Facilities at Musicians Institute

Located in the center of Hollywood, California, Musicians Institute’s unique campus has a main building of 60,000 square feet that contains world class recording and performing facilities along with classrooms, practice rooms and library. Nearby facilities house MI’s administrative offices, additional classrooms, practice rooms, studios and performance rooms. The main building is open to students 24 hours a day, seven days a week, except on specific holidays.

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Main Building:
1655 N. McCadden Place, Hollywood, California; one block south of Hollywood Boulevard and one block east of Highland Avenue.


Hollywood Passage:
6752 Hollywood Boulevard, ½ block east of Highland Avenue.


McCadden Annex:
1621 N. McCadden Place, opposite main building entrance.


Highland Annex:
1622 N. Highland Avenue, at the corner of Hawthorn Avenue


Music Business Program:
1518 N. Highland Avenue, ½ block north of Sunset Boulevard


Guitar Craft Academy:
7070 Santa Monica Boulevard, at Santa Monica Boulevard and N. La Brea Avenue


General Information:
MI’s main entrance is located between Hawthorne Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard, opposite the Hollywood Passage. Parking is available nearby at a daily or monthly rate. Hourly metered and street parking is also available. Busses and the Metro Red Line subway stop nearby. MI provides you with an evening shuttle service to nearby apartments. The Main Building is equipped with elevator, lifts and other facilities and equipment to serve students with special physical needs.

With a capacity of 500 in fixed theater seating and a stage area of 900 square feet, P-100 is MI’s primary venue for concerts and seminars by visiting guests, as well as for student performances and workshops. The Concert Hall features a Digidesign Venue mixing board and is equipped for professional video and audio recording.

Musicians Institute is proud to feature a variety of guitar and bass amplifies, including Fender, Line-6, Ignator, PRS and Angle as well as Carvin and QSC P.A. systems, and Audix microphones in all of its live performance facilities.


Live Performance Rooms (101/201/301/302/145/150/155/160):
MI has nine performance rooms all of which are fully equipped for Live Performance Workshops with stage, lighting, professional PA system, amplifiers, keyboard, and drum set.

MI’s extensive recording facilities serve as the main teaching complex for the Audio Engineering and Independent Artist programs, as well as studios for student projects.

Studio A:
Studio A features a large tracking room for full live band recording, an SSL Duality SE 24-channel hybrid analog/digital console and Pro Tools HD 3 24 I/O digital audio system with 192 interface.


Studio B:
Audio Engineering students learn digital recording and 5.1 surround mixing techniques on a Pro Tools HD system with 192 interfaces and surround monitoring. The studio also houses MI’s Foley pits and ADR monitoring system.


Studio C:
You track, mix and learn automation on the class API 1608 32-channel analog console and Pro Tools HD 3, 24 I/O, 96 interfaces and Otari MTR 90 2” analog reel-to-reel recorder.


Studio D:
Features a custom-made “Mini-SSL” 4000 G+ Series 8-channel analog console and Pro Tools Digi002 digital audio system for compact high-end tracking and mixing.


Studio E:
This world-class THX Certified dubbing stage is equipped with a 48-channel Digidesign ICON D-Control console and Pro Tools HD 3 recording system.


Live Sound Room (190):
MI’s state-of-the-art performance room features two independent digital consoles including an Avid SM48, a Yamaha M7, and stereo active QSC Line Array system. Used for hands-on instruction in the live sound program, all components are Pro-Tools and multi-track ready. The stage is equipped with a full back-line and features five independent QSC K12 monitors. The stage also includes conventional and intelligent lighting, controlled by an AVO system controller.


Music Production Lab (MPL-Room 102):
This lab facility for Audio Engineering recording, and teaching feature twelve Mac workstations, each equipped with Digi002R Pro Tools digital audio, Logic, Waves Gold Bundle, Reason, Line 6 Bass and Guitar Pod Pro amp modelers, KORG Triton Keyboard, and Akai MPC 1000 sampler.


HD Lab (Room 103):
This Audio Engineering lab contains six Mac workstations loaded with Pro Tools HD software and plugins plus a C24 Control Surface.


Digital Audio Lab (CS202):
Audio Engineering students learn digital recording techniques utilizing any of the twelve Mac workstations with Pro Tools Mbox A/D interfaces, Logic, Reason, Waves Gold Bundle and a variety of other recording and mixing tools.


