The Sound Studio is a purpose-built facility of the Music Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, which participates in handling the tasks arising from the plans for this faculty's pedagogical, research and artistic activities in the field of sound creation and musical acoustics.

The Sound Studio premises are currently shared by the Musical Acoustic Research Centre and the Sound Production Department.

Recent events

Recordings of concerts, demo recordings and competition recordings for HAMU students may be secured only by arrangement with one of the sound directors from the Sound Studio and subsequent conclusion of a written Sound Studio production order with Mrs Šlapalová.

Order for study purposes/PDF format  can be completed and printed out in advance.

Recording cannot be arranged for time slots that are already taken.

Contacts

Secretariate
Sound directors
Technical operatives

Michaela Šlapalová

Executive assistant, contracts - service and technical staff

E-mail: michaela.slapalova@hamu.cz
Phone: 234 244 168
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doc. Ing. MgA. Ondřej Urban, Ph.D.

Sound studio manager, senior lecturer

E-mail: ondrej.urban@hamu.cz
Phone: 234 244 170
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PhDr. Aleš Dvořák

Electro-acoustics technical operative, lecturer

E-mail: ales.dvorak@hamu.cz
Phone: 234 244 170
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doc. MgA. Martin Pinkas, Ph.D.

head of department

E-mail: martin.pinkas@hamu.cz
Phone: 234 244 169
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Ing. Vladimír Jakeš

Technical operative in electro-acoustics

E-mail: vladimir.jakes@hamu.cz
Phone: 234 244 165
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Martin Slavický, DiS.

Technical operative in electro-acoustics

E-mail: martin.slavicky@amu.cz
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Sound studio HAMU

Malostranské náměstí 258/13
118 00 Praha 1

tel.: +420 234 244 168
e-mail: zvuk@hamu.cz


Studio recording
Studio equipment
Price lists
CD recording - orientational breakdown

Studio recording

Teachers and professional staff of the Sound Studio and/or the Music Faculty use their artistic skills as sound and music directors or by realising electroacoustic music, either on internal faculty projects or on commissioned work from clients outside the faculty. Part of these artistic activities are included into the so-called additional (previously auxiliary) business activities of the studio.

The Sound Studio's additional activities include the making of CD recordings with prominent Czech and foreign musical performers. These recordings are used either for its own publishing activities, which are provided by Music Faculty Artistic Operation, or they are realised for other publishing companies. Reconstruction and remastering of historical recordings is a separate activity.

The Sound Studio's additional activities are governed by the applicable AMU regulations and the provisions of the studio's rules of operation. With respect to staffing, sound direction of recordings is exclusively dependent on the studio staff and music direction is preferentially dependent on Music Faculty teachers or, in special cases, on external music directors.

Sound studio equipment

Recording studio

Main sound direction

Electronic sound studio

Sound production lecture room

Machine Room

Anechoic chamber as per ISO 3745

Musical acoustics laboratory

Experimental psychoacoustics laboratory

Physical acoustics laboratory

 

Recording studio

  • area: approximately 100 m2
  • cubic capacity: approximately 700 m3
  • reverberation time: 0.8 sec
  • piano: Steinway, model D-274, čís. 539546 (1997)
  • mics: Neumann, AKG, Brüel & Kjaer, Schoeps, Sennheiser, Shure
  • capacity: max. 30 seated musicians

Main sound direction

  • area: approx. 35 m2
  • cubic capacity: approx. 120 m3
  • reverberation time: 0.4 sec
  • console: Solid State Logic Duality SE
  • 5.1 system: Genelec 1037 C + Genelec 7071 A
  • recording:
    • Mac Pro, Digidesign HD 2, I/O 192/24, ProTools 8
    • Tascam DA-60, Tascam DA-88 + DA-38
    • HHB CDR-830
    • Studer a 80, 38/19 - Dolby A/SR
    • Sony MDS E-52
    • Tascam 122 MK III
       
  • reverberation processor: Lexicon 960L
  • dynamic processors
    • TC Electronic Finalizer Express
    • Focusrite VoiceMaster Pro Platinum
    • Behringer Tube Composer T1952
    • Behringer 9024 Ultra-Dyne
       
  • equalizers:
    • Klark Teknik DN 27 A
    • Behringer 8024 Ultra-Curve
       
  • frequence analyzer: Klark Teknik DN 6
  • recording restoration processors:
    • Cedar De-Clicker DC 1
    • Cedar De-Crackler CR 1
    • Cedar De-Hisser DHX

