Recording Studio

The CCRMA Recording Studio provides a space for both research and class related recording with the typical audio software packages - commercial and open source - that are available for OSX or LINUX. There are 2 main routing systems,which can function simultaneously. These provide all the functionality of a recording studio, while also allowing for research and recording relating to virtual acoustic environments. Independently, both systems allow for the measurement or recording of up to 16-channels of audio. All 32-channels are available for the measurement and/or recording of audio when both systems are in use simultaneously.

To refresh yourself in how to get a sound, see: QUICK START Guide.The default scene on the Yamaha DM 2000 is scene 09 CCRMA STUDIO A. The studio etiquette guide follows after the system descriptions and equipment lists but just incase you think you know better …. NEVER DISCONNECT ANYTHING!!!

The studio can be booked through the CCRMA Room Booking System in general up to 8 hours per week - ask if you need more. Be aware that there is in heavy usage during Fall and Winter quarters with Music 192A/B students. The 192A/B instructor may choose to block off significant hours for these students.

Studio connections flowchart is available - Here

System Descriptions -

Routing System 1 - Regular Recording (Typically introduced in Music 192A or Music 199

Yamaha DM 2000 (DM 2000 Quick Guide - for most use cases use Scene 9 CCRMA Studio A on the DM 2000)
Mac Pro Late 2013 or LINUX
Word Clock is sent to the Apogee Big Ben from MOTU 112D and then on to the rest of the WC devices
MOTU 112D, also GF Handels Audio
MOTU MTP AV, GF Handels MIDI to Disklavier
Fredenstein CanAmp Headphone Amp
(Fredenstein Tube Mic Preamp, not connected)
Case for Audio Storage Drives 1 and 2. Always save your audio to Audio 1 or 2, never to your desktop
UA License Hub
USB Hub for your external devices
PreSonus FaderPort 8 Controller, will work with your Logic, ProTools, Reaper etc. sessions

Yamaha DM 2000 (6 Slots used for audio routing):

Slot 1, 2, and 6, DB25 to MOTU
Slot 3, ADAT for LINUX
Slot 4, DB 25  to Reamp Snake Ch 5-7 (Ch 2,3,4,8 Virtual Acoustic, see System 2)
Slot 5, DB 25 to Adams (and 5.1… sans .1 for now! Use Scene 4 of the DM 2000 for 5.1)

XLR Patchbay (From Live Room Snake 1 and/or in the Control Room direct-in):

By Default channels 1-16 of DM 2000 come from the live room snake into the the following preamps:

Channels 1-4 - Millennia 4 HV-3D
Channels 5-8 - Neve 5024
Channels 9-12 - Focusrite ISA 428 Mkii
Channels 13-16 - Universal 4-710d

Channels 17, 18, 19, and 20 are accessible direct from XLR Patchbay

Laptops plug into Rapco LTI 100 Interface direct to Channel 21 and 22 of DM2000 (Use Inserts to hear RME Analog 1 and 2 Out)

Channel 24 - Talkback (goes from the DM 2000 Omni Outs 5 and 6 to Output 6 of PreSonus Headphone Amp and then to Mackie Speaker in Live Room)

Also on the XLR Patch Bay:

Universal Audio 2 610 Preamp
Universal AudioUA LA - 2A Leveling Amp
2 Universal Audio 1176’s Compressors

(DBX, Ashley, and Furman currently unconnected)

Bantam Patchbay:

Unconnected, will normal to DM2000 from the 4 main preamps to allow for switching of where output of preamp shows up on DM2000

Monitor Speakers:

2 Adams A77X (5.1 available in combination with the 3 A7’s, all routed through Slot 5 of DM 2000's main routing section 1-5)
2 Westlakes BBSM-10 (routed through Stereo Out of DM 2000's main routing section)
2 Neumann KH 120 (connected to "Smalls" by way of Stereo Out of DM 2000's main routing section)
Channels 5-7 of the Reamp Snake in the Live Room are addressable from the DM 2000 Slot 4 by use of the Auxiliaries (probably best to use Aux 1-4, or Aux 9-12)

Headphone Routing:

The Live Room Headphone Amp is used by creating sends to outputs 3 and 4 of your DAW. This then goes to PreSonus HP60 Headphone Amp on Channel 27/28 of the DM2000, via Aux 5 and 6 physically hrough the DM2000’s Omni Out 5 and 6. (Talkback goes through channel 24 and then through channel 6 of the PreSonus HP60 to the Mackie speaker in the Live Room)

Signal goes to the Fredenstein CanAmp Headphone Amp in the Control Room via Aux 7 and 8, set on Channel 27/28, through the DM2000’s Omni Out 7 and 8

Routing System 2 - Virtual Acoustic System (or Mobile Recording if needed)

This can be used separate or in conjunction with System 1

Word Clock is sent from Apogee Big Ben - Apogee receives WC in from the MOTU D112. Always use 48K!!!

