The Center for Music and Technology


Overview

The Center for Music Technology (CMT) is a 3-room studio in the Swope Music Building with professional-grade audio production resources. Students use the CMT for original electronic composition and for projects that require recording, editing, mixing, and/or mastering of digital audio.

Access

Students are given swipe access to the CMT if they (a) are majors in the Music Composition program, or (b) are currently enrolled in a pertinent course in the Department of Music Theory, History and Composition (i.e. Scoring for Film and Media, Studio Production, Computer Music, or Popular Music Songwriting). Swipe access is removed at the end of each semester and, if applicable, reinstated at the beginning of the following one.

Equipment

The CMT is home to a variety of professional-grade hardware and software.

Hardware
  • 5 Apple Mac Pro desktop computers
  • Over 40 dynamic, condenser, and ribbon microphones from manufacturers including Neumann, Schoeps, Royer, Shure, AKG, Audio-Technica, and Røde
  • Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 interface
  • 2 MOTU Travelers, 2 MOTU 828s, and several smaller interfaces
  • Focusrite ISA Two and Solid State Logic Alpha VHD preamps
  • Behringer x32 Digital Mixer and several 4–16 channel Mackie mixers
  • Focal Twin, Genelec, and KRK monitors
  • Handheld Zoom digital recorders
  • Eurorack modular synthesizer with modules from Doepfer, Roland, Pittsburgh Modular, Make Noise, Mutable Instruments, Snyderphonics, and Studio Electronics
  • Nord Electro 4D Keyboard, and Edirol, Korg, and M-Audio MIDI keyboards
  • Fender Hotrod Deluxe 112 guitar amplifier, Ampeg BA-115 bass amplifier, and Roland KC-200 keyboard amp
  • Line 6, Akai, Roland, Snyderphonics, Yamaha, Mallet Kat, and Korg controllers
  • Headphones, cables, and other accessories
Software available on all desktops
  • Logic Pro X
  • Max/MSP 8
  • Native Instruments Komplete
  • Wave Diamond Bundle
  • Celemony Melodyne
  • Altiverb 7
  • Izotope RX 6 Audio Editor
  • Finale and Sibelius notation software
Additional sample libraries available on the Studio B desktop
  • CineSamples CinePerc, CineBrass Core, and CineWinds CORE
  • Spitfire Chamber Strings
  • East/West Hollywood Orchestra
  • Sony Pictures Sound Effects Library
  • Spectrasonics Omnisphere 2

Studio B: the main recording and mixing station.
Studio B: the main recording and mixing station

Checkout and other Policies

The most expensive and/or essential equipment will not be loaned out, but most equipment is available for students with CMT access to use for short periods of time with permission of the Faculty Director or Staff Director. No equipment—including microphones, digital recorders, interfaces, or accessories—can leave the CMT without permission.

In coordination with the CMT, several items are able to be checked out by any student (regardless of CMT swipe access) from the Presser Music Library on the first floor of Swope:

  • Recording Kits that each contain:
    • 1 Shure SM57 microphone
    • 1 Shure SM-Beta58A microphone
    • 2 XLR cables
    • Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 audio interface
    • 1 set of headphones
    • 1 usb cord
  • Røde NT4 stereo microphone with clip, windscreen, and stereo to dual mono XLR Y cable.
  • Zoom H4N handheld field recorders, including 2 AA batteries and 16GB SD card
  • microphone stands
  • pop filters
  • Focusrite Scarlet 2i2 audio interface (separate from the ones in the recording kits)
  • 1 large keyboard (with usb cord)
  • several small keyboards (with usb cords)
  • 11 Macbook Pro Laptops with Logic, Max/MSP, and other production/processing software

Additional policies regarding cleanliness, hard drive usage, etc., are posted in the CMT.

Studio A: an additional station for mixing and general work.
Studio A: an additional station for mixing and general work

 

Related programs and courses

The CMT is a significant resource for students involved in the following academic programs:

It also serves the needs of students in the following courses :

  • MTC 171 – