YC Hertfordshire XC Music and Media Studio, Hemel Hempstead

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Located in the spectacular XC Centre at Jarman Park, the YC Hertfordshire XC Music and Media Studio offers a creative outlet to the young people of Dacorum. With a state-of-the-art recording studio, film-making and editing equipment, there's something for everyone to get involved with. YC Hertfordshire is the new name for Youth Connexions.

The studios

The XC music studio is fully soundporoofed and made up of three separate rooms: a large control room centred around the industry standard Digidesign C|24 mixing desk and Pro Tools HD and a choice of either Genelec or PMC monitoring speakers. This gives up to 16 simultaneous channels of audio input from the two acoustically-treated live rooms.

The studio comes kitted out with a full complement of high-quality microphones from AKG, Shure, Audix and RODE, as well as the studio staples such as DI boxes and ReAmpers for all creative possibilities. We also have Randall tube amps, Ashdown Bass amps and a selection of electric and acoustic guitars, bass guitars (4 and 5 string), acoustic and electric drum kit, MIDI keyboard, practise keyboard, Djembe drums, a Ukluele and a mini synth keyboard to help get that perfect sound for your tracks.

If film or photography is more your thing there is also a fully-loaded media suite featuring nine iMacs with video-editing software, Adobe Creative Suite and Final Cut Pro. We also have three Fujifilm Finepix S and six Mino HD Flip Video cameras to capture those perfect shots.

The projects

We are currently running the following projects...
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  • Mondays 6.30-8.30pm: Bridges 2 Beats Black and ethnic minority young people and asylum seekers

  • Tuesdays 6.30-8.30pm: Into the Frame Media and photography project

  • Wednesdays: Creative Spark Music and media project for young people with learning disabilities.
    6.30-9.30pm for ages 13-17
    7.30-9.30 for ages 18-24

  • Saturdays 12-2.30pmXC Factor Record your own music (must be booked) or learn how to become a recording engineer/producer.

Rehearsing and recording

Band rehearsals
FREE rehearsal space is available to young bands or artists during our normal project times. Equipment can be provided but please ask in advance. All rehearsals MUST BE BOOKED IN ADVANCE. Please email the studio.

Studio recording time
FREE studio time is available to bands or artists aged 13–17. Slots are available as part of youth projects on:

  • Saturdays 12–2.30pm
  • Tuesdays 6.30–8.30pm (during Into the Frame)

All recording time MUST BE BOOKED IN ADVANCE. Please email the studio.

The XC Music and Media Studio is fully wheelchair accessible.


Venue: XC Music and Media Studio, XC Centre, Jarman Park, Hemel Hempstead HP2 4JS

Age Range: 13-17, up to 24 if you have a learning disability

Cost: Free

Timing and Repeats:
Please see above for timings.

Booking Info: Booking always needed

Contact: Sarah Campbell, tel:01442 454717

Organisation: YC Hertfordshire (previously known as Youth Connexions), tel: 01442 454060, email: xcmusicstudio@hertfordshire.gov.uk, website: click here...

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