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RCM Studios

Belle Shenkman Studio
RCM Studios was founded in 1967 as a pioneering electronic music facility by composer Tristram Cary. We now provide a range of services and resources for RCM students including music technology support, sound recording, video production and networked music facilities.

Our highly skilled staff, Steinway Model D grand piano and the friendly, relaxing environment have made the RCM Studios popular with classical musicians, film score producers and television producers internationally. Our recording engineers are also highly experienced in pop, rock and jazz recordings.

The studios have also been trading as a commercial enterprise since 1997, offering a range of technical services both at the RCM and on location.

Belle Shenkman Studio

The Belle Shenkman Studio is our principal recording space. The 90m2 live room is equipped with variable acoustic wall panels and provides a high quality performing environment for classical and other recordings. In 2016 the studio was fitted with a new LED lighting rig to support the increasing range of video work undertaken. It is home to our Steinway Model D concert grand piano, which has been featured in recordings by some of the world’s best known pianists.

Control room 1

Located adjacent to the Belle Shenkman Studio, Control room 1 is our primary audio production facility. Operating at an extremely high standard we are able to produce an extensive range of musical styles in an atmosphere that brings out the best from musicians and producers. Control room 1 is based around a Pro Tools HDX recording system with a Yamaha DM2000 V2 console, a number of high quality microphone preamps and a collection of exceptionally good microphones, making it an ideal place to record and undertake post production.

Control room 2

Control room 2 is equipped to make high-quality video and audio recordings from any of the College's performance spaces, including the Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall, Britten Theatre, Recital Hall and Parry Rooms.  Remote controlled HD cameras, flown microphones, 96kHz/24bit digital tielines, remote controlled pre-amplifiers and CCTV links terminate in Control room 2, enabling live audio and video recording with minimal additional setup. The room is also equipped with Pro Tools HDX for multitrack recordings and post-production, Final Cut Pro for video editing, and a wide range of additional recording, processing and effects facilities.

Microphone collection

The RCM Studios is proud of its large collection of high-quality industry-standard microphones. All microphones are available for use for recording sessions within the studio, and many are used in our concert recordings, live streams and amplified events.  The collection ranges from large diaphragm condensers and valve microphones to dynamic and wireless mics, each designed for a different application.

Production and composition suites

Our facilities for student composers and musicians include three rooms with high-spec Mac Pro workstations and extensive symphonic sample libraries. These rooms are used for teaching and coursework on a wide range of full time courses and elective modules including Composition for Screen, Electroacoustic Music, Composing with Sequencer and Studio Experience and CD Production.

Loan equipment

RCM Studios provides a wide range of equipment for loan, free of charge to students and staff, including digital audio recorders, HD video cameras, PA equipment, guitar amps and audio interfaces.