James L. Dolan Music Recording Studio
The brand new James Dolan Music Recording Studio is a 7,500 square foot multifunctional teaching, recording, and research space designed by Gensler and the Walters-Storyk Design Group. One of the most technologically advanced audio teaching facilities in the United States, the new facility greatly enhances the existing 12 studios which house the Music Technology program of NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. The studio is located on the sixth floor of 35 West 4th Street.
The new complex is distinguished by a 25-seat control/classroom which features a fully automated 48 channel SSL console and the first Dangerous Music 10.2 surround installation in New York City (now upgraded to a 12.2 system). In addition to a live room large enough to accommodate a small orchestra, the floor includes several research laboratories, offices, a conference/seminar room and a large iso/drum booth. Multiple windows and a full line of sight provide natural light throughout.
A unique research lab dedicated to 3D audio experimentation is equipped with an innovative, reconfigurable grid outfitted with sixteen Genelec speakers, two Genelec subs and multi-channel micing, tracking and playback options. The lab also boasts extremely low (.2 second) reverb time.
Since its opening, the new studio has been featured in many online publications. Below is a partial list of press coverage.
Studio A is a widely used recording studio, best used for band recordings. With various preamps and outboard gear, the studio utilizes an SSL AWS 948 Analogue console routed to a 5.1 surround system. The tracking room has a grand piano, drum set, and movable gobos for student use.
- Sample classes held: Studio Production Techniques, Mixing in the DAW
Studio B, the "synthesizer room," is home to many of our vintage synthesizers. From the miniMoog to the ARP 2600, students can use these tools to create and recreate sounds for their projects. The studio also houses an Otari analog tape deck.
- Sample classes held: Electronic Music Synthesis
Studio C is most suitable for students working on sound for film projects. The studio has a small-sized tracking room that works well for ADR sessions or solo musicians for music projects. Studio C currently houses a SSL Nucleus console in tandem with a 5.1 Genelec surround system.
- Sample classes held: Audio for Video Intro., I, & III
Studio D is another widely used recording studio and tends to be the first studio that students will learn to use. Studio D's main console is the Audient 8024. There is a small tracking room that consists of a single drum set. A tape machine also lives in the studio where students will learn about analog recording.
- Sample classes held: Analog Recording Technology, Digital Recording Technology
Studio D1 is a small classroom setting that can seat around a 15-count class, mostly used by our coding classes. Students can book this studio to work on mixing projects. A keyboard is also provided for students to work on music production projects.
- Sample classes held: MAX I/MIDI Programming, Game Audio I & II
Studio E is a large classroom setting. The room is most suitable for performance classes where student will collaborate with each other on various electronic compositions. In the back of the room, there are electronic stations with oscilloscopes for students to work on electronic-building projects.
- Sample classes held: Electronic Music Performance, Analog and Digital Electronics (with lab)
Studio F is another large classroom setting, mainly for lectures. Students are able to reserve one of the four workstations in the room to work on projects over headphones. Each station has a MIDI keyboard if students wish to work on any production projects.
- Sample classes held: Global Electronic Music, Fundamentals of Music Technology (undergraduate and graduate level)