London College of Music opens state-of-the art studios for new talent
London College of Music (LCM), part of the University of West London (UWL), has opened seven new recording studios providing state-of-the-art facilities for the next generation of talent in the audio industry.
The University has invested more than £1m in the development of the studios at its site in Paragon House, Brentford, greatly enhancing its existing provision and making LCM’s studio complex one of the biggest in the world. It now features 19 studios, two performance spaces and the world’s largest Rednet installation which utilises Dante audio network.
This large investment by the University in resources for students underlines LCM’s commitment to fostering talent and developing expertise, which has been the College’s core principle throughout its long and illustrious 130-year history.
Importantly, the new facilities are for the exclusive use of students and offer guaranteed studio time in-house, meaning students do not have to wait in line for a slot at a studio which is owned and operated by an outside company. They are also located close to UWL’s student halls in Brentford.
The studios were officially opened on Wednesday 18 January by the University’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Peter John. The Chairman of the UWL Board of Governors, Chris Humphries CBE, Director of London College of Music, Sara Raybould, UWL alumni, and distinguished colleagues from industry and academia also attended. Students gave live demonstrations showcasing interactive surround sound, Dante networking, vintage analogue synthesisers, vocal performance and live audio mixing.
Vice Chancellor and CEO of UWL, Professor Peter John said, ‘I am delighted and immensely proud to open these fantastic studios today which have truly exceeded all expectations. It is fitting that we should launch such stellar facilities this year as LCM celebrates its 130th anniversary. This latest investment shows that while LCM continues to expand as a world-leading music education institution with international links, we always keep close to the core of what we do best – providing high quality, career focused education.’
Director of LCM, Sara Raybould said: ‘This new studio complex enhances the University’s already formidable reputation for far-sighted funding of industry-standard facilities supporting excellence in Music Technology and Production and shows the College is a great place for students to develop their talents and to master contemporary techniques. These new studios are a reminder in the College’s 130th anniversary year, that we are underpinned by a great tradition, but never bound by it.’
London College of Music offers a wide range of courses covering every aspect of the music and performance industries. With state-of-the-art facilities, LCM gives students the opportunity to perform, conduct, broadcast, record, engineer, manage and compose within a variety of art forms including film, TV, theatre and radio.
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