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NYU’s Clive Davis Institute of Recording installs 5088

December 6, 2011

New York University’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at the Tisch School of the Arts has announced the unveiling of a new state-of-the art production studio and teaching space located off campus in the Gramercy neighborhood of New York City based around the 5088 Discrete Analogue Mixer. Last spring, the Clive Davis Institute announced plans to expand and increase enrollment. The new studio will help with the need for more space to accommodate additional students.

“This expansion marks our commitment to production studies and allows for our continued growth in the arts community,” said Jeffrey Rabhan, chair of the Clive David Institute of Recorded Music. “It’s an integral part of our mission here at the Institute to provide the best facilities and opportunities for our students.”

The studio, comprising a Live Room and Control Room, measures approximately 600 sq. ft. and will serve as a new mix/overdub and teaching facility. It contains a 16-channel Rupert Neve Designs 5088 discrete analog mixing console, and is additionally outfitted with eight Portico 5032 Mic Pre/Equalizer and eight 5033 5-Band EQ modules in the console’s penthouse section. Jeff DelBello of dB Sound Design oversaw design and supplied and installed the audio equipment in the room. Chris Bowman of CHBO Inc. provided acoustical treatment for the space.

“The studio contains all top-quality equipment in a professionally appointed, acoustically balanced space, and reflects the current trends in pragmatic and economically feasible studio design,” said Nicholas Sansano, associate arts professor and production faculty head. “It also had to be easy to work in and not require a lot of setup time, and Jeff DelBello of dB Sound Design did an outstanding job of making the facility user friendly for our students.”

The 5088 is integrated into a hybrid setup that combines the console’s high quality, discrete analog front end, signal processing and summing buss facilities with an Avid Pro Tools|HD system and Artist Mix control surface. Analog outboard gear includes high-end units by Pendulum, Chandler, Universal Audio, and Empirical Labs, as well as instruments and amps by Fender and Ampeg. Sterling Modular supplied a leg set and custom monitor stand for the 5088 together with a custom desk for the Euphonix mix controllers.

The new studio occupies the former Studio A within the Soundtrack Film and Television multi-studio facility in Manhattan. It was a hit-maker in the 1980s for such well-known music artists as Run D.M.C, Taylor Dayne, Madonna and Steve Winwood, among others. The Clive Davis Institute also maintains two other large recording and teaching facilities on the NYU campus in Greenwich Village.

The Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music is the first of its kind to provide professional business and artistic training toward a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. The undergraduate program is designed to provide professional training for students who aspire to succeed as creative entrepreneurs in the music industry. Since it opened its doors in 2003, the program has been a leader in training aspiring music entrepreneurs. It has been on the cutting edge of music education, offering innovative courses like “The History of Def Jam,” “Emerging Music Trends,” and “Branding.” The program bears the name of its chief patron and advisor, Clive Davis.



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