Department of Music and Media


As a department we are proud of our world-class facilities and equipment including three studios, edit rooms, practice rooms and a TV studio.

The acoustic treatment of the studios has been designed by leading professionals (who have worked on studios such as Abbey Road, Angel, BBC, British Grove, De Lane Lea, SARM), and are designed for critical listening.

The PATS building, where many of our facilities are located, was built to a high acoustic specification, with sufficient acoustic isolation so that a metal band in one studio won't ruin a harpsichord recording in another.

The cabling infrastructure is to a professional standard, which means that the individual facilities can be connected together - for instance you can record the Steinway piano in Studio 1 live room as part of a pop session in Studio 2.

We also have over 100 microphones, which cover the main types and styles, so that you can experience how the specifications and designs of different microphones can affect your recordings and performances.

For research, we have an ITU-R BS 1116 standard listening room (the most critical listening room standard), that we use for subjective experimentation for both Tonmeister technical projects and postgraduate research.

Our equipment has been selected to be representative of that used in the best professional studios.

This includes exemplary consoles from SSL, Neve and Sony, microphones from AKG, B&K/DPA, Neumann, and Schoeps, and recording devices from analogue reel-to-reel to the latest computer-based systems.

If you are interested in booking the studios, or having your music recorded by students, you can find out more.