Technical Visit to the BBC Maida Vale Studios, London

Date: 21 Apr 2015
Time: 18:00

Location: Maida Vale Studios
120-129 Delaware Road, W9 2LG

Technical Visit to the BBC Maida Vale Studios, London

21st of April, meet at the reception at 18:00 for 18:30 start

NOTE: This event is sold out and its waiting list is also already full. We are doing our best to arrange more places for this visit, but at present this seems unlikely to happen.

This visit is for AES members only.

Maida Vale Studios is a complex of seven BBC studios (of which five are in regular use) on Delaware Road, Maida Vale, London.

It has been used to record thousands of classical music, popular music and drama sessions for BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 6 Music from 1946 to the present. On 30 October 2009, BBC Radio 1 celebrated 75 Years of Maida Vale by exclusively playing 75 tracks recorded at the studios over the years.

  • Studio MV1 is one of the largest recording spaces available in the UK. Equipped with a Studer D950 digital desk, MV1 is currently home to the BBC Symphony Orchestra. It was also used by the BBC Radio Orchestra on some of its larger sessions until the early 1990s.
  • Studio MV2 had its technical installation decommissioned some years ago. It currently provides rehearsal space for the BBC Singers and the BBC Symphony Chorus.
  • Studio MV3 is another large studio (equal in size to MV2). With a SSL 9000J series analogue desk installed, MV3 is used for a large number of BBC Radio 2 programmes and some BBC Radio 1 session recordings and live audience shows. Bing Crosby made his last recording session in this studio in 1977 – 3 days before he died of a heart attack on a golf course in Spain.
  • Studio MV4 is a smaller studio with vocal booth and balcony. Utilising a SSL 9000J series analogue desk, MV4 was home to the Peel sessions and has continued to be used to record the BBC Radio 1 sessions for shows that have replaced John Peel’s.
  • Studio MV5 is now one of two spaces used for the Live Lounge and plays host to a large number of current pop acts.
  • Studio MV6 is a drama studio still in regular use to produce programmes for BBC Radio 4.
  • Studio MV7 was a drama studio but is now decommissioned and used for tape storage

Industrial Electroacoustic Transducer Design

Date: 12 May 2015
Time: 18:30


Lecture by Kelvin Griffiths (Director, Electroacoustic Design)

Venue TBA.

Electroacoustic transducers are found in applications as varied as mobile phones, laptops, cars, fire alarm systems, and headphones with each presenting individual design targets and challenges.  In some situations, heightened levels of performance are expected of loudspeakers that may have hitherto served an application adequately, a response to new markets and extended functionalities of the host device.  This includes a growing class of problem of integrating loudspeaker hardware into environments not primarily designed for high quality sound reproduction and the balance of performance and cost being an ever-present factor.

Traditional electroacoustic design approaches using lumped elements are only partly useful in predicting acoustic performance and a more accurate and effective process is required to provide a fuller insight into system concepts earlier in the design process.  The lecture will illustrate electroacoustic transducers in diverse scenarios and discuss modern design methodologies that provide valuable information on both the transducer behaviour and the acoustic problems posed through system integration.