Page  00000613 Anglia Polytechnic University - Studio Report Douglas Nunn Department of Maths, Physics and Electronics, School of Applied Sciences Anglia Polytechnic University, Cambridge, UK Abstract This paper describes the electronic music studios developed to support the Audio and Music Technology degree courses at Anglia Polytechnic University. 1 Introduction Since 1995 Anglia Polytechnic University has offered three-year BSc(Hons) degree courses in Audio and Music Technology. This currently attracts approximately 70 students per year. The course operates at the Cambridge campus in the Department of Maths, Physics and Electronics, in collaboration with the Music Department. Departmental teaching resources include several well-equipped electronic music studios, described below. 2 Course structure The course examines the principles and practice of analogue and digital technology used in the creation of music. This is developed further by investigating recording and reproduction, together with waves and acoustics. Complementary modules build on the themes of electronics, microprocessors, computer control, synthesis, sequencing, signal processing, and internet applications, as applied to Music Technology. APU uses a modular system, in which students take the core (compulsory) modules plus a selection of the designate (optional but highly relevant) modules. The core modules are Acoustics, Digital Electronics, Circuit Principles, Recording and Reproduction, Analogue Electronics, Advanced Recording and Reproduction, Digital Synthesis and Software, MIDI Implementation, Advanced Acoustics, Audio Electronics, Advanced MIDI Implementation, Project Preparation, Final Year Project, Digital Systems, and Digital Technology for Music. The designate modules are Laboratory Computing Methods, Music Technology System Design, Basic Analytical Techniques, Music and Technology, Sound Sequencing and Synthesis, Sound and Music, Signals and Signal Processing, Music Technology Practice, Advanced Analytical Techniques I, Advanced Analytical Techniques II, Microprocessor System Design, PC Music Software, Synthesiser Technology and Techniques, Wave Processing, Real-time DSP, Multimedia for Technology, and Digital Recording Techniques. Students can also choose a few modules from a different field - most commonly music, computer science, business, or law. It is also possible to study for a combined honours degree. 3 Studio facilities The studio facilities comprise one large performance/teaching room, a MIDI laboratory, a live recording room, and three other workshop studios. The studios are used both for class-based teaching and independent student work. Modules run by the Music Department use their electronic music studios in Paradise Street. The emphasis is towards the use of contemporary digital equipment. Each studio has a different hardware configuration in order to give experience with products from a range of manufacturers. Room 261 is the main recording studio and performance space. Centre stage is a Kawai grand piano. A PC with Cubase is used with various MIDI synthesisers and processors, a Soundcraft Spirit Studio 16-channel mixer, and an ADAT recorder. ICMC Proceedings 1999 -613 -

Page  00000614 261: Kwai grand piano, Roland EG-101 synthesiser, Yamaha SY35 syntesiser, Yamaha 1500 module, Phonic PCL3200 compressor, Alesis Quadraverb, iglen/16 MB/I.6 GB, AWE32, Technics A900 Mk2 amplifir, Soundcraft Spirit Studio mixer, P&R PB40 patchbayx2, UBL speakers, Technics SL-PG370A CD player, Alesis ADAT This room also contains the media workstation, a PC with digital I/O used to master music across a range of media - CDR, DAT, MD, DCC, HDR, cassette, and zip disk. Media workstation: PC/48 MB/2.1 GB, A WE64, MultiWav Pro digital I/O, Zip drive, Mackie 1202 mixer, P&R PB40patchbay x2, Technics RS-TR373 cassette deck; Ricoh RO-1420C CD(R Tascam DA-20 DAT, Sony MDS-JE5JO0 Minidisc, Philips DCC730, Soundscape hard disk recorder, Adaptec SCSI adapter AHA-1542CP several TV cards, a scanner, and three CD recorders. All PCs can be connected to the main amplifier. As well as music, the laboratory is also used for multimedia and broadcasting applications. 