Electronic sound studio

station 5.1

  • recording: Apple G5 Dual, Digidesign HD 2, I/O 192/24, ProTools 7.4
  • preamplifiers: Focusrite Octopre
  • controller: JL Cooper MCS-3800, MCS-Surround Panner
  • listening monitors: Yamaha MSP 10 + SW 10, Rane SRM-66

stereophonic station

  • console: Soundcraft Spirit Digital 328, 16/8/2
  • listening monitors: Yamaha MSP 10
  • recording: Apple G5 Dual, Motu 828 MkII
  • MIDI interface: Digidesign MIDI I/O
  • masterkeyboard: Fatar SL-880
  • software: Cubase, Logic Audio, Nuendo, Max MSP, Native Instruments Complete
  • additive synthesis: Kawai K-5000 S
  • subtractive synthesis:
    • MiniMoog Voyager
    • Roland JP-8080
    • Korg MS2000R
    • Korg MS20
    • Transcendent 2000
    • Korg Polysix
    • Korg Poly800
       
  • FM synthesis:
    • Yamaha FS1R
    • Yamaha DX5
       
  • virtual synthesis: Yamaha VL-1m
  • electronic instruments:
    • Etherwave Theremin
    • ARP Omni2
       
  • samplers:
    • Akai Z8
    • Korg DSS-1
       
  • sound modules:
    • Yamaha TG500
    • Yamaha TG77
       
  • MIDI microphone: Roland CP-40
  • reverberation processor:
    • Korg DRV-2000
    • Roland SRV-330
       
  • other processors:
    • Eventide H3000 SE
    • Yamaha SPX990
    • dbx 1531x
    • dbx 563x
    • dbx 363x
    • Electro Harmonics Vocoder
    • Korg SDD-1200
    • Soundart Chameleon

 

Sound production lecture room

  • console: Soundcraft Sapphyre 20/8/2
  • stereophonic listening: Genelec s 30 C
  • recording:
    • PC Pentium 4 Dual procesor, Win XP, Digidesign DIGI002, ProTools 7.4 LE
    • Sony DTC 77-ES
    • Studer B 62, 38/19 - Dolby A/SR
    • Fostex E 16, Dolby C
       
  • reverberation processor:
    • Lexicon 300L
    • AKG ADR 68K

Machine Room

  • console: Soundcraft Spirit Folio, 10/2
  • headphones: AKG K1000
  • recording:
    • Digidesign MBox
    • Tascam DA-60
    • Studer D-780
    • Studer D-740

 

Anechoic chamber as per ISO 3745

  • inner proportions: 5.26 x 3.75 x 2.25 m
  • critical frequency: 125 Hz
  • accessories: walking net, audio-video communication

 

Musical acoustics laboratory

  • measuring microphones and amplifiers, oscillators, analysers, B&K filters
  • 16+8 channel network of measuring microphones with recording on a HD Tascam MX-2424
  • MLSSA, DAP, MATLAB, SoundLab, Sound Quality B&K and Kay Elemetrics software systems
  • Korg, Peterson electronic tuners, clarinet mouthpiece tester, embouchure and mouthpiece testing kits
  • artificial exciters for string and wind instruments
  • BIAS system (Brass Instruments Analysis System)
  • VIAS system (Violin Analysis System)

 

Experimental psychoacoustics laboratory

  • listening monitors: Genelec 3x 1030A, 2x 1029A 1x 7060A
  • reference headphones: AKG K1000, Sennheiser HE-60
  • dummy heads:
    • Cortex C1/TO1 (with torso)
    • Neumann KU 100
    • Schoeps KFM 360
  • psychoacoustic tester: PC-ML in/out 24bit

 

Physical acoustics laboratory

  • Q-600 PulsESPI Dantec Dynamics laser system for vibration exposure and analysis
  • Polytec dual-beam laser vibrometre

Price lists for additional activities

Summary of current prices for use of the Sound Studio premises and equipment

The price list is valid as of 1.5.2014.

21% VAT will be added to the total amount charged by the studio.


Studio recording

Recording studio + main sound direction:

CZK 1,000/hour

Recording studio + additional sound direction:

CZK 900/hour

Steinway piano (excluding tuning and assistance):

CZK 800/hour

Main sound direction:

CZK 600/hour

Additional sound direction:

CZK 500/hour

Electronic sound studio:

CZK 800/hour

Electronic sound studio in sound direction function:

CZK 500/hour

Anechoic chamber (excluding instrumental equipment):

CZK 1,000/hour

Additional hours are charged in 20-minute increments There is no charge for time spent on studio installation, clean-up and other work

The following discounts are valid for students of the Music Faculty

 

Concert recording for Music Faculty students

Concert recording on the faculty premises (for HAMU audiences):

CZK 200

Partial concert recording on the faculty premises (for HAMU audiences):

CZK 150

Concert recording off the faculty premises, in Prague (for HAMU audiences):

CZK 300

Additional sound direction charge if the waiting time for a scheduled time slot is not observed:

CZK 400

Concert recording time slots must be booked 14 days in advance, studio recording 28 days in advance.

