SSL Asia, Quested distributor in Singapore, supplied the system for the recording studio at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (YST), part of the National University of Singapore (NUS) and a collaboration between the NUS and Peabody Conservatory of Music at the John Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md.
The Solid State Logic 48-channel, 216-input C200 digital console has been teamed up with a Quested 5.1 surround-sound system made up of the Q412d as main monitors (L/R), which also handle the .1 feed, the Q212dn for the center and Q210d for the surround channels. The studio playback and rehearsal room monitoring is handled by a pair of Q210d and two QSB118 subwoofers.
The large machine room houses the Quested AP1300 and AP800 amplifiers with the SM326 and SM426, which drive both systems.
Established in 2001 under the name Singapore Conservatory of Music, the YST was renamed after the daughter of its benefactor, Dr. Yong Loo Lin, whose family made a most generous gift that contributes to the development of the faculty and also supports student scholarships.
Students are drawn to the Conservatory from all over the Asia-Pacific region, and undertake studies in music, performance and composition during their four-year undergraduate coursework.
State-of-the-art facilities are housed in a modern, three-story building that comprises 45 practice and rehearsal rooms, 30 teaching studios, eight ensemble rooms and one of the largest recording studios in Asia.
“Originally they were looking for some other monitors, but I convinced the consultant to take some listening tests on the Questeds, and a meeting with Roger at London’s Sarm West studio was arranged, and like they say, the rest is history,” says Chan Ken Wah of SSL Asia. “The rooms were co-designed with the consultant, Alan Kefauver, and built by David Hawkins of Eastlake Audio, and are large enough to record the entire orchestra of the conservatory. Recording and monitoring is also possible in the studio control room from the concert hall, which is situated in another part of the same building. Most—if not all—of the live recordings of performances are made in the control room with the Questeds.”
Roger Quested went to Singapore in order to set up the recording studio and rehearsal room systems. While there, Quested was invited to give talks to students studying at the Singapore branch of SAE, and also to engineers at the studios of Singapore’s national broadcaster, MediaCorp, a long-standing Quested customer.