Molly - Guide to music Facilities

January 1 2020
Music rehearsal

The film, music and media building is specially designed to support your learning and creativity💫 The building includes multiple labs where you can compose music and work around other students. You will spend a lot of time here. Your classes will be held here and you are encouraged to use these facilities outside of class for independent study🎶They are designed so you can complete your assignment to industry standard. The computers contain multiple DAWs and plug-ins so you will find one that suits your style! The software available includes Logic Pro X, Reason, Ableton Live Suite, Sibelius, Adobe CC and many more🖥

The recording studios include a Solid State Logic AWS 900+ mixing desk with Quested and JBL 5.1 surround sound monitoring. They also have a large selection of hardware outboard gear and plug-ins. The studios are fully equipped so students can change acoustics to suit their music🔈. Due to the pandemic, I haven’t been able to use the studios as it's hard to practice social distancing in a small space. But when restrictions ease we have been promised that we will have plenty of classes showing us how to use the studios to an industry-standard so we can do independent work there also🌟

In addition, the FMM block includes control rooms and sound booths. The acoustically isolated booths help to reduce sound transmission, making it easier to mix your music🎧 The monitoring space can be used as a control room. It includes an Apple Mac and multiple software including Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Ableton Live, Reason, and Waves etc. These spaces make the University of Hertfordshire stand out as they are crucial for music student’s knowledge, development and confidence as they help to prepare students for working in the music industry🎹

If you enjoy performing, there are plenty of opportunities for students to get involved! There is a room on the ground floor that includes a stage and multiple pianos where you can perform work and take part in masterclasses. In first year, we used this room for our performance module. We learnt how to conduct an orchestra. You can take part in this or singing🎵 This room is used as a lecture theatre but has been designed to be used as a creative space too as it also includes a PA system, holdback monitors, stage lighting rig and projector. The space feels more like a professional venue and will help prepare students for life after university. Also, there is a room where you can experiment with gamelan instruments and steel pans along with other interesting instruments to help broaden students' imagination and use of instrumentation in their work. There are also opportunities to work in ensembles. You can also perform your work in the forum which is the university’s entertainment venue🎤

At the University of Hertfordshire, you are encouraged to use these facilities to help you produce outstanding assignments and build a varied portfolio to help you apply for jobs after university!🤩