257: PCx20, AWE64 xl, A WE32 x9, Roland PC-200 MkII keyboardxl9, Bespeco VM24footswitch xlO, Evolution MK-149 keyboard PC TVcardx4, CDR, Scanner, Epson FX-850 printer, Technics SU-V300 amplifier, CDR, CDR Wx2, Mordaunt-Short speakers Acoustic studio - 2.) /a/d Rooms 257a/d are the control room and live room, and are used primarily for recording acoustic instruments. A Mackie 32:8:2 mixer brings these and a Quadrasynth through a range of effects processors for 16-channel ADAT recording. 257a/d: Drum kit, Alesis Quadrasynth Behringer dynamic processor MDX2100x4, Behringer Ultraflex II enhancer EX3100, Digitech Studio V2 Quad effects, Samson Servo-240 amplifier, Mackie 32:8:2 mixer, P&R PB48patchbay x3, Soundcraft Spirit Absolute II speakers, Alesis ADAT XTx2 Room 257 is the MIDI laboratory, containing 20 PCs with AWE soundcards and MIDI keyboards, running Cubasis Audio and software synthesis packages. The PCs are connected by a local network. There are also -614 - ICMC Proceedings 1999

Page  00000615 tuaw do L/C Room 257c is a high-specification all-digital studio, built around a Cubase PC and the Yamaha 02R digital mixer with automation and onboard effects, synchronised to the ADAT recorder. Sound sources include a Korg Prophecy, a Kurzweil K2500, and an Akai S3000XL. 257c: Korg Prophecy synthesiser, Kurzweil K2500 synthesiser, Roland JV-2080 module, Akai S3000XL sampler, PC/64 MB/2. I GB, A WE64, Portman 2x4 MIDI interface, Samson Servo-240 iamplifier, Yamaha 02R digital mixer, P&R PB48 patchbay x2, Soundcrqft Spirit Absolute II speakers, Alesis ADAT-XT, JLCooper dataSYNC recording medium is the Akai DR-16 hard disk recorder, with mastering to DAT. 255: Fatar Studiologic SL-I100 keyboard Emu Ultraproteus module, Alesis QSR module, Alesis DM5 drum module, Behringer dynamic processor MDX2100, Behringer Ultraflex II enhancer EX3100, PC/64 MB2.1 GB, A WE64, Samson Servo240 amnplfier, Mackie CR 1604 VIZ mixer, P&R PB48patchbay x2, Soundcraft Spirit Absolute II speakers, Tascam DA-30 Mk II DAT, Akai DR-16 hard disk recorder Portable: PC/32 MB/I GB, Sound Galaxy NX16, P&R PB48 patchbay, Tascam DA-20 DAT, Akai S3000XL sampler, Technics SU-VS00 amplifier, Technics SL-PG370A CD player, Technics RS-TR373 tape deck, Forefront FFT MIDI interface, Yamaha MUSO module, Alesis Midiverb 4, Phonic PCL3200 compressor, Technics A900 Mk2 speakers, Macintosh SE Microphones - Shure 588SD-LCx4, AKG C1 000Sx2, Rode NT2 x2, Sennhesier E604 x4, Sennheiser E602, RS dynamic 4 Activities A range of performance opportunities exist at APU. Students and staff perform at a variety of events within the department, in the Mumford Theatre, and in the Paradise Street studios of the Music Department. Both departments participate in the annual Cambridge Digital Arts Festival, along with musicians from the city's other university. 5 Research Some members of staff and their research interests are:Geoff Batty (Acoustics; Musical Instruments; Organ Performance, Construction and Development) Dr Allen Brown (Real-time DSP; Music Technology; High Resolution Spectral Analysis; Multimedia Technology) Dr Douglas Nunn [Studio manager] (Music Technology; Auditory Scene Analysis; Software Synthesis; Gestural Controllers; Brass Instruments) Dr Geoff Sweet [Pathway leader and Admissions tutor] (Music Technology; Modem Piano Music; DSP; Inverse Problems of Fuzzy Instrumentation) John Ward (Music Technology; Computer Applications; Dance Music) Peter Wilkinson [Technician] (Music Technology; Studio Design) James Nelson [PhD student] (Real-time Wavelet Analysis) Further information is available on the website at Studio 257b Room 257b is a compact digital studio. It includes a Cubase PC, a Kurzweil PC-88 synthesiser, another S3000XL, and other modules and effects, routed via a 16-channel mixer to ADAT. 257b: Kurzweil PC-88 keyboard Korg XS-DR drum module, RolandJV-1080 module, Behringer dynamic processor MDX2100, Alesis Midiverb 4, PC/64 MB/2.1 I GB, AWE64, Samson Servo-240 amplifier, Mackie CR 1604 VLZ mixer, P&R PB48patchbayx2, Yamaha NS10-M speakers, Alesis ADAT-XTk JLCooper dataSYNC Room 255 is another PC-based studio, this time using Cakewalk. A Fatar SL-1100 keyboard controls various modules and processors. The primary ICMC Proceedings 1999