New Facilities in the Department of Music

An International Venue for Music Education and Research

The department provides well-equipped practice and rehearsal rooms, teaching and learning spaces, iMac suites, industry standard recording/production studios and interactive music / gaming room. We also have an excellent library of publications, text books, audio, video and new media such as computer games.

Practice and rehearsal spaces

These include small rooms for individual practice or tuition, larger spaces suitable for orchestra rehearsals and master-classes, and fully-equipped, sound-proofed rooms for bands to use.

iMac suites

Students can work in two recently upgraded computer rooms, each with 16 iMacs running Logic, Max/MSP/Jitter, Sibelius, Unity and Microsoft Office.

Recording / production studios

The department has three sound-proofed, acoustically treated studios with industry standard control surfaces, surround sound systems, outboard racks and a selection of software.

Games Research Lab

Our department has a dedicated space for students to research video game music and sound. This space features several platforms, including the Playstation 4 (with PSVR), Playstation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, an Alienware Gaming PC, and two Mac Workstations, as well as a diverse library of games.


Preamps and outboard

  • Pro Tools 12 HDX with Avid S6
  • Logic
  • Max/MSP/Jitter
  • Native Instruments complete
  • Focusrite
  • Warm Audio
  • Wes Audio
  • Neve
  • Maag
  • Drawmer
  • TLA
  • Lexicon
Plug-ins  Microphones
  • Waves
  • Autotune
  • Melodyne
  • GRM Tools
  • Final Cut Pro
  • Sibelius
  • AVID S6
  • Genelec Monitoring (1038 in 5.1 Surround)
  • Neumann
  • AKG
  • Shure
  • Soundfield
  • Sennheiser

Gordon Stephenson New Facilities

The Department of Music has recently expanded into the Gordon Stephenson building, this expansion has allowed the department to gain top of the range facilities with brand new equipment. The list of new facilities includes:

SSL Studio

The new studio includes a large live room with a Steinway piano and two isolation booths. The control room is based around an SSL Duality Delta, Dynaudio M3 Monitors, Pro Tools HDX a wide selection of plugins and outboard equipment. It is also connected to our large rehearsal and performance teaching space The Music Hub directly above.

CGI plans for new Department of Music facilities

Electronic Music Research Studio

The EMR Studio is a fully sound proofed and treated studio for surround sound mixing, electronic music composition and sound design research. At the centre is a Mac Pro and Antelope Orion connected to over 20 Genelec monitor speakers.

9 Practice Rooms

Eight additional practice rooms have been equipped with brand new Yamaha upright and grand pianos.

A further practice room equipped with a Kawai grand piano and Harp provides a spacious rehearsal room for individual or group use.

Ensemble+ Project Facilities

This facility includes portable facilities for hi bandwidth video conferencing with the Royal Northern College of Music and other partner Universities. Interactive performance masterclasses, teaching and lectures can be held in collaboration the partner institutions.

The Music Hub

The Music Hub will be a multipurpose rehearsal and performance teaching space. It will feature for improved facilities teaching, guest lectures and presentations. The Music Hub will be equipped with a full professional-level lighting and P.A. system for performance practice and technical training. With flexible, adjustable acoustics it will become the rehearsal centre for the department’s vibrant extracurricular music making activates and music society groups.

Teaching and seminar rooms

All our teaching rooms are designed for Music and are equipped with AV projectors, sound and pianos.

They range from a small chamber music room (for seminars with up to 10 students) to the newly refurbished Rendall rooms (for lectures to up to 80).

Music library

The University's main Sydney Jones Library provides excellent study and research facilities and has a large section dedicated to Music. This contains hundreds of books, scores and recordings, as well as listening rooms.

Additionally staff and students can draw on extensive Institute of Popular Music and related archives and collections. These greatly enrich the research and study opportunities available here and feature in our taught modules.