Digital Recording Studio

Music Studio Facilities 9-25-2013The Dizzy Gillespie Digital Recording Studio (DRS) is a suite of connected rooms that function as a 48-channel, professional recording studio. The control room and live room are acoustically treated and tuned for optimal sound isolation for recording and mixing. The DRS is the most active studio in the music school. The majority of music students gain recording experience either as an engineer or a performer before they graduate from CalArts. Throughout the years, a wide variety of albums and scores for film, animation, and video have been recorded, mixed, and mastered in the DRS.

The audio equipment in the DRS control room is constantly being upgraded. The DRS provides a dedicated space for audio recording, editing, processing, mixing and mastering using a ProTools HD-X system running on a new Apple MacPro controlled by a Digidesign C-24 control surface. Lynx Aurora and Apogee AD-16X and DA-16X audio converters provide mastering-grade analog to digital conversion. Sounds are monitored through a Genelec 5.1 surround monitoring system and Mogami audio cables are used throughout the studio.

The studio live room is acoustically tuned and isolated, and includes a Yamaha 7-foot grand piano,  Taytrix gobos, and Furman headphone monitoring stations.

Hardware: Apple MacPro, ProTools HDX audio card, Genelec 5.1 surround sound monitoring system, RedCo patchbays, Mogami cables, (2) Lynx Aurora 16 A/D audio converters, Apogee AD-16x and DA-16x audio converters, Avid C-24 control surface, and a Furman HDS6 headphone system.

PreAmps: 4 channels of: Millinnia HV-3D; 2 channels of:  Grace m201, API 512c, Great River MP-500nv, Grace m501, Chandler Little Devil, and Daking 500

Microphones: (4) AKG 414, (2) AKG 452, (1) AKG D-112, (2) Audio-Technica 3035, (1) Audio-Technica 4033, (2) Beyerdynamic M-160, (1) Beyerdynamic TG-drumset microphone kit, (2) Josephson C-42, (4) Neumann KM-184,  (1) Neuman TLM-49, (2) Neumann TLM-103, (2) Neumann TLM-102, (2) Neumann TLM-170, (2) Royer R-101, (2) Schoepps CM-5, (2) Sennheiser MKH 40, (4) Sennheiser 421, (2) Sennheiser e609, (2) Sennheiser 614, (1) Shure SM-7, (4) Shure SM-57, (1) Shure SM-58

Outboard Devices: (2) Empirical Labs Distressors, (1) SSL G-Comp compressor, (1) SSL 611-EQ, (1) Drawmer M500 dynamics processor, (1) Lexicon PCM-81 digital effects processor, (1) Lexicon MPX-1 digital effects processor, (1) Eventide Eclipse digital effects processor, (1) Orban / Parasound 111-B spring reverb, (1) DeltaLabs Effectron digital delay, (1) FMR Audio Really Nice Compressor, (1) Ensoniq DP-4 digital effects processor, (1) Dolby Model 740 spectral processor

Software: ProTools 12 HD, SoundBlade 2.2, Waves Diamond Bundle plugins, Universal Audio Octo-Core Plugins, AltiVerb 7, SoundHack Delay Trio, SoundHack Spectral Processors