Studios and facilities

The Music Department hosts five studio areas with three computer music labs, eight practice rooms (including one specifically for drummers), a Motion Capture facility with Octaphonic audio and two large rehearsal spaces (including the Keele University Chapel) for orchestras, bands and choirs.

Studios - key facts

  • Various studio areas for sound recording, mixing and mastering, surround sound, computer music composition, sound design, MIDI sequencing, audio-visual editing, film and videogames scoring
  • Audient 8024 inline analogue console
  • SSL Nucleus 2 Control Surface
  • A Dante network with RedNet interfacing to allow distribution of multichannel, uncompressed media across the department the wider campus
  • A selection of live and studio consoles from Tascam, Soundcraft and Behringer
  • Plugins by Waves, Native Instruments, GRM, SSL and more
  • A comprehensive range of software including Logic Pro, Ableton Live Suite, Max MSP, Pro Tools, Sibelius and Final Cut Pro  
  • A range of professional outboard including; Neve, Warm Audio, Drawmer and Yamaha units
  • An eclectic mix of electronic instruments including; Dave Smith Instruments Prophet REV2, EMS Synthi AKS, Yamaha DX7, Roland Jupiter, Behringer Model D and Fairlight CMI units
  • A huge range of instruments available to record and/or loan
  • An impessive stock of microphones including models from Neumann, Coles, AKG, Soundfield, DPA, Rode, Beyer Dynamic, Shure, Oktava, Sontronic and more
  • ATC monitoring in the recording studios
  • Genelec professional studio monitors on all studios, labs and lecture rooms
  • Students can borrow equipment such as high-spec video
  • 24/7 access to the studios via electronic key system
  • Lots of studio time available to students
  • Technical support at hand, on site 

Practice rooms – key facts

  • All provided with piano, five with grand pianos
  • Dedicated room for drummers, with drum-kit
  • Dedicated Popular Music and Jazz practice rooms with drum kits, PA systems, keyboards and guitar/bass amplification
  • Church organ in the Chapel
  • 24/7 access to the practice rooms via electronic key system

The Music and Music Technology facilities are housed within three sites, all within walking distance:

  1. The Clock House, an early nineteenth century building of great character, originally conceived as a gardener's cottage and stable block. It was re-designed in 1977 creating purpose-built studios for Music Technology, practice rooms, teaching spaces and offices for staff. There are  computer labs, project studios and a high-spec recording studio available in this building.
  2. Lindsay Studios, adjacent to the Music Department. The complex houses two large lecture areas with multimedia presentations and projection facilities. There is a recording studio with 2 live rooms, an isolation recording booth and large performance space. Lindsay Recording Studio can be used to record anything from a soloist to a full orchestra.
  3. The Chapel, located in the heart of Campus, hosts a church organ, a grand piano and an upright piano. The chapel is used for orchestra rehearsals, performances and recitals.