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You will have access to a great range of equipment and facilities including 26 practice rooms, two large piano practice rooms, an early music studio and a dedicated performance venue.  You'll also find a cutting-edge sound spatialisation experimental research studio, four pop performance rooms and two concert venues - St Paul's Hall and the Phipps Concert Hall.  The Phipps Hall is in the CAB, seats 120 and is linked to the main Pro-Tools recording studio as well as three 5.1 composition studios with two live rooms with the capability to record from the concert hall.

Creative Arts Building


The centrepiece of Music and Music Technology is the Creative Arts Building, a £15m, purpose-built, state-of-the-art facility which opened in July 2008. The building has a spacious, glass-enclosed, four-storey atrium which is used for informal concerts, displays of student work, installations, and as a meeting place for students from various disciplines.

 The music teaching facilities in the CAB include:

- the Phipps Hall - performance and rehearsal space with two grand pianos (including Steinway D) and professional-quality recording studio attached (see Music Technology Studios tab below). Also houses a 26 stop, two manual tracker action organ in German baroque style

- four 'smart classroom' lecture rooms outfitted with cutting-edge audio/video hardware and software

- two 24-seat Mac labs with MIDI keyboards and soundcards, and one 25-seat PC lab

- 26 individual practice rooms

- one chamber music ensemble and three popular music combo rehearsal rooms

- two large piano practice rooms

- two percussion practice rooms

- organ practice room with single mount three stop organ

- harp practise room

- double practise room

- extensive instrument collection

- early music studio

- a range of Music Technology studios and workstations (see below)


Music Technology studios

 One 32 i/o Pro Tools HD based recording studio, with two recording booths and a window on the main recital hall

- the latest 12-core Mac Pro with two Digidesign 192s

- Digidesign C24

- a stereo pair of calibrated Genelec 8260

- eight channels of headphone amplification

- a selection of preamps (DAV, Avalon, Manley, API)

- outboard EQ and Compression (Avalon and UA)

- Soundfield processor sps 422B

- Hartke Bass Amp

- custom Matamp 1224 mk2 all tube guitar amp with two 212 cabinets

- Yamaha Drumkit

- a selection of microphones (see below)

- a selections of DAWs (Logic, Nuendo, Digital Performer, Reaper) and plugins (Altiverb XL, FLux, NI Komplete, etc)


Three 5.1 composition and mixing studios with plasma screen for post-production 


- the latest 12-core Mac Pro with RME Fireface 800

- Mackie Control

- Midi Keyboard controller PCR-500

- calibrated 5.1 Genelec 8040s with sub

- Widescreen Plasma Screen

- Cambridge audio 5.1 DVD

- a selections of DAWs (Logic, Nuendo, Digital Performer, Reaper) and plugins (Altiverb XL, FLux, NI Komplete, etc)


Three Pro Tools based overdub, composition and foley studios, each with a small recording booth 


- the latest 12-core Mac Pro with a Digidesign 192s

- calibrated stereo Genelec 8040s with sub

- four channels of headphone amplification

- Mackie control

- various preamps (Focusrite, Avalon and/or SPL)

- a selections of DAWs (Logic, Nuendo, Digital Performer, Reaper) and plugins (Altiverb XL, FLux, NI Komplete, etc)


Two 8.0 / 7.1 composition and mixing studios


- the latest 12-core Mac Pro with MOTU 896mk3

- Mackie Control

- Midi Keyboard controller PCR-500

- calibrated 8.0 / 7.1 Genelec 8040s with sub

- a selections of DAWs (Logic, Nuendo, Digital Performer, Reaper) and plugins (Altiverb XL, FLux, NI Komplete, etc)


One Interactive Sound Design and new interface laboratory, with adjacent workshop


- stereo Genelec 1032s with sub

- octophonic Genelec 8020s with sub

- various controllers and actuators with MIDI and/or OSC

- iMac with MOTU 828mk2

- Yamaha 01v desk


Material Available for all studios

- 2 Analog Roland System 100m synthesiser with keyboard

- 2 EMS VSC III Synthesiser and EMS Synthi Sequencer 256

- Studer B 67 tape Machine with Dobly A

- wide-reaching microphone list

- ribbons (Coles, Royer)

- wide-diaphragm (Neumann u87/u89),

- tube (Telefunken, Neumann M147/M149, C12),

- small diaphragm (dpa 4006, Neumann km104),

- shotgun microphones for location recording.

