Academics / Study at the Popakademie / Recording Studio

Recording in Progress!

In addition to numerous smaller studio rooms, the Popakademie has a large producing studio in a separate building, which is available to all producing students and bands of the Popakademie. Spacious, fully air-conditioned rooms offer the possibility to record complete bands and to realize bigger productions.

In the 58-square-metre control room you can find the heart of the studio, the Audient ASP8024 Heritage Edition, an analogue mixing console with 48 recording busses, which can also be used for larger productions. Connected to the mixing console is an Apple Mac Pro with Pro Tools HDX2 system, alternatively an RME MADI card to work with Apple Logic, Steinberg Cubase, Ableton Live or other native recording solutions. For Pro Tools as well as the native applications a large number of plug-ins from Waves and Universal Audio, among others, are installed.

The main monitors are two surroun:tec[:monolog] speakers, or, alternatively, as nearfield speakers vom KS digital and KRK. Headphone mixes are realized via an Aviom Personal Monitor System.

Reverb and effects are created via a tc electronix system 6000, a Lexicon PCM 90 and an EMT 240 reverb plate. For dynamic processing a DBX 162, an ADR CompexLimiter and two Empirical Labs Distressors are available. In addition to the 48 Audient preamplifiers, there are a number of external preamps from Neve, SSL, Universal Audio, SPL and Avalon Designs to provide even more timbres.

In addition to the control room, there is a 64 sqm recording room with daylight and two recording booths with 7 and 14 sqm respectively. A multitude of analogue and digital lines connect the rooms infrastructurally. All rooms are acoustically completely soundproofed from each other and from the outside to ensure perfect conditions even for larger sessions.

The students have access to a large number of high-quality studio microphones from Neumann, Sennheiser, Shure, AKG & CAD, among others, as well as various guitar amplifiers and bass amps, including some real vintage parts. A Kawai Shigeru grand piano and numerous Korg keyboards and Fender instruments are also available.