Digital Recording Studio

Digital Recording Studio


The Dizzy Gillespie Digital Recording Studio (DRS) is a suite of connected rooms that function as a 32-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 DRS provides a dedicated space for audio recording, editing, processing, mixing and mastering using ProTools Ultimate software running on a new Mac Studio 2 computer. A Lynx Aurora 32n audio converter provides mastering-grade conversion. Sound is monitored through a pair of Genelec 1032A monitors. 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 Hearback headphone monitoring stations.

Hardware: Mac Studio computer (2023), Lynx Aurora 32 channel audio interface, Genelec 1032A monitors, API  MC531 monitor controller, RedCo patchbays, Mogami cabling, and a Hearback headphone system.

PreAmps: 4 channels of: Millennia HV-3D; 2 channels of:  Grace m201, API 512c, Great River MP-500nv, Grace m501, Chandler Little Devil, Daking 500, and Neve 1073LB.

Microphones: (2) 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, (3) Neumann TLM-103, (2) Neumann TLM-102, (2) Royer R-101, (4) Schoepps CM-5, (2) Sennheiser MKH 40, (3) Sennheiser 421, (2) Sennheiser e609, (2) Sennheiser 614, (1) Shure SM-7, (4) Shure SM-57, (2) Shure SM-58

Outboard Devices: (2) Empirical Labs Distressor, (1) SSL G-Comp compressor, (2) SSL 611-EQ, (2) API 560 10 band EQ, (1) Shadow Hills Dual Vandergraph compressor, (2) Neve 1073 LBEQ, (2) Maag Audio EQ4 ,(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 & Plugins: ProTools Ultimate 2023, Waves Diamond Bundle, Izotope Production Suite, Valhalla bundle , Soundtoys bundle, Universal Audio Octo-Core, AltiVerb 7, Fab Filter bundle, SoundHack Delay Trio, SoundHack Spectral Processors, Spat Revolution.