Earlier this year we shared the exciting news that we would be building a state-of-the-art recording studio right here at BIMM Birmingham. Several months on and it gives us great pleasure to fill you in on the excellent progress we’ve been making, ahead of re-opening in September.
With just a month left until only our second academic year at BIMM Birmingham in Digbeth, our builders and staff have been working hard to ensure both our new and returning students have a modern space for rehearsals and hands-on lectures, ultimately preparing them for their careers. The hard work is indeed paying off, and we’re told our purpose-built facility – which will house specialist and industry-leading equipment from leading manufacturers – is nearing completion.
Guiding the project is our principal Antony Greaves, whose past experience as a technical manager at the iconic Mayfair Studios has been useful. He said: “We’re really excited about the progress of the studio, the builders are making excellent progress, and it’s taking shape now.
“The build team have the outer brick structure, floating floor and isolated walls in place and the next stage is the ceiling which will be supported from the isolated walls to form a ‘Room within a room’. This ensures that the isolation between rooms is excellent. Every material that is going into this studio will ensure it sounds great, and if you’d like to learn more about why this is, then you’ll really enjoy the ‘Audio Theory & Acoustics’ module on the first year of our Music Production Degree. The rendered images show how the studio will ultimately look, and I’m looking forward to working with the students in such a professional and inspiring environment.
“All the equipment has been ordered; we’ll be equipping the studio with Professional level equipment such as an Audient ASP8024 analogue console, along with Pro Tools HDX and lots of high-end outboard equipment from legendary manufacturers such as Neve, Warm Audio, Lexicon and Drawmer. Monitoring will be provided by Focal, Genelec, Yamaha and Avantone. Additional software includes Logic, Ableton Suite, Reaper, Native Instruments Komplete, Melodyne Editor, and the Fabfilter Pro bundle of plugins and microphones will be available including industry standards such as the Neumann U87, AKG C414, alongside various Rode, Shure, Electrovoice and Sennheiser microphones. I can’t wait to show it off to our current students and new arrivals in September.”
We’ll keep you updated with the launch of our new studio. In the meantime, we’re pleased to welcome the arrival of our first Level 3 Extended Diploma students and two new Music Journalism and Event Management BA (Hons) degrees.
You can read about our inaugural year at BIMM Birmingham here.