BIMM Institute Birmingham facilities
Opened in 2017 by none other than Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi, BIMM Institute Birmingham is located in a city whose musical heritage is second to none.
Our purpose-built facility houses a truly state-of-the-art recording studio with specialist and industry-leading equipment so that you can take your first steps into the world of music. You’ll have access to professional equipment and the ability to record your session in a high-quality space to rival those used by industry professionals themselves.
Hone your craft and find your feet as a musical act with the facilities and equipment throughout our Birmingham college. Take a look at what awaits you when you get here.
At BIMM Institute Birmingham, we harness Birmingham’s undeniable musical heritage, combine it with the very best modern technology and equipment and create one of the most exciting places in Europe to study music.
You’ll find our college in the new Floodgate Street building. Here, you will be surrounded by state-of-the-art facilities such as fully loaded Mac suites, multiple performance rooms with industry-standard equipment, fully equipped mix suites and our state-of-the-art recording studio.
If you’re interested in Music Production, Songwriting or one of our Performance subjects, you’ll have the chance to apply your skills in a professional-level recording environment.
In 2018 we expanded our already impressive range of facilities with a multi-million pound, fully bespoke professional-level recording studio. This new facility was designed from the ground up using the in-depth expertise of college Principal Antony Greaves, our BIMM lecturers, The Studio People and Audient.
Our studio facilities
You’ll be able to record in a professional space that features superior treatments such as ‘Live end – Dead end’ arrangement, adjustable acoustics, bass traps, absorption panels and reclaimed wood Schroeder diffusers, the sum of which turns the studio’s live room into a versatile, high-quality environment for professional-level sound capture. You’ll achieve the exact character of sound that you want in your production.
The dedicated studio control room also features an array of analogue and digital equipment, such as an Audient ASP8024 analogue mixing desk, Pro Tools HDX Ultimate recording system, and numerous analogue and digital outboard processors and effects – exactly as you would find in a professional recording studio. It also has a Genelec 5.1 surround sound set up and an array of high grade monitors, including ADAM Audio S2V.
The studio Apple Mac Pro is also equipped with all the industry-standard software packages such as Logic Pro, Ableton Live, Native Instruments, Melodyne and hundreds of third-party plugins.
In addition to our recording studio, we also have two professional-grade Mix Suites where you can work on your mixes and recordings. Designed by The Studio People, Mix Suite A features Focal and Genelec monitors, 500 series modules from Neve, SSL, Trident and DBX. Mix Suite B features 5.1 Genelec surround sound system. In addition to this, all music production rooms can be connected via Dante to live rooms or multipurpose rooms to act as breakout recording spaces – giving you the ability to capture the inspiration when it strikes.
As well as our recording studio, your state-of-the-art facilities at BIMM Institute, Birmingham will include several multipurpose rooms, rehearsal rooms and tutorial rooms, once again all designed by The Studio People. Take a closer look at our fully-loaded Mac suites, multiple performance rooms with industry-standard equipment, a drum room, a student common room and so much more.
Our three live performance rooms are perfect for aspiring performers. The largest room seats 100 people making it perfect for honing the craft of performing in front of a large crowd while in the supportive environment of the college.
This room is also used for most of our Masterclasses. In fact, you’ll see that each of our guests has signed our wall of fame!
The second live performance room seats 50 and has been designed to be more akin to a cosy venue, with adaptable lighting, excellent acoustic treatment and a professional sound system to inspire both you and your audience.
Our third performance room seats 30 in a much more intimate space, and all of our performance rooms feature professional Martin Audio PA systems.
We have four Mac suites that each offer 20 Apple Mac computers with all the industry-standard software installed, such as Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Ableton Live, Native Instruments, Melodyne and hundreds of further third-party plugins and software instruments, In addition to the iMacs, we have Audient and SSL audio interfaces, controller keyboards and Ableton Push controllers so you can translate your performance into the software world. Mac Suite B has 7.1 surround sound using Genelec audio monitors and Mac Suite D has 7.1.4 Atmos Surround Sound, giving you world class immersive playback of the most detailed mixes.
Music Business Spaces
For those of you on our Music Business, Event Management and MMMC courses, our two business spaces (named after music industry icons Abbey Road and Motown) are equipped with Apple Macs, a green screen and all of the creative software you’ll need to work on your projects in a purpose-built office environment.
Drum & Bass Room
As a drummer, you’ll be able to find sanctuary in our acoustically treated room that’s home to two acoustic drum kits and 16 Roland TD-25KV electronic kits.
Student common room
This space is reserved purely for student use and is the perfect place to relax, socialise or grab a snack.
From time to time, we’ll host Masterclasses here, which gives you the perfect opportunity to rub shoulders with industry legends.