Queen’s University Belfast SARC teams up with HHB for new immersive studio

The Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC) at Queen’s University Belfast has opened a brand new immersive sound facility featuring an Avid S6 M10 with MTRX, Dolby Atmos HE-RMU and a Genelec 8040 + 1032 Sub monitoring setup supplied by HHB Communications.

At the centre of the new setup sits the Avid Pro Tools S6 control surface combined with Pro Tools | HD 12.8. However, as some students work with several other DAWs, the additional ability to be able to control any EUCON enabled DAW with the S6 was essential.

The studios at the globally recognised institution are used for a wide variety of applications including the recording of pop and classical music, electronic music production, sound design, mixing for radio and television broadcast and post production for picture.

Alongside the new immersive sound studio is the Sonic Lab, a multi-functional concert hall/research lab allowing playback of 3D and binaural audio across 48 high quality loudspeakers. The addition of the Dolby Atmos Mastering Suite with Dolby HE-RMU extends the functionality of the lab to provide a second place for students to render mixes in Dolby Atmos. It will also be possible to present Dolby Atmos content to an audience of up to 150 people.

HHB’s educational sales manager, Andrew Hingley advised and worked with Craig Jackson, technical manager at the Sonic Arts Research Centre to update their facility.

"We have made numerous equipment purchases from HHB in the past and we have always been very impressed with the technical advice and support provided. HHB have also been very good at arranging demos of equipment prior to purchase which has been extremely helpful in making informed purchase decisions,” Jackson commented.“The installation process was excellent with knowledgeable staff customising the install to specifically meet our exact requirements.”