Take a tour of the state-of the-art creative and performing arts facilities at Macquarie University's Y3A media hub. Whether you dream of becoming a recording artist, radio broadcaster or an on-stage or on-screen performer, you can bring your creative dreams to life at the Y3A Media Hub at Macquarie University.

The Futures Lab

The Futures Lab represents the most significant investment in online media production to date by an Australian university. Built specifically for Master of Future Journalism students, the Futures Lab mirrors the platforms and systems in use by major broadcasters and online media outlets internationally. It includes a green screen TV studio with remote controlled cameras, lighting and auto cue; Tricaster vision mixer with virtual sets; iNews newsroom management system; an integrated automated social media delivery system; Avid MediaCentral and Interplay media collaboration tools, with back end support from an AVID ISIS 5500 network media storage system. This allows for network integrated production workflows that reflect current professional industry practices. The Futures Lab is a central hub that is connected to all Screen, Music, Radio, and Performance production facilities.

Screen facilities

Located in the former AFTRS building, Macquarie boasts one of the largest and best equipped screen studios in Australia, with a large dedicated sound stage (20 mtrs x 18 mtrs x 8 mtrs ). This studio is equipped with 52 motorised lighting hoists supporting the latest LED lighting fixtures, including ARRI L7C Fresnels and BBS Area 48 Soft lights with full DMX control through a Pathway Cognito lighting console. The studio also features a 17 x 7 meter green screen, Rosco green floor, set storage and fabrication facilities. Macquarie is an AVID Learning partner site and so offers the full suite of Media Composer software tools, MediaCentral and ISIS network storage facilities, which support and model broadcast level production workflows. Macquarie has a range of high quality field kits for location shooting and a range of fully equipped edit suites and computer labs for post-production. Increasingly students are working in multi-platform contexts and so the facilities support delivery across a range of platforms in an increasingly integrated fashion.

Music production studios

The music production studios represent state of the art approaches to music production. With acoustic design by one of Australia's most acclaimed designers Richard Priddle the studios offer a range of contrasting acoustic spaces. Studio 1 houses a Neve Custom 75 mixing console, a ProTools HDX system and a selection of premium preamplifiers and outboard processors from API, Chandler/EMI, Avalon, Solid State Logic and Universal Audio (LA2A, 1176). Studio 1 also houses an amplifier room with a selection of classic amplifiers and a Radial guitar distribution system for recording and re-amping. As an AVID Learning Partner, Macquarie has the full suite of AVID plugins and software tools, alongside the complete suite of UAD hardware assisted plugin processors. Studio 2 offers a larger live space and contains Pro Tools HDX system and outboard preamplifiers and processors from API, JLM, and Audient. Supplementing the studios is a set of standard professional microphones from Neumann, Sennheiser, Shure, AKG, Beyer and a range of valve microphones from Beezneez.

Radio studios

Macquarie has some of the best radio facilities of any Australian university. The newly refitted studios include an On Air studio with Lawo 12 fader crystal broadcast console, an on air production control room, production booth and digital outside broadcast facility to allow for location broadcasts. Live broadcasts are made possible via a broadcast link to community radio station 2-SER FM, who also have studios in the University. This allows for close collaboration between the university and 2-SER. Radio is becoming increasingly multi-platform and so the facilities tie closely to the Futures Lab and MediaCentral platforms for integration across broadcast and online contexts.

Dance and performance studios

Performance is supported by a range of media technologies, reflecting the increasingly mediatized nature of performance in the 21st century.

The Dance & Performance studios are fitted with full black curtains and white cycloramas and feature motorised lighting hoists equipped with both traditional tungsten fixtures and state of the art LED lighting, including moving lights, all with full DMX control. Full AV facilities include high speed network connection for web access, HD video and audio playback through 5.1 surround systems . Both studios are also equipped with rigging points for aerial performance work.

The Dance Studio is 18 x 16 meters and is fitted with a 14 x 11 meters sprung dance floor and a mirrored rear wall.

The Drama and Performance Studio is 20 x 18 meters, has a specialised performance floor and tiered audience seating. The studio is also equipped with a Steinway grand piano, a live performance PA with digital sound console. The Drama and Performance studio's AV facilities include HD projection. The Drama and Performance studio also has the ability to operate as a site for multi-camera shoots in both live and non-live contexts.

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