The new Reid recording studio – which is situated in a basement at Edinburgh University – features equipment from SSL, TC Electronic, Vertigo, Manley Labs and Mytek, supplied by north London’s KMR Audio.
Designed by staff member Dr Michael Edwards and studio manager Kevin Hay, project managed by Edwards and installed by Hay, Owen Green and Sean Williams, the new studio is centred around an SSL AWS 900 console. Outboard includes a TC Electronic 6000 reverb and signal processor, TC Konnekt 32 interface, Vertigo compressors, Manley Labs Massive Passive EQ, and Mytek A-D/D-A converters. Additional kit includes an EMT 140 plate reverb and a Studer A80 RC stereo 1/4″ master recorder.
The studio incorporates point-to-point cabling from the mixing desk/patch bays to the Reid Concert Hall and its Music Classroom concert space. This room – home to a Steinway D concert grand piano and an organ considered to be one of the finest of its kind in the UK – provides a first-class recording venue for a wide variety of music.
Assessing KMR Audio’s contribution to the project, Edwards commented: “We found it exceptionally valuable to be able to compare a large range of equipment in-house at KMR. The visit we made changed a few important kit-list decisions for us, once we’d listened and spent a few hours talking with staff. Keith in particular has been a great contact and has always been really quick at turning things around. Highly recommended.”