PMC Brings Absolute Clarity to Salford University Students
Music students at the University of Salford can now hone their recording skills on PMC monitors, which have been installed in three of the six studios housed in the University’s New Adelphi building.
Built at a cost of £55 million, the New Adelphi arts and media facility is one of the largest new-build studio complexes in the UK. It provides the University with a home for creativity and gives students access to the state of the art facilities and equipment that they will encounter as they progress their careers in the music and post production industries.
PMC IB2S-A monitors have been installed in the control rooms of Studios 4 and 5, while in Studio 2, where the control room is larger, the University has chosen the extended response of a PMC IB2S XBD-A system.
Andrew Davison, Technical Manager for Salford University’s School of Arts & Media, says: “Once we had made the decision to use PMC monitoring in those spaces, the choice of speaker model was based largely upon what was most appropriate for each room. We had used PMC IB2 speakers in a previous studio build and they were very well received, so the digital IB2S-A loudspeakers were a pretty easy choice."
Davison adds that the sound quality delivered by PMC was a key reason for choosing them. Once installed, the University took advantage of the calibration service offered by PMC to ensure optimum performance.
“This service was invaluable and it was great to have an assessment of the control rooms and the performance of the loudspeakers in situ,” Davison says. “After calibration, the incredible clarity of the audio they reproduce is absolutely stunning. The even response and full sound, even from the IB2S-A units on their own, is quite remarkable. We have the luxury of secondary nearfield monitoring in each of our studios – speakers which on their own are excellent – but the PMC units are certainly in another league.”
The studios in the New Adelphi building have been opening in stages since September last year and are now at full capacity. Other facilities in the building include art studios, photography studios, workshop facilities with industrial machinery, voice and screen acting studios, a large ensemble room, a three-hundred capacity theatre, a studio theatre, dance studios and rehearsal facilities.
“For the first time, the New Adelphi project brings together a wide range of disciplines,” Davison explains. “The building is very much a place for 'doing', and supporting so much practical work is no mean feat.”
The range of work undertaken by students on Creative Music Technology and Popular Music and Recording courses is incredibly diverse. One day they might be recording a vocal, while another they could be capturing the sound of a solo guitar or a heavy metal band.
“Our recording courses are deliberately genre-neutral and assessed on their own merits, so we can have virtually any kind of music in the recording studios,” Davison says. “All six studios are designed to use the same digital infrastructure, so students can become familiar with the setup, but we have added variation with the configuration of the live rooms, booths, outboard and instrumental equipment and primary monitors. Our main aim is to create an environment that encourages academic excellence and strengthens student employability.”