“We aim to cleanse student ears and change how they listen to music.” – Dr Simon Hall, Head of Music Technology, Birmingham Conservatoire.
In this blog we will delve into the dedicated mastering studio of Birmingham Conservatoire’s brand new facilities, shedding light on the world-class technology nurturing future music industry experts.
Over the years Bowers & Wilkins has provided loudspeakers to some of the most demanding recording studios around the world. From the iconic Abbey Road Studios in London to the legendary Skywalker Sound in California, a lot of music that you hear today will have been mixed and mastered on Bowers & Wilkins loudspeakers. These studios are inhabited by masterful recording engineers and producers, all of whom have years of hands-on, extensive experience, their ears meticulously trained to ensure no frequency is left untouched.
But imagine having the luxury of working with loudspeakers capable of superb audio reproduction while studying. That’s exactly what Bowers & Wilkins and Birmingham Conservatoire are striving to achieve. So we have provided a pair of our award-winning 800 Series Diamond loudspeakers to the Conservatoire’s dedicated mastering studio. The culmination of over 50 years of acoustic research, 800 D3 loudspeakers will bring a level of audio clarity to the Conservatoire that is simply unheard of in an educational setting, and ultimately exposes students, current and future, to the importance of high quality sound.
We interviewed Dr Simon Hall for his opinion on the innovative technology used in the Conservatoire, ready for when it finally opens its doors to the public in September 2017. Not only is he the Head of the Music Technology Department, his interests also lie in playing, producing and composing music. He outlined the research interests of the Department, which focus on sound recording, surround sound mixing and mastering – including some ‘rather wacky’ projects of which he didn’t discuss further – maybe best left to our imagination.
“We have world-class performers coming to perform at the Conservatoire every day; from the microphones through to the mixing desk, we want the highest quality of equipment possible. Audio reproduction is equal to all of these and is the ultimate end of that signal chain.”
With those words in mind, it is an undeniably exciting time for the Conservatoire, which is aptly being dubbed ‘the Conservatoire of the Future’ due to its integration of the best technical infrastructure and acoustical standards throughout the building. And with the introduction of 800 D3 loudspeakers into the mastering studio, it is clear that Dr Hall believes this will make an unparalleled amount of difference.
With just over one month to go until the facilities open its doors to students and staff, the next blog in this series will give an insight into the audio connectivity throughout the building, while highlighting the importance of Bowers & Wilkins 685 loudspeakers in the offices and smaller teaching classrooms.