Discipline of Music

Electro-Acoustic Music Studios

Electro-Acoustic Music Studios

The UKZN Electro-Acoustic Music Studio was the first of its kind in South Africa. It was established in 1973 by Ulrich Süsse and has been serving the university community since then. In 2006 the studio was moved to the Francis Stock Building. The new studio facilities were designed by Dennis Claude and Jürgen Bräuninger. The Electro-Acoustic Music Studio now consists of a large live room equipped with a Steinway Model B grand piano, a drum booth, a vocal booth, and two control rooms, as well as a room for the DJing students.

Equipment and instruments:

Live room

  • Steinway Model B grand piano 
  • Drum kit

Control A

  • 2 Genelec 1032A monitors
  • 2 Genelec 8030A monitors
  • 1 Skytron 5.1 surround sound system
  • 1 Mac Pro Quad-Core with DIGIDESIGN ProTools HD1, IK Multimedia Studio Bundle
  • 2 Digidesign 96 i/o units
  • 1 Digidesign Control|24
  • 1 Digidesign MIDI interface
  • 1 M Audio Keystation Pro88 MIDI master keyboard
  • 1 Behringer HA4700 headphone amplifier
  • 1 Akai Z8 sampler
  • Large selection of microphones, headphones, etc.

Control B

  • 2 Das studio monitors
  • 2 Behringer 2030A nearfield monitors
  • 1 Audio Geometry stereo power amplifier
  • 1 Amek M1000 16-4-2 mixing console
  • 1 Macintosh G5 computer with Digi003, Mackie Control, Digidesgin ProTools LE, Motu Digital Performer, Emajic Logic, NI Reaktor, Max/MSP, etc.
  • 1 Macintosh G3 computer with DIigidesgin ProTools, Project II (8×8), Opcode Studio Vision Pro, MetaSynth, etc.
  • 1 MiniMac computer with Digi003, Digidesign ProTools LE, etc.
  • 1 Fostex ADAT machine
  • 1 Fostex D-5 digital audio tape (DAT) machine
  • 1 Tascam MD-301MKII minidisc deck
  • 1 Marantz cassette deck
  • 1 E-MU Proteus 2000 MIDI soundmodule
  • 1 Roldand Soundcanvas
  • 1 Yamaha CD recorder
  • 1 Alesis StudioQuad digital signal processor
  • 1 BBE 422 A “Sonic Maximizer”
  • 1 Aphex Aural Exciter
  • 1 Audio Logic 266 dual gate, compressor/limiter
  • 1 Behringer compressor/limiter
  • 1 Digitech DSP 256 XL digital signal processor
  • 1 Yamaha SPX90 digital multi-effect processor
  • 1 Syntovox 222 vocoder
  • 1 Fostex PH50 headphone amp
  • Large selection of microphones, headphones, etc.

DJ Room

  • 1 Pioneer A-203 stereo amplifier
  • 2 Celestion 5 monitors
  • 1 Pioneer CT-W404R cassette deck
  • 1 Samson C-que8 4-channel headphone amplifier
  • 1 Gemini PS-626i mixer
  • 2 Technics SL-1200MK2 turntables
  • 1 Gemini CD-200 2U CD player
  • Selection of vinyls, headphones, etc.

One of our most popular facilities, the Electro-Acoustic Music Studio was the first of its kind in South Africa. It is a “state-of-the-art” facility and is the most active university studio in the country.

Established in 1973 by Ulrich Süsse as a classic tape/synthesizer facility, the studio was further developed by Dr Gerald Lapierre until his tragic death in a road accident in 1981. Under the directorship of Dr Kevin Volans from 1981-1985, the studio was moved to new premises and enhanced by an 8-track tape recorder and a mixing console.

From 1985 to the present, Professor Jürgen Bräuninger has served as director of the studio. Assessing its potential in a multi-ethnic academic community, he added a small recording studio which received much use. He also added computer hardware and software and integrated MIDI facilities into the studio format.

At the end of 2006 the School of Music moved to Francis Stock Building and new studio facilities were designed by Dennis Claude and Jürgen Bräuninger. The Electro-Acoustic Music Studio now consists of a large live room equipped with a Steinway Model B grand piano, a drum booth, a vocal booth, and two control rooms, as well as a room for the DJing students.

Over the years, the recording projects that have been completed in the studio have included:

  • ‘Insurrections: a musical dialogue between Indian and South African artists’. South African History Online (2012)
  • Darius Brubeck & Mike Rossi, Two And Four / To And Fro (2011)
  • Fiona Tozer, Somewhere Else (2010)
  • Mageshen Naidoo, Warwick Triangle (2009)
  • DURBAN NOISE and scraps works (GSE Claremont Records 1998)
  • Matthias Schneider-Hollek, E (Edition Musikat 1998; ISBN 3-9805555-6-9)
  • The Little Library Maths Kit (Cambridge University Press 1996)
  • Landscape Prayers (Greenhouse Records 1995)
  • Gathering Forces II (B&W Music 1994)
  • Counterculture, Art Gecko (B&W Music 1992)
  • Chesterville Youth Group, Music for Liberation (Culture and Working Life Project 1990)

International visitors who have worked or taught in the studio include:

  • Mark Grimshaw
  • Luc Houtkamp
  • Nicolas Collins
  • Gert-Jan Prins
  • Gilius van Bergeijk
  • Dan Wyman

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