Chesterfield College’s new music studios promise industry standard facilities for students and musicians
New studios at Chesterfield College are giving music production students a professional space to practice and record, using industry standard equipment.
The studios are the latest addition to the college’s new music department and are designed to allow students the opportunity to develop the technical and creative skills they need for their future careers.
At the same time, they will also provide a useful resource for musicians in Chesterfield to use as a collaborative recording space in the evenings and at weekends.
The new facilities provide a mix of practical and academic spaces for both classroom-based learning and hands on experience at music making and recording.
They are made up of three elements – a classroom space with a suite of macs for learning and editing, a control room with a mixing desk and analogue equipment, and a ‘live room’ which has been designed for traditional collaborative music making.
Music tutor and musician, Jonathon Salisbury said: “Having the music studio gives us a professional environment the students can walk into and use. You don’t necessarily need that level of equipment to make good music but if you learn how to use this kind of facility you can always scale back to whatever you need.
"It is fundamental for students to understand how a professional studio works and get used to that kind of environment. It will help them build up an amazing portfolio of recordings which will launch them onto whatever they choose to do after college.”
“The studio is designed with analogue equipment so it works best for traditional collaborative music making. You can put a whole band in one space. There is real magic that happens when you get musicians together in one room. All the old great bands worked that way.
"The students who have used it so far have been amazed that they are in this professional space making music with other people again. They are definitely inspired by the quality of what they can produce in the new facilities.”