Studios and facilities

Studios and facilities

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As a student at one of the music technology study programs at NTNU (Bachelor’s program in Music Technology and Master’s program in Creative Music Technology), you get access to a number of studios and special rooms with updated equipment. Do you want to produce a song and need good speakers, good quality microphones and up-to-date software? Do you need to practice as a producer and sound engineer through recording a band? Do you want to explore the possibilities that lie in the very latest in internet-based audio? Want to explore what it's like to make audio and music for a surround video? Or do you want to explore 360o sound and ambisonics in our 16-channel room? Then, the music technology study programs at NTNU has the equipment and rooms you need, and not least teachers who can help you use it.

After you have been admitted as a student and have completed an introductory course, you will have access to our studios which include control rooms, recording rooms, rooms with 5.1 layouts and 16-channel ambisonics. Several of our rooms can also be used as rehearsal rooms if you play with others or just need to rehearse. Click on the links below to see photos and learn more about our various special rooms.
 


Studios and facilities

Foto: Arne Hauge

The sound studio in Olavskvartalet is the largest and best equipped studio at the Department of Music and a laboratory for sound production, teaching, research and documentation. Students in music technology receive early training in this studio, and then gain access so that they can do productions and mixes there. The studio also serves as a meeting place for the students at the department where they collaborate on recording and producing music. The intention behind the studio design is to inspire students to explore and construct their own production systems, working methods and sound ideals in their search for new musical expressions.

Our philosophy behind the studio is based on embracing the latest in technology while maintaining the old. Here you can make classic recordings through DAD pre-amps, recordings of various jazz constellations through BAE (Neve), or pop and rock through API. The diversity of microphones, pre-amps and sound effects allows students to research differences and find favorites that build on their own aesthetics. The studio can also be connected with the student’s own laptops and the students can thus also use their own software during recording and mixing.

In addition to traditional analog patch panels, the studio has options for a flexible interconnection of recording rooms, Chamber Hall, Organ Hall, several concert halls and a number of sound effects using network technology.

System
Avid HDX 64x64
Avid S6, 24 fader M40

Monitors
Klein & Hummel O300
Neumann KH310A

Preamps
DAD AX32 24 pre
API “The Channel Strip” 2. stk.
API “3124+” 2. stk.
BAE 1073MPF 4. stk.
BAE 1028 Channel strip 2. stk.

Rack-mounted effects
Tegler gravity machine compressor
Amek Dual Compressor / Limiter
The Culture Vulture
Space Station SST 282
Eventide H3000
Bricasti M7
+ a number of others

Microphones

Neumann
1. Stk U87
2. Stk TLM 67
2 pcs. TLM 49
2 pcs. TLM 103
1 piece. USM 69

AKG
2 pcs. AKG 414 B
2 pcs. AKG 451

Shure
3. Stk SM 57
3 pcs. SM 58
1. Stk SM7b

Sennheiser
2. Stk MD421
1 piece. 902
1 piece. 602
2. Paragraph 906

Audio Technica
2 pcs. AT 4081 (Ribbon)

Ehrlund
2 pcs. HER-M

DPA
4 pcs. 4006

Hebatoh
1. Stk MCR 416

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This room is tailor-made for recording songs with one or more musicians. The studio is set up with ProTools HD, but if you would rather work with Logic Pro, Ableton Live or Reaper, these programs are also installed here. On the control surface (Digidesign C-24) you can set volume, pan and a number of other things, if you do not prefer to work with mouse and keyboard. From the recording programs (DAWs) you also have access to a number of high-quality digital instruments and effects (plug-ins), such as Waves and Melodyne, as well as hardware effects (JoeMeek compressor) and pre-amps (UA610 and Focusrite isa828). Last but not least, Control Room 1 obviously works just as well if you are going to do a mix or write a song.

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Control room 2 is the favorite room for students who are going to produce music from scratch or work with a mix of songs they have recorded before. Here you can find an iMac with software such as Logic Pro X, ProTools, Ableton Live and Reaper. Via this software you have access to a number of digital instruments and high quality effects (plug-ins), such as Waves, Melodyne, Vienna Instruments and Native Komplete. Many of our students already have their favorite programs installed on their own laptop, but need to hear their music through quality speakers (Neumann KH310A). Therefore, we have made it easy to hook the system up to a laptop, whether you just want listen on good speakers, want to connect to the sound card, or want access the lines from the recording room so that you can record musicians playing from there.

Foto: Arne Hauge

At Control Room 3, arrangements have been made for you to be able to work with audiovisual media in various forms, such as music and sound for films and computer games. In a large and beautiful corner room, a 5.1 sound system has been set up, which can be found in many home cinemas, so that students can practice making sound and music in such formats. On the TV screen, you can keep an eye on the video you are making the music for, or decide which sounds will accompany which scenes in the computer game you are working on. Because it is so spacious here, many also use this room to record individual instruments or vocals. In addition to software such as Logic Pro X, Cubase and ProTools, Ableton Live, Final Cut Pro, Melodyne and Omnisphere are also installed here.

 

In this room, there is an iMac connected to 16 speakers, in a cube formation. This means that you are completely surrounded by sound, and therefore this room is particularly suitable for working with various forms of 360o sound. Here you can easily set up ambisonics and create a mix that can be played for other speaker setups. If you prefer to work on your own machine, you can also easily connect to the audio interfaces here. Here you will find standard recording programs (DAW) such as ProTools, Logic Pro X and Reaper, as well as special software for working with ambisonics, such as Blue Ripple Sound, Max with Ircam Spat, IEM and Sparta plug-ins.
 

Foto: Arne Hauge

The recording room is one of the most used rooms by music technology students! Here, everything is arranged so that you can easily record vocals and various instruments easily and with good quality. We have a selection of microphones that fit a variety of instrumentations and constellations. You can also easily send audio to Control Room 1, Control Room 2 or Control Room 3, depending on where you work. Additionally, we have an extra small room for those who want to record drums or vocals with other instruments, but need to place them in another soundproof room.

The recording room is also widely used as a rehearsal room! Here, a PA, drum kit, piano, guitar and bass amplifier have been set up, so that the students can develop as band musicians, if they wish. Several of our students have started bands with fellow students, either from music technology, jazz or musicology, and many of these bands have rehearsed regularly here.