A new Sound Studio for School of Media and Communication and School of Art students has opened in Building 6 as part of the pre-New Academic Street construction works.
Project: Media and Communication / Art Sound Studio
Architect: Six Degrees
Commenced: 4 December 2015
Completed: 28 May 2015
The purpose-built level 1 facility presents a technically sophisticated environment, with high-end audio equipment and increased utilisation of space.
School of Media and Communication Technical Services Manager, David Beesley, said the new shared facilities offered students a professional recording and broadcasting experience.
“The spaces are flexible, linked and co-located providing opportunities for collaboration across the schools and disciplines in a vibrant and dynamic space,” he said.
The Studio is a marked improvement on the former Building 14 and 6 spaces, which had been described as “pokey” and “dated,” providing a flexible open-plan workspace ideal for student collaboration.
Extensive work was undertaken to provide acoustically treated recording spaces, some of which have been equipped with high-end mixing desks, control surfaces and outboard gear, emulating industry best practice.
Beesley said the project provided some programs, such as Bachelor of Arts (Music Industry), with their first purpose-built facilities from which to operate.
“This allows scope for both teacher-directed and learner-directed activities in a safe, secure and purpose-built acoustic facility,” he said.
Forming part of the same project, SYN Media also unveiled their new studios on the same level of Building 6.
SYN is a youth operated media organisation and holds a full-time community radio licence. They broadcast on digital 90.7 as well as produce programs for Melbourne’s community television station, Channel 31.
Following the move from their former home in Building 12, new complex houses three studios as well as ample storage.
Tess Lawley, SYN Media’s General Manager, said the former Building 12 studios had a “grungy” style with soundproofing in the form of carpet or foam.
“The new spaces have industry-standard soundproofing and fancy windows between the studios for broadcast crosses,” she said. “Our volunteers are thrilled with the new studios.”