Unclaimed recordings or the related original material are stored at the Sound Studio for two months only. After that they are deleted unless decided otherwise!!!

Prices for express recording jobs or technically demanding methods (e.g. multichannel recording, playback, etc.) must be set by agreement.

 

Discounts provided by the Sound Studio:

Discount for including the Sound Studio logo in the booklet text of a commercial CD

10 %

Discount for making a commercial recording as Sound Direction and Music Direction students' graduate theses.

40 %

Information about the conditions for further discounts provided to internal teachers and legitimate Music Faculty students can be obtained from the studio production room.

Prices for the work of the recording team in the case of commercial recordings (i.e. the work of the sound director, the music director and, if appropriate, a technical assistant) are set by agreement according to how time-consuming, technically and organisationally demanding the recording and processing are!!!

Prices for all acoustic measurement and research work are set by agreement

 

Music Faculty premises sound system installation price list

Basic equipment setup: max. 4 Shure microphones, max. 4 ElectroVoice EV S 200 speaker systems (including operator)

first hour:

CZK 700

per additional hour:

CZK 450

other equipment (cordless microphones, CD etc.) surcharge:

from CZK 50/hour

Surcharge for services on non-business days (and after 15:00 on Fridays)

first hour:

CZK 200

per additional hour:

CZK 50

Every subsequent hour is charged in 20-minute increments; no charge for equipment installation and clean-up.

Express surcharge of up to 100% of the total price.

21% VAT will be added to the stated prices.

 

Mobile service rig

large-scale (12 microphones, communications, etc.):

CZK 1,500/day

small-scale, reporting-style (2 microphones):

CZK 800/day

 

Other work

  • Transcriptions of recordings – priced according to level of difficulty
  • Reconstruction and remastering – priced according to level of difficulty
  • Material supplied by Sound Studio (DAT, CD-R) – purchase price + 20%

CD recording – orientational breakdown

The following examples are based on the most common budget proposals for recording as per the Sound Studio price list and also reflect the discounts offered. These model breakdowns for commercial recording (examples 1 and 2) do not include the music and sound directors' fees.

 

Example 1: Recording of a CD of approximately 70 minutes' duration – chamber music with piano

recording frequency, per 4 hours 4 x CZK 1,800 CZK 7,200
recording frequency, per 4 hours 4 x CZK 1,800 CZK 7,200
recording frequency, per 4 hours 4 x CZK 1,800 CZK 7,200
recording frequency, per 4 hours 4 x CZK 1,800 CZK 7,200
recording frequency, per 4 hours 4 x CZK 1,800 CZK 7,200
frequency editing, per 4 hours 4 x CZK 600 CZK 2,400
frequency editing, per 4 hours 4 x CZK 600 CZK 2,400
frequency editing, per 4 hours 4 x CZK 600 CZK 2,400
frequency editing, per 4 hours 4 x CZK 600 CZK 2,400
frequency editing, per 4 hours 4 x CZK 600 CZK 2,400
mastering, per 4 hours 4 x CZK 600 CZK 2,400
total rental cost excluding 20% VAT: ..................... CZK 50,400

Amounts for piano tuning and assistance from a piano tuner must be added to the above budget.

 

Example 2: Recording of a CD of approximately 70 minutes' duration – without piano

recording frequency, per 4 hours 4 x CZK 1,000 CZK 4,000
recording frequency, per 4 hours 4 x CZK 1,000 CZK 4,000
recording frequency, per 4 hours 4 x CZK 1,000 CZK 4,000
recording frequency, per 4 hours 4 x CZK 1,000 CZK 4,000
recording frequency, per 4 hours 4 x CZK 1,000 CZK 4,000
frequency editing, per 4 hours 4 x CZK 600 CZK 2,400
frequency editing, per 4 hours 4 x CZK 600 CZK 2,400
frequency editing, per 4 hours 4 x CZK 600 CZK 2,400
frequency editing, per 4 hours 4 x CZK 600 CZK 2,400
frequency editing, per 4 hours 4 x CZK 600 CZK 2,400
mastering, per 4 hours 4 x CZK 600 CZK 2,400
total rental cost excluding 20% VAT: ...................... CZK 34,000

 

Example 3: Recording of a demo tape with piano – for HAMU students

recording per 2 hours 2 x CZK 1,000 CZK 2,000
editing and mastering per 2 hours 2 x CZK 600 CZK 1,200
discount for HAMU students -75%  
total rental cost excluding 20% VAT: ...................... CZK 952

The demo may not be released or otherwise made public.