Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music Studio 510 control room
The Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music at New York University now has a 5.1 surround monitoring system comprising a PMC MB2S powered by Bryston 14B and 4B amplifiers, plus an active PMC TB2S-A 5.1 playback array. The department’s larger Studio 510 control room is equipped with an API Vision Analog Surround Production Console, with space within the sweet spot for up to 30 students.
“We needed a sound system capable of delivering accurate sound playback across a wide area,” says department chairman Jim Anderson. “We are very pleased with the consistent sound produced by the MB2S 5.1 system and the TB2S-A 5.1 array we installed in the smaller Studio 505,” which features a Solid State Logic SL 9000 K Series analog console.
In 2003, the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU received a $5 million donation from Clive Davis (currently chairman/CEO of BMG North America) to create the department. Sam Berkow from New York-based SIA Acoustics designed the studio. Recording duties are handled by Digidesign Pro Tools HD workstation rigs and Studer A827 analog 24-track machines.
“We hold a critical listening class with our students in Studio 510,” Anderson continues. “Our classes really could hear subtle differences between recordings, which enables us to perform interactive discussions on the quality of recording techniques, performances and special effects being achieved during our practical sessions. The PMC monitors are full-range, high-resolution systems, just what we need for delving into the intricacies of a mix.”