Topic outline

  • General

    Sound and Video

    This team provides a professional service that supports both the academic and performance functions of the College.   The College’s four main venues and the Oxford Road rehearsal studios are wired for audio and video to remote studio facilities.  State-of-the-art mixing facilities are used to create high-quality recordings of events for archival and training purposes.  In addition to recording we provide advice and assistance on all aspects of music technology.

     

  • What do we record?

    Lunchtime concerts (Concert Orchestra, String Orchestra, Wind Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Brass Band and Brass Ensemble) and evening performances at the College (Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, New Ensemble, Baroque Ensemble, Big Band, Opera, Opera excerpts and Chorus) will be recorded for training and archive purposes.

    In addition, all première performances (including Composers’ Workshops and Labs), as well as public prizes/competitions will be recorded.

    • Recording sessions for students

      Recording sessions can be arranged on request and are charged at a rate of £35 per hour, this includes recordings intended for competition entries, funding applications and demo discs. This cost will include basic editing and two free CD/DVD copies.  Additional editing will be charged at a rate of £25 per hour.  Note - we require a minimum of 2 weeks notice for all recording sessions.  Please either email, telephone or call into the department to arrange a session.

      • Record yourself

        If you want to make a good quality recording of yourself then you can do this in any of the RNCM studios all of which are equipped with self-record units.  The following tutorial explains how to use them.  If after watching this you have any questions then please either email us at recording@rncm.ac.uk or call into the department. 

                       

           Using the self-record unit - video tutorial

           

        • Want to know more about recording?

          An interactive masterclass taught by Iain Massey

          • Comprehensive in-depth instruction
          • Hands-on virtual studio equipment
          • Step-by-step simulated recording project

          Sounds Active Essential Sound Engineering is a unique new interactive software package that teaches the fundamentals of Sound Engineering and Production.

          Designed for use in schools and colleges, the multimedia package combines expert teaching material from Iain Massey with fully operational virtual studio equipment and extensive audio and video footage for a rich blend of theory and practice.

          Essential Sound Engineering in pictures

          More Than A Textbook

          A textbook-based approach can build strong foundations, but in a practical subject like Sound Engineering, students learn by doing and learn best when guided by an expert supervisor.  Essential Sound Engineering offers hands-on learning opportunities, including a full step-by-step simulated recording project, supported by extensive on-screen guidance and background theory.

          Sounds Active Essential Sound Engineering runs on Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X based computers (detailed system requirements).

           

          Note - The College has a site licence for this interactive multimedia package, allowing staff and students to install it on their machines in College or at home.  To get it simply borrow a CD from the library and follow the instructions to install the software and get a licence key.

           

          • Equipment for loan

            PA equipment for loan from RNCM reception

            2 x Yamaha Stage pass PA systems

            (includes 1 x SM58 microphone, stand & XLR cable)

            Recording equipment for loan from RNCM reception

            2 x AKG 460 microphones, stand & cables for use with self-record units

            Recording equipment for loan from RNCM library

            20 x portable (Zoom) recorders

            • AV & Recording Equipment for use in Teaching Spaces & Venues

              Permanently installed Recording and AV eqiuipment 

              Studio 2 HiFi with CD & MP3 player lead                                  Tascam audio self-record unit

              Studio 3 HiFi with CD & MP3 player lead                                  Tascam audio self-record unit

              Studio 4 HiFi with CD & MP3 player lead                                  Tascam audio self-record unit

              Studio 5 HiFi with CD & MP3 player lead                                  Tascam audio self-record unit

              Studio 6 HiFi with CD & MP3 player lead                                  Tascam audio self-record unit

              Camera & DVD recorder, Flat Screen TV

              Studio 7 HiFi with CD & MP3 player lead                                  Tascam audio self-record unit

              Camera & DVD recorder, Flat Screen TV

              Room 275 HiFi with CD & MP3 player lead

              Room 278 HiFi with CD & MP3 player lead

              Room 279 HiFi with CD & MP3 player lead

              Room 280 HiFi with CD & MP3 player lead

              Room 281 HiFi with CD & MP3 player lead

              Studio Theatre HiFi with CD & MP3 player lead                       Tascam audio self-record unit

              Carole Nash HiFi with CD & MP3 player lead

              Concert Hall HiFi available on request

              Theatre HiFi available on request