RME Fireface UFX +
Millennia (2 8CH HV-3D) - connected to VAS Snake 2 in the Live Room
SSL Alpha Link
4 of the RME outputs (3,4,5,6) go to the Genelec 8040’s through Channels 2,3,4,8 on the Reamp Snake in the Live Room
Use Inserts on Channel 21/22 of DM2000 to hear Analog 1 and 2 out of RME
2 Line Audio OM1 microphones are connected to Analog in 9 and 10 of the RME for virtual acoustic calibration and live input



Available in the Live Room:

Piano DC 7 Disklavier
Mackie 1202 Mixer (Can be used for stereo playback - 4 channels of live electronics through the Genelec 8040’s)
6 Channel PreSonus Headphone amp (Channel 6’s output goes to Mackie TalkBack Speaker)
4 Genelec 8040 monitor speakers
Taytrix 9 piece Baffle/Gobo Set
Gretsch Catalina Club set with 18" bass drum

Control Room Closet:

Microphones (Spec Sheets for Dynamic, Ribbon, and Condensers are Here)

Beyer M201 TG (2)
ElectroVoice RE20
ElectroVoice 868
Sennheiser MD 421 (2)
Sennheiser e604 (2)
Sennheiser MD504
Sennheiser E835
Shure SM57 (2)
Shure SM58 (2)
Shure SM 7B

Beyerdynamic M500 (2)
Beyerdynamic M160
Golden Age Active Ribbon mkiii
Royer R10 - (Pair)

AKG 414 (2 Pairs)
AKG 460B (2 both with omni and cardioid capsules)
AKG C451 (pair)
AKG D112
AT 4050
CAD M197 (2)
Josephson 42 (Pair)
Line Audio 2 x OM1
Line Audio 2  x CM3
Lauten LA-120 (Pair)
Lauten LA-320 (Has Tube Amp Power Supply)
MXL 990
Neuman U87
Neumann TLM 193
Neumann TLM 103
Rode M5 (2 Pairs)
Rode NT 55 (2 - with omni and cardioid capsules)
Rode NT 4 (Stereo)
Sennheiser e 901
Sennheiser MKH 20 (2)
Shure KSM 141 (2 Pairs)

Other Mics (Fancy Stuff)
3 Tetra mics and Zoom H3VR
B&K (Pair)
Schoeps (Pair + Boundary Plates)
Countryman Lav (2)
DPA (4 pack string microphones)
Sennheiser old 405

String Pickups
VC 1 (Cello Pickup)
VC 3 (Viola/Violin Pickup)
Schertler (DYN – V – P48) Violin Transducer
Schertler (DYN – C – P48) Cello Transducer
Schertler (Stat – C – Set) Electrostatic Transducer
Schertler (Stat – V – Set) Electrostatic Transducer

DI Boxes
Para Acoustic DI (2)
Behringer Ultra DI100
Radial Pro DI Passive
2 Radial Pro D2 Passive Stereo DIs
Radial Pro AV1 Broadcast DI

Shure SRH840
AKG K712
BeyerDynamic DT 1770
BeyerDynamic DT 770
Sennheiser HD650
Bose 35

Old Formats
Panasonic SV380 DAT
Tascam CD-RW 700
Tascam DA78-HR

2 Stereo Bars
Shock Mounts (On Bottom Shelf):
- U87
- AT4050
- Golden Age
Korg Minilogue Analog Synth
Check Mate CM-140 SPL Meter

Some Studio Etiquette 

When using the studios, it is necessary to adhere to the CCRMA security procedures, especially those regarding building access: NO DOORS ARE TO BE LEFT OPEN UNATTENDED. Equipment may be brought in for recording, but it CANNOT BE STORED here. CCRMA is not responsible for loss or damage to any equipment left here. Cables for studio use are stored on the wall inside the studio. These cables are for temporary use in the studio only: if you need cables for use outside the studio, see staff. The cables should be stored on the wall, either wrapped up with no ends hanging free (longer cables) or draped over the hooks (shorter cables). Please see that the cables you use are not tangled hopelessly when you return them.  (Extra credit if you use the over-under wrapping technique correctly.)

NEVER disconnect any audio connections in the studio (Exception: you may connect microphones to the mixing console directly to the mic inputs.) Be sure to clean up and return all equipment when you are done and report if something was out of place before you session began!

Food and drinks are not allowed in the studio control room. This is necessary to prevent accidents from damaging the equipment. There are kitchen facilities upstairs and you should use that area for eating, as long as you clean up after yourselves. If you sign up for time, you are expected to use it. If you cannot make use of a booking, you should delete it from the signup program and notify local-users@ccrma. If you bring non-CCRMA people into the studio, you are responsible for their adherence to the CCRMA rules. Please be respectful of others working at CCRMA and limit disruption: keep the studio door closed to keep sound from disturbing others. Try to minimize the impact of your project on the general CCRMA community.

Help! How do I get some light? 

Lighting in the recording studio and control room is controlled by a pair of rotary switches, one for on and one for off. To turn on lights, push in and turn the ON switch. To turn off the lights, push in and turn the OFF switch. Each switch has numbers that correspond to the banks of lights, so each bank can be switched on and off independently. A map next to the switches details the location of the various banks. (This confusing system allows dimming the light level without using conventional dimmers, which contribute lots of electrical noise.)