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The James and Anne Duderstadt Center

Recording Studios

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.

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.

Studio A

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.

Studio B

 

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.

Studio Help

 

For help with studio issues, please contact dmcaudiohelp@umich.edu.

Audio Studio

Equipment

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.

Get trained

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 audio.studio@umich.edu. This email address reaches all certified users in the studios.

Work with Us

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.