The Robert F Gilley Recording Studio is a multi-million dollar recording studio including 4 independent control rooms, 13 edit stations, 3 recording spaces, and the largest, most diverse collection of professional audio equipment at any public university in North Carolina. The facility is split between the first floor concert recording spaces and the fourth floor which demonstrates the more commercial and modern facility recording spaces found in many professional facilities through out the world.
The first floor recording spaces are optimized for high quality recordings and are connected to the Recital Hall and Rosen Concert Hall performance spaces. Equipment for these two facilities is focused on the accurate capture of a musical performance within these spaces as well as utilization of more of the classic and legendary vintage equipment that the industry was founded on. The fourth floor's main commercial recording facilities focus more on modern equipment from the latest innovators of quality gear in our field. As the main teaching facilities for the Music Industry Studies program, these 2 control rooms are the most popular of our recording spaces and students, artists, and freelance engineers keep this facility operating nearly 24 hours a day throughout the year. It is important to remember as you look through this site that we are first and foremost an educational facility and this dictates how we operate, schedule, purchase new equipment and work with artists in our space. While most commercial facilities in the professional market might have 10 of the same great compressor or preamplifier, the spirit of our equipment acquisition has always been to allow our students to work on the best professional audio equipment and know as many tools as is feasible before they graduate. In touring our facility, you will find a very diverse collection of equipment in every room as well as a complicated infrastructure which allows students to maximize their experience during their tenure at Appalachian State University and provide freelance engineers the flexibility to utilize a variety of professional products.
The equipment list for the studio area is extensive and always growing. While a current list can be found online, we often purchase equipment with the studio funds as soon as they become available. Any questions or concerns about particular listings or availability of different equipment can be directed to the Chief Recording Engineer, Mr. Scott Wynne.
We recently purchased and installed the UnderTone Audio UnFairchild 670MII Compressor. The UnFairchild is a clone of the legendary Fairchild 660 Compressor. "The audio path, primarily consisting of only 2 transformers and 4 paralleled vari-mu tubes, can provide a gentle smoothing of levels or an explosive, energizing compression that will make any recording leap out of the speakers." Only a limited number of this unit exist, and we are fortunate to be one of the first universities to have it installed. We have ours installed in a lowboy that allows it to be patched into any of our 3 studios via an EDAC patch bay.