The Music Department has installed a state-of-the-art computer lab which contains 14 student workstations and one instructor workstation. All workstations include an iMAC 21.5” computer, two active studio monitors, Audio and MIDI interfaces, analog and digital hardware synthesizers, a hybrid MIDI controller, an 8-channel mixer, a microphone, and a full size velocity-sensitive digital keyboard.
Each computer is equipped with a vast array of professional music software: These cover the areas of MIDI/digital audio sequencing, sound recording, sound editing and post-production, sound synthesis, algorithmic composition, music notation, instructional software for music education and music theory and software for video and multimedia.
The workstations are further designed to function as an ensemble of digital “instruments,” given their extensive capability to generate, process, and playback high quality sound. Furthermore, the lab is equipped with the technical means to pipe, in real-time, the sounds and the musical performances created by this 15-computer digital orchestra, sending it via a Dante audio network, to a unique 51.1 surround sound system located within the Ciminelli Music Hall, two floors above.
Moreover, the lab includes a scanner, printer, and ceiling-mounted digital projector, as well as a projector screen and whiteboards. The windows are coated with a sun-protection film to protect the equipment and increase monitor/projection visibility. This space is air conditioned with an independent wall-mounted unit, though heated with the general zone on the first floor. The computer lab is equipped with a room security system featuring a personalized access code provided for each faculty member. Music students have access to the lab.