Recording Techniques Lab (Room 281):
This Audio Engineering lab contains twelve Mac workstations loaded with Pro Tools, Logic, and Reason software, Line 6 Bass and Guitar Pod Pro amp modelers and MBox 2 interfaces.

The main tracking studio features a Mac G5 running Cubase SX3 audio software with a full complement of plugins, outboard gear and microphones to handle both direct and live recording, including full live drum set.

General Purpose Classrooms:
MI has thirteen general purpose classrooms, three of which include customized padded tables for drum sessions and 900 square foot rehearsal space complete with a dance floor and full-length mirror for practicing stage technique.


Class/Rehearsal Facilities:
MI’s instrument and vocal programs are housed in dual-use facilities that function as classrooms during the day and student rehearsal rooms during evenings and weekends. Most are equipped with Fender guitar, bass and keyboard amps, drum kits, Carvin PA, audio playback systems and dry erase boards. In addition to eight general-use classrooms on the third floor, one on the second floor, and three in the Highland Annex, certain rooms are customized to fit the needs of specific programs.


Guitar, Bass and keyboards Facilities include:
Forty-five general-purpose counseling/practice labs. Labs are equipped with various combinations of Fender guitar, bass, and keyboard amplifiers and equipment to serve the various programs. All counseling labs are used for private or open counseling instruction during daytime hours and are available for evening and weekend student practice.


Bass Guitar Keyboard Drum & Vocal Studios:
Each of these dedicated instrument- specific studios is designed for training you in the art and technique of studio performance. Each studio is equipped with a Mac G5, Pro Tools and/or Logic Audio and related hardware, software and outboard gear.


Keyboard Workstations:
As a KIT student you have access to three different rooms equipped with a total of more than twenty Mac G5/Logic Audio-equipped digital audio workstations for instruction and project development.


Keyboard Classrooms 245 & 260:
The Keyboard Program’s teaching/practice facilities include the main classroom (CL 245) and 25 keyboard stations and a second classroom (CL 260) containing nine keyboard/piano stations. Both rooms are available for keyboard practice when classes are not scheduled.


Vocal Classroom 240:
In additions to amps, keyboards, PA and drum kit, this 35- student-capacity classroom features stage lighting and 7’x20’ mirror for practicing stage technique.


The fifteen vocal labs are each equipped with a 27” Mac Workstation providing access to thousands of performance-ready backing tracks, a singing machine, keyboard and mirror.


Nine Drum Program counseling labs, each containing two complete drum kits, are used for private and group counseling during the day and for individual practice in the evening. Fifty private drum labs are dedicated to drum students. For each assigned student, these labs contain one drum set each (you supply your own pedals, cymbals, and clutch) and a private locker. You are assigned to a shared lab for the duration of your program.


Drum Classrooms 370, 375 & 380:
These Drum program class/rehearsal rooms are equipped with customized padded tables for group drum exercises.

MI’s library provides computer, copy machine, audio, video, printing and equipment resources in support of MI’s education programs. An extensive video library of past MI visiting artist concerts and seminars, as well as other instructional and concert videos, is available for viewing. You can access a wide variety of music and other resources through 85 Mac terminals connected to MI’s main library server. Electric guitars and basses are available for student checkout. You also have access to TASCAM guitar and bass CD trainers.

Music Business Library (Music Business Building):
The Music Business Library includes 30 Mac-Workstations and a copy of machine for your use.

Located just off the main lobby, Player’s Supply offers a wide range of accessories (strings, picks, drumsticks, staff paper, gig bags, tuners etc.), instructional books, CDs and videos, and MI-logo apparel all at a discounted prices.

(Main Building, First Floor) The Student Lounge Area houses vending machines for soft drinks, light snacks and coffee, a water filtration system, microwave and television for your use in between classes.

The Hollywood Passage connects the main MI complex to Hollywood Boulevard. The Passage houses all student-facing departments, including the Registrar, Student Affairs, Student Billing, Financial Aid, Admissions, Education and Artist & Career Services. It also includes the Passage audio lab, which houses 30 Mac-workstations and midi controllers.

All facilities at Musicians Institute are ADA compliant, with hydraulic lifts, elevators, ramps available at all stages and stairwells, accommodating restrooms and drinking fountains for students of all needs.

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