- 6 HD cameras (Cannon, Sony) with tripods

- 14 handheld recorders (Tascam, Roland, Sony, Zoom)

- 3 multichannel field recorders (Tascam DR680)

- 6 acoustic guitars (Guild, Fender, Wesfield), 3 electric guitars (Gretch, Schecter, Fender) and three electric basses (Ibanez, Fender, Squire)

- a wide selection of outboard gear and recording interfaces.

- and more...

Phipps Concert Hall

Housed within the Creative Arts Building, Phipps Concert Hall is a flexible, multi-purpose space used for concerts, teaching, and rehearsals. It seats 120, contains two grand pianos (including a brand new Steinway D) and is attached to a professional-quality recording studio. With adjustable acoustic curtains, the hall is particularly well suited for multi-channel electroacoustic music.

The Phipps also contains a 26-stop, two-manual tracker action organ built by the firm of JW Walker. A very generous gift of Mr Michael Phipps, the organ was designed as an historic copy of a late 17th Century North German instrument, taking as its inspiration the famous Arp Schnitger organ at Steinkirchen. The organ is tuned to unequal temperament (Valotti).

St Paul's Hall

St Paul's Hall is a beautifully converted Georgian church built in 1829 that now provides a venue for a range of concerts by student soloists, ensembles and guest artists in the Music Department's annual Concerts Series.  In November each year the Hall also hosts many of the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival events – the Festival’s home is at the University of Huddersfield.  The church, which was renovated into a concert hall in 1980,  seats 400 and houses a 3-manual 41-stop tracker-action recital organ (1977), two concert grand pianos, and a recording studio, together with outstanding lighting and sound-projection systems.

Music Library

The music library, newly renovated in September 2008, houses a wide range of scores, recordings and videos, including extensive performing materials for solo, chamber, and ensemble music. It maintains print and digital subscriptions to all major music periodicals. The library includes listening stations, PCs, and four group listening rooms. It is particularly notable for its extensive collection of scores and recordings of 20th and 21st Century music and is constantly being expanded in response to requests by staff and students.

Instrument Collection

There is an extensive collection of musical instruments, all of which are available for use by undergraduate, postgraduate and research students.  These are:

  • over 70 pianos
  • all standard orchestral doubling instruments
  • extensive Percussion  Studio, enabling the department to undertake most styles of music and to cover the percussion requirements for the University orchestra, wind band, brass band, new music ensemble, big band, as well as the percussion ensemble. There is also an extensive library of percussion music consisting of solos, tutor books, compilations, ensemble material and recording

Early music instruments including:

  • 2-manual French harpsichord, a copy of an original by Pascal Taskin (1764)
  • 1-manual French harpsichord, a copy of an original by Albert Delin (1750)
  • 1-manual Flemish harpsichord, a copy of an original by Moermans (1584)
  • two Baroque violins, Baroque viola, Baroque cello, and a set of Baroque bows
  • viols: two treble, two tenor, two bass
  • recorders: Renaissance consort from descant to great bass; various Baroque recorders
  • crumhorns - a consort
  • cornett & four sackbuts built by Meinl of Germany - one alto, two tenor and one bass
  • Renaissance flute
  • Baroque guitar
  • Renaissance and Baroque lutes
  • Three practice continuo organs
  • extensive pop music resources, including drum kits, keyboards and amplifiers.
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