Manchester Metropolitan University

Studio Spaces

Dedicated studio spaces

We have dedicated studios for performance which include four theatre spaces, two dance spaces and a complex of music spaces and music recording studios. There are also specialist digital facilities including a media suite.

Find out more about these facilities

Axis Dance Studio

Axis Dance is a large dance performance space equipped with 96 channel lighting rig, control board, LCD projector, rehearsal PA system plus a permanently installed 4K concert PA. Audience seating capacity of 130. A/V. Exclusively available to dance students and staff.

Axis Music Studio

Axis Music is a live music performance space equipped with 48 channel lighting rig, control board, 32 channel mixing desk, drum kit, guitar amps, grand piano and LCD projector. Linked to recording studio via 32 channel stage box to enable live recordings. A/V. Audience seating capacity of 60. After you've had an induction, you'll be able to book this live music performance space.

Axis Studio

Axis studio is a multi-disciplinary performance space equipped with 96 channel lighting rig, control board, PA system and LCD projector. Audience seating capacity of 96. Audio/visual (A/V). After you've had an induction, you'll be able to book this performance space.

Axis Theatre

Axis theatre is a large multi-disciplinary performance space equipped with 96 channel lighting rig, control board, PA system and LCD projector. Audience seating capacity of 150. A/V. After you've had an induction, you'll be able to book this theatre.

Box Office & Technical Services Desk

Axis Box Office
Bookings for performances taking place at the Axis Art Centre can be made at the Axis Box Office. The office is open from 9am-4pm most days, and from 6.30pm on the day of performance, visit the Axis Arts website for further details.

Contemporary Arts Technical Services Desk
The Contemporary Arts Technical Services Desk is home to our technicians, who are on hand to provide professional technical support. We also have a wide range of Contemporary Arts equipment to support theatre, dance, drama, music and creative writing which is available for hire, visit the Technical services website for further information.

Dance Studio

A large dance studio used for rehearsals with a fully sprung floor with music playback facilities. One mirrored wall. Exclusively available to dance students and staff.

Studio 45

Studio 45 is a multi-disciplinary black box rehearsal/performance space equipped with a 48 channel lighting rig, control board, PA system, LCD projector and audio/visual (A/V). After you've had an induction, you'll be able to book this performance space.

Studio 50

Studio 50 is a multi-disciplinary black box rehearsal/performance space equipped with a 48 channel lighting rig, control board, PA system, LCD projector and audio/visual (A/V). After you've had an induction, you'll be able to book this performance space.

Music SSL Recording Studio

The Music SSL Recording Studio houses our brand new industry standard Solid State Logic AWS Series mixing console.

Open Exhibition Space

Large gallery space used for exhibiting new and exciting works by students, staff and visiting artists. The space is in the centre of the Cheshire Contemporary Arts building, equipped with video projectors onto large projection walls soon to be joined by multiple plasma screens, as well as further space for installation and exhibition.

Post Production Suite

The Post Production Suite is configured in a 5.1 speaker set up which can be expanded to 8.2 for experimentation and sonic arts. It is built around an Apple Mac Pro running Pro Tools HD and a Digidesign C24 Control Surface. The room can be used for audio editing, sound design or voice over recording. After you've had an induction, you'll be able to book this performance space.

More Facilities

Live room 1
Acoustically treated rehearsal/recording room linked to recording studio for recording sessions. Equipped with drum kit, guitar amps and pianos/keyboards. After you've had an induction, you'll be able to book this space.

Live room 2
Acoustically treated rehearsal/recording room linked to recording studio for recording sessions. Equipped with drum kit, guitar amps and pianos/keyboards. After you've had an induction, you'll be able to book this space.

Ensembles room
A large practice room equipped with a baby grand piano, drumkit and small PA. After you've had an induction, you'll be able to book this space.

Music practice rooms (1-5)
Five small music practice rooms, each equipped with a piano. After you've had an induction, you'll be able to book this space.

Vocal booth
A dual purpose vocal booth and stereo mix-down room running Pro Tools LE and a Digidesign C24. After you've had an induction, you'll be able to book this space.

Music technology suite
The suite comprises of 25 networked iMac computers running the latest industry standard software.

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