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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 that opened in July 2008. The building has a spacious, glass-enclosed, four-storey atrium that 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:

- 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 Music Techonology 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 practice room

- Double Bass practice room

- Extensive instrument collection

- Early music studio

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


Music Technology studios

One 24 I/O Pro Tools based recording studio, with two recording booths and a window on the main recital hall (Phipps Hall)


Equipment includes:

- 12-core Mac Pro

- C24SSL AWS924 Analogue production console and DAW controller

- SSL Alpha Link AD/DA convertor


- UAD-2 DSP Accelerator card c/w Plug-ins

- A stereo pair of calibrated Genelec 8260A's

- Eight channels of headphone amplification

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

- Outboard EQ and Compression (Avalon and UA)

- Soundfield processor SPS 422B

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

- Custom Matamp G200 mk2 tube bass amplifier and cabinet

- Yamaha Studio Drum kit

- A selection of microphones (see below)

- A selections of DAWs (Logic, Ableton Live, Nuendo, Digital Performer, Reaper) and plugins (Altiverb XL, Flux, NI Komplete, etc.) Max, Max for Live)


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


Equipment includes:

- 12-core Mac Pro 

- RME Fireface UFX interface

- UAD-2 DSP Accelerator card c/w Plug-ins

- Mackie Control

- Midi Keyboard controller PCR-500

- Calibrated 5.1 Genelec 8040s with sub

- Widescreen LED Screen

- A selections of DAWs (Logic, Ableton Live, Nuendo, Digital Performer, Reaper) and plugins (Altiverb XL, Flux, NI Komplete, etc.) Max, Max for Live)


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


Equipment includes:

- 12-core Mac Pro

UAD-2 DSP Accelerator card c/w Plug-ins

- RME Fireface UCX interface

- Calibrated stereo Genelec 8040s with sub

- Four channels of headphone amplification

- Mackie control

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

- M-Audio Axiom Air 61 Midi Keyboard and Pad controller 

- Calibrated 5.1 Genelec 8040s with sub

- A selections of DAWs (Logic, Ableton Live, Nuendo, Digital Performer, Reaper) and plugins (Altiverb XL, Flux, NI Komplete, etc.) Max, Max for Live)


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


Equipment includes:

- Stereo pair of Genelec 1037s

- 5.1 8020s with sub

- Various custom and commercial sensor interfaces, controllers and actuators with MIDI and/or OSC

- 24" Imac

- RME Fireface UFX interface

- Yamaha 01v desk

- A selection of sound design and performance software including Max, Max for Live, Ableton Live, Ircam Tools


One eight-channel composition and mixing studio


Equipment includes:

- 12-core Mac Pro

- 8 Genelec 1032 A with sub

- SPL 8.1 channel volume control-model 260

- 8 Ultra match pro AD/DA converter-model SRC 2496

- Mackie control

- Focusrite Octopre Midi Keyboard controller PCR-500

- RME Fireface UFX audio interface

- UAD-2 DSP Accelerator card c/w Plug-ins

- 2 x Analogue Roland studio system -synthesiser

- 2 x EMS VCS III Synthesiser

- Studer B 67 tape Machine


One Spatialization and Interactive Research lab (SPIRAL)

A striking 6m2 cube containing a 25-channel Digital Loudspeaker array 


Outside view of the SPIRAL

Equipment includes:

- 25 x  ( Networked ) Genelec 8240AP loudspeakers in a 3 x 8 vertical array – see below:


The SPIRAL Array

- 4 x ( Networked )  Genelec 7270 subs

- 1 x RME ADI 6432 64 channel MADI interface

- A selection of DAW’s  (Logic, Ableton Live, Nuendo, Digital Performer, Reaper) and plugins (Altiverb XL, Flux, NI Komplete, etc.) Ircam Sound design software, Max, Max for Live

The loudspeakers are phase/time aligned using Genelec’s GLM system. All connections in the studio are digital with analogue ( Mic and Line ) inputs being catered for via a Yamaha O1V with 16 channel Digital I/O card( MY16AE ) All connections are connected to The ADI 6432 through a digital ( AES ) patch bay.

The studio is used for research into the development of new control mechanisms for the spatialization and diffusion of sound in performance and composition. Additionally the studio is used for composing multi-channel electro-acoustic pieces to be played in concert and installation environments.

Equipment available for all studios

- 2 Analog Roland System 100m synthesiser with keyboard

- 2 EMS VCS III Synthesiser and EMS Synthi Sequencer 256

- Studer B 67 tape Machine with Dolby 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.

- Numerous HD cameras (Cannon, Sony) with tripods

- 2 Nikon D3300 SLR camera Plus lens kit

- Various handheld digital audio recorders (Tascam, Roland, Sony, Zoom)

- 3 multichannel field recorders (Tascam DR680)

- Numerous acoustic guitars (Guild, Fender, Ibanez) Yamaha Electro-Acoustic, electric guitars (Gretsch, Schecter, Fender) electric basses (Ibanez, Fender, etc.)

- 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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