NEVE 8424

Newcastle University adds Neve 8424 Console to their music studios


The Newcastle Neve.

Newcastle University recently upgraded it’s Music Studios building to include the latest console offering from Neve. We spoke with Fred Hollingsworth, Music Technician and Associate Lecturer (pictured above), about why he chose the 8424.

How did this project start for you? What were the needs?

FH: The Music Studios building has been open for a little over 10 years and whilst some regular changes had been made, it was time to upgrade our studios as some of the equipment was becoming tired. To my knowledge Newcastle University has had 4 or 5 different studio refurbishments. One of my frustrations as a technician and lecturer was that we had some great equipment in storage; which didn’t have a home due to lack of space or IO in the design of those studios. Large institutions such as universities often contract an external company to design and install the full studio. This has some advantages however this does not utilise pre-existing resources. One of the requirements which I built into the business case when starting this project was that we needed to take advantage of what we already had and use our budget in the most efficient way possible across different areas. Having installed studios in previous roles, I felt confident incorporating pre-existing studio infrastructure into any new equipment we purchased. We also wanted the studios to be as “plug and play” as possible, so that our students spent less time trouble shooting and more time composing, recording and mixing.

“There is no desk that occupies this price point that gives you this level of hybrid flexibility and also sounds this good.”

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