The Department of Recording Arts facilities include four recording studios connected to our concert halls, two Pro Tools production rooms, a multitrack studio, and an electronics lab.
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Musical Arts Center 460
The Musical Arts Center features acoustical design and technical capabilities that are among the best in the United States.Regularly compared to the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, the main stage is 90 feet wide by 60 feet deep. The backstage area occupies more than half the building and provides a state-of-the art theater space for technical work. The MAC is home to the IU Opera and Ballet Theater as well as performances by the Jacobs School's orchestras, bands, and jazz bands. The hall includes complete recording facilities as well as a live sound system capable of supporting everything from big band jazz to Broadway-style musicals.
Auer Hall is home to the Maidee Seward organ and hosts performances by the Jacobs School's world-class faculty, guest and ensembles. Featuring a high-beamed coffered ceiling with two side terraces, the hall's acoustics are ideal for chamber music, choral, and organ music. It includes complete recording facilities as well as a live sound system for music sound reinforcement.
Built in 1936, Recital Hall is the Jacobs School's most historic performance venue. It has hosted innumerable recitals by faculty, guests, of the Jacobs School. Because ot its storied history and connection to the past it is one of our most popular student performance venues. It includes complete recording facilities as well as a live sound system suitable for spoken word and music playback.
Ford-Crawford Hall is an intimate 100-seat auditorium designed for solo, chamber music and small ensemble performances. It includes complete recording capabilities and is connected to Simon 354 which can be used for more complex productions.
MAC 405 is our multitrack recording studio and contains a Neotek Elan 32x24x2 console and a Pro Tools HD3accel system with 24 I/O. It also has a large selection of outboard analog and digital processing gear and an extensive microphone collection. '405' as it is known is home to our multitrack recording classes and is available to students for personal projects.
MAC 327 is a Pro Tools production room. It is equipped with an HD3 Accel system with an 8-fader Dcommand and Xmon, and is equipped for 5.1 surround sound mixing. '327' is used for mid-level production courses and is available to students for individual production projects.
Simon 354 is our peremier Pro Tools production facility. It is equipped with a Pro tools HD3accel with a 24-fader Procontrol control surface and 24 I/O. It is equipped with 5.1 surround sound monitoring and is connected to Ford Hall for session recording. This studio is used for advanced coursework by juniors and seniors in the program. As with all our studios, it can be used for individual projects when available.
Simon 257 is the electronics lab. It is used by students during the four-semester electronics sequence for group and individual labwork. It is equipped with computers for circuit simulation as well as hardware for prototyping and testing electronic circuits. It also includes machining equipment for manufacturing circuit boards and equipment faceplates.