

Kontakt 2 is provided for sampling, with a Roland D5 acting as master keyboard and providing additional synthesis.

Mackie Control and Control XT units provide 24 channels of flying fader interaction with ProTools, while the analogue desk is a Mackie 16-4-2.


Studio 4 is located in our purpose-built sudio suite in a Grade 1 listed building. It is acoustically isolated from adjacent studios and from the rest of the building, with extensive sound proofing. It has natural light via a large double-glazed window.


Apple MacPro quad-core 3GHz
23" and 20" Apple Cinema Displays
Digidesign Pro Tools HD
Digidesign 96 I/O interface
2 x 500 GB FireWire hard disks
Panasonic SV3800 Professional DAT
Sony MDC-E10 Professional MiniDisk
Alesis ADAT-XT20 digital 8 track recorder
Mackie Control and 2x Mackie XT control surfaces
Soundcraft Spirit Studio 16-8-2 mixing desk
Yamaha SY99 keyboard synthesizer
EMS VCS3 MKII modular analogue synthesizer
2 x ATC SCM50A and 7 x ATC SCM20A PRO monitors

Genelec 7070A subwoofer

Selected Software      

MacOS X 10.4
Digidesign ProTools 7
Standard Digidesign plug-in suite:
    (EQ, dynamics etc.)
GRMTools Classic:
    Bandpass, Comb Filters, Delays, Doppler, Freeze, Pitch Accum, Equalizer, Shuffling
GRMTools ST:
    Contrast, Equalize, FreqShift, FreqWarp
Waves Gold TDM:
    TrueVerb, C4 Multiband Parametric Processor,
    L1 Ultramaximiser, Q10 Paragraphic Equaliser,
    C1 Parametric Compander, S1 Stereo Imager,     Enigma, MondoMod, Ultrapitch,
    Renaissance Compressor, Renaissance Reverb,     Renaissance Equaliser, Audiotrack, MaxxBass,
    SuperTap, Doppler, MetaFlanger, DeEssaer,
    Paz Psychoacoustic Analyzer, PS22 Pseudostereo
BAT (Bangor Audio Toolkit)
Cycling 74 Max/MSP/Jitter version 5
TC Spark with many VST and Audio Unit plug-ins
Ableton Live
IK Amplitube
IK Sampletank 2
IK T-Racks
Propellerhead Reason Adapted
IRCAM Studiom and Reserch software:
    Audiosculpt, Modalys, Diphone, PSOLA Additive,
    SuperVP, OpenMusic, SPAT, NMI, FTM
Many UNIX based programs
(for example, Shapee by Christopher Penrose)