NYU Steinhardt Unveils $6.5 Million State-of-the-Art Audio Teaching Facility


New York University s program in music technology unveiled today a new $6.5 million state-of-the-art music technology facility, a 7,500 square foot multifunctional teaching, recording, and research space designed by Gensler and the Walters-Storyk Design Group. One of the most technologically advanced audio teaching facilities in the United States, the new facility greatly enhances the existing 12 studios which house the music technology program of NYU s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.

Facility Includes James L. Dolan Music Recording Studio; 3D Audio Research Lab; 10.2 Surround Sound; 25-seat Control/Classroom

New York University’s program in music technology unveiled today a new $6.5 million state-of-the-art music technology facility, a 7,500 square foot multifunctional teaching, recording, and research space designed by Gensler and the Walters-Storyk Design Group. One of the most technologically advanced audio teaching facilities in the United States, the new facility greatly enhances the existing 12 studios which house the music technology program of NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. The studio is located on the sixth floor of 35 West 4th Street.

“We’re thrilled to open our new music technology facility, which includes the James L. Dolan Music Recording Studio,” said Mary Brabeck, dean of NYU Steinhardt. “The combination of audio excellence, research focus, and educational possibility strengthens both the pedagogical and research missions of the School. The new facility provides our faculty and students with a stunning environment and the latest technological equipment to support their creative and scholarly work. I am extremely grateful to Mr. Dolan, a member of my Dean’s Council for his generosity and vision, and to the Dolan Family Foundation.”

“More than a decade ago, the faculty in music agreed that music technology should be thematic throughout all of their programs. We launched a plan to build our venerable music technology program not only for its own sake, but because we recognized that music technology would be the driving force in the development of our acclaimed programs in music business, music composition, jazz studies, music performance, and music education. The opening of the facilities, and the crown jewel, the James L. Dolan Music Recording Studio, represents a watershed moment in our ongoing plan,” said Lawrence Ferrara, director of the programs in music and performing arts in the Steinhardt School.

NYU Music Technology Facility: Audio Slide Show from NYU Steinhardt on Vimeo.

“The scale and depth of the technological and acoustical capacity of this facility is unparalleled,” said Robert Rowe, vice-chair, director of music composition. “We are deeply appreciative of the contributions by James L. Dolan, president and CEO of Cablevision Systems Corporation and chairman of Madison Square Garden, the Dolan Family Foundation, as well as New York University and the Steinhardt School, without whose support this dream could not have been realized.”

Internationally recognized, the music technology program at NYU Steinhardt prepares undergraduate and graduate students for successful careers in sound engineering, computer music, audio-visual production and post-production, mastering, scoring for film and multimedia, audio for games, software development, and multimedia production. The program likewise fosters innovative academic research in a variety of fields, such as music information retrieval, digital signal processing, music cognition, and 3D audio.

The new complex is distinguished by the James L. Dolan Music Recording Studio, a 25-seat control/classroom which features a fully automated 48 channel SSL console and the first Dangerous Music 10.2 surround installation in New York City. The facility includes a live performance room large enough to accommodate a small orchestra, several research laboratories, offices, a conference/seminar room and a large iso/drum booth. Multiple windows and a full line of sight provide natural light throughout.

A unique research lab dedicated to 3D audio experimentation is equipped with an innovative, reconfigurable grid outfitted with sixteen Genelec speakers, two Genelec subs and multi-channel micing, tracking and playback options. The lab also boasts extremely low (.2 second) reverb time.

To create a teaching studio of this magnitude, a master team of architects, acousticians, and technologists was formed by an NYU Ste 500

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