Neve teaches that bigger is better
AUSTRALIA: The Australian National University (ANU) School of Music’s newly refurbished recording studio has been equipped with a Neve Genesys G96 to enable students to produce analogue, digital and hybrid recordings. The 48-channel console is reportedly the largest of its kind in Australia.
The studio refurbishment was made possible by a AUS$250,000 grant for equipment that the university received from Wired for Sound. The project was managed by associate professor Samantha Bennett, who sought to assist in the delivery of ANU’s music technology degree and facilitate research outcomes for the School of Music’s staff, while also providing a world-class facility to hire out to musicians and bands. She worked with acoustician John Sayers, audio consultants Sound Advice and buildling company Cobul Construction.
With the ability to handle a full orchestral recording and lines linking it to the nearby Llewellyn Hall concert venue, the new recording facility has also been installed with Pro Tools HDX, Ampex and MCI analogue tape recorders, a DynAudio surround sound monitoring system and compressors and preamps, in addition to the Genesys G96.
‘We have built this world-class studio to the very highest acoustic and technological standards,’ Professor Bennett declared. ‘The creative research and educational value is huge. Recording opportunities will underpin all of our majors especially in the delivery of our new undergraduate Composition for Film and Video Game Major, as well as being an invaluable resource for postgraduate students and researchers. Our Neve Genesys is the jewel in our studio's crown.’
Professor Kenneth Lampl, head of ANU’s School of Music, believes that the new studio will serve as a breeding ground for Australian artists and researchers. ‘This new recording studio provides students with a unique 21st century musical experience by creating a vibrant intersection between performance, composition and technology, nurturing the values of creativity, excellence and entrepreneurship,’ he said.