Recording equipment is available to students through BookIt, the online booking system.

In addition to the fixed studio facilities, a wide selection of audio equipment is freely available to studio users via our online booking system, including but not limited to:


  • Neumann KM series 120,130, 140, 183 & 184. Also TLM103’s
  • AKG 414’s various models of...
  • Sennheiser MD 421
  • ElectroVoice RE-20
  • DPA 4060’s & 4061s
  • Rhodes NT4 and NT1000
  • A selection of contact, radio, lavalier, and boundary-field microphones

Field recording equipment:

  • Rycote Windshields
  • Sound Devices portable field recorders
  • Parabolic reflectors
  • Zoom H4N & H6’s
  • Audio Sound Cards
  • RME Fireface UC’s
  • MOTU 896 / 8pre
  • Metric Halo 2882
  • Studio Monitors
  • Genelec 8040’s
  • Genelec 1030A’s
  • Genelec 1029A’s
  • P.A.
  • Meyer Sound Laboratories 5.2 Concert / Multi-channel P.A.
  • x5 UPA-1P ‘tops’
  • x2 USW-1P ‘subs’
  • Mixing Consoles
  • Midas ‘Venice F24’’
  • Mackie 16-4-2
  • Mackie compact 1202
  • MIDI controllers
  • Korg Nanokontrols
  • Midi USB foot switches
  • Space Navigators
  • WACOM tablets
  • Digital Cameras
  • DSLR cameras
  • HD ‘Handy’ cameras
  • Projectors
  • XBOX Kinnects

Cables and power distribution are also available on loan in order to facilitate exhibitions, installations, and concerts which take place throughout the year in the various University of Edinburgh buildings we have access to. For special projects, studio users can be provided with access to the central University facilities, for example, the high performance computing resources of the Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre.

All studio and lab computers are remotely managed. There is wireless access within the studio complex, both throughout Alison House and university-wide. Studio users also have access to the Reid School of Music’s servers; these provide student file storage and a web service, amongst other things.

Studio and equipment assistance

Having someone to guide studio users is a valuable support mechanism for students. For that reason, a Technical Support Team is on hand to help you with any studio or equipment queries.

Equipment Loan Policy

On occasion, Reid School of Music loans some of its equipment out (usually to non-profit organisations).