University of Salford at MediaCityUK: week 3September 23, 2011
Week 3 since I moved into our MediaCityUK building and things are really coming together. Students are arriving all week for an induction and tour – first they’ve seen of the place from the inside. They’ll be back to start classes on 4th October and that is our deadline for all systems to be ready for teaching. They all seem massively impressed by the place and are fired up and ready to work here, there’s lots of tweeting about the building and facilities under the #mediacityuk hashtag. More academics have arrived now – check out some of Helen’s pics of the new building on Flickr for some nice views of the place. Training for staff is moving on at some pace, I’ve done most of the TV Studio training now – four days done and one day to go, radios studios covered now and audio post production suite today. So many toys in such a short time – is it Christmas already? 😀
We’ve got 2 radio studios
in the new building, both have similar equipment spec; studio B is designed to be self-op and is run out of a a single room whereas studio A has more channels, a separate live room and can be used for radio drama, interviews, game shows etc with a production team acoustically isolated from the live mics. Rick, one of our creative technician demonstrators, showed us round and got us up and running on the new kit. I’m not timetabled for teaching in here yet but think
I’m going to start using it very soon. just too good an opportunity to miss. The lecturers teaching on our TV and Radio Production course were well pleased with the studios although we spotted a few minor things to improve it and hopefully these will be implemented soon after our opening if not before – it’s all part of the snagging process that’s going on now.
Audio Post Production
I’ve also spent a bit of time in our new audio post production area this week, half a day’s training – basically familiarising ourselves with the new kit as most on the training day were used to Pro Tools and various control surfaces. There’s a main station at front for demos and mixdowns and 16 (I think) individual workstations all with Pro Tools 9 on board.
The desk/control surface on the main station is a Digidesign Icon D-Command, I’ve not used these before but am quite used to the C-24 we have on main campus and it’s not much of a change, just a lot nicer! Similar concept but better for automation with touch sensitive controls and bigger with more channels, seems to work very nicely with PT9 HD too which I am going to have to get familiar with now!
There’s a booth in there too which is perfect for ADR work and some small scale Foley recording although currently there’s a bit of noise from the air-con which we need to fix before going live. Again, there’s still snagging going on as it’s a new build.
All in all a great space and one I’m looking forward to teaching in.
The large group of students coming in for inductions are starting to give the place a bit more of a busy feel and I can’t wait for them to move over here permanently in a week or so (4th October).