The Audio Studio is an audio laboratory set up in the style of a recording studio. The resources are intended to encourage experimentation and research, and develop skills and techniques in audio production. The studio consists of five rooms: the control room, main tracking room, two isolation booths, and an amp room. It has been set up with the resources to explore stereo recording, surround recording and surround recording with height.
Office hours for EMS A, EMS B, and the Audio Studio are held Mondays and Thursdays, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Studio users encourage to attend office hours for mentoring and support from our student staff
employees. Our staff is highly trained in the technical aspects of the rooms and will be able to answer questions regarding gear, signal flow, and best practices in the spaces.
Studio certification testing also takes place during office hours. The test takes approximately 15 minutes to complete and is based on topics covered in the training sessions.
Office hours are 'first come, first served' – no appointment necessary. Our student staff employees float between all three rooms during consulting hours, so please check the various spaces if no one is present in the studio when you arrive.
Electronic Music Studios
The Electronic Music Studios include two state-of-the art recording laboratories that facilitate a broad range of activities and research including: electronic music composition, recording experimentation, mixing audio to motion picture, scientific investigation and acoustics studies.
Studios A and B may be used separately or combined for expanded capabilities — allowing one to function as a control room while the other acts as a tracking space.
The studios may be reserved by U-M students, faculty and staff who have completed the requisite training courses.
Our training sessions are intended to ensure that all users have the same knowledge base and expectations of the rooms in the Duderstadt Center. Everyone, regardless of depth of recording experience, is required to complete the training sessions for each room. The training workshops are not-for-credit, orientation sessions offered by the Digital Media Commons; this is different from the sound recording course offered as part of a degree program by the School of Music, Theatre and Dance.
EMS A has an API 1608 console in addition to Euphonix control surfaces that allow users to mix, match and adopt any combination of analog and digital workflow that suits their needs. Moreover, the studio is equipped with various analog and digital outboard gear as well as software plug-ins to aid users with their research.
EMS A is not only good for musical endeavors, but it is also arranged in a manner that easily facilitates mixing audio to motion picture.
The room has a centrally located 46-inch display, in addition to two 24-inch computer monitors — that put the digital audio workstation and motion picture controls within easy reach.
Following technological trends in audio and video, the studio is set up in 5.1 surround sound allowing users to experiment in both stereo and surround domains when working on audio or video projects.
EMS B is a one-of-a-kind studio boasting the world's first 7.1/8.0 analog console.
The centerpiece of the room is a 32-channel API Vision console that is set up for stereo, 5.1, 7.1 and 8.0 surround sound.
With just the push of a few buttons, users can hone their skills using traditional formats, as well keep up with the latest trends such 7.1 Blu-ray standard audio and cutting edge 8.0 electronic music composition.
Users will also find that the studio is a great room for editing, mixing and mastering audio because of the dual fader console, onboard and outboard gear, software plug-ins and multiple sets of speakers.
The console has:
- two layers, each with 32 faders
- eight graphic equalizers
- 24 parametric equalizers
- 32 compressors
Furthermore, the studio contains a host of outboard analog and digital gear, including an Eventide H8000fw and a TC Electronic System 6000 II with mastering and surround packages that features a 8.0 reverb program.
For help with studio issues, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The studio is equipped with an API Vision console and set up for full 5.1 surround sound mixing as well as listening. It includes:
- 48 channels
- 96 faders
- 32 microphone pre-amps
- 32 parametric qualizers
- 16 graphic equalizers
- 24 compressors
- surround buss compressor
The studio is also equipped with a large selection of outboard gear including compressors, equalizers, and reverberation units.
Certification to use the Audio Studio is the fourth and final step in the audio software and facilities training sequence. To be certified to use the Audio Studio, you must first be trained to use the Electronic Music Studios and take a multi-session training course for the Audio Studio (DMC301). Our training sessions are intended to ensure that all users have the same knowledge base and expectations of the rooms in the Duderstadt Center. Everyone, regardless of depth of recording experience, is required to complete the training sessions for each room. The training workshops are not-for-credit, orientation sessions offered by the Digital Media Commons; this is different from the sound recording course offered as part of a degree program by the School of Music, Theatre and Dance.
Collaborate with a Certified Student Audio Engineer
If you are a musician looking for a certified studio engineer to collaborate with, you may send a request to email@example.com. This email address reaches all certified users in the studios.
Work with Us
The Audio Studio is now 100% booked through the remainder of Winter Semester. The Studio will be closed for summer maintenance and upgrades from May 18th through Labor Day.
No more applications will be considered for this term. Please feel free to submit applications for Fall 2019 or Winter 2020.
Faculty and graduate students who would like to work on a recording project with one of the DMC's professional audio engineers, are requested to submit an Audio Recording Project Support Request Form.