25 May 2010

State-of-the-art recording studio in Dunedin

9:08 am on 25 May 2010

A new recording studio at Otago University is likely to make Dunedin a music industry hub.

The Albany Street studio is about 50 years old and is now known as the New Zealand Music Industry Centre. It's been given a new lease of life with the installation of a state-of-the-art sound desk.

The custom-made console cost the university almost $1 million, has 128 channels of input, and is already in high demand.

The studio itself was built by Radio New Zealand about 50 years ago.

The university bought the building several years ago to house its contemporary rock course.

The facility will be used primarily for Otago University student assessments and staff research projects.

But senior lecturer Graeme Downes says other musicians will be able to hire it when it's not in academic use.

There are already plans to use the equipment to remotely record events elsewhere in the city, using high speed fibre optic cable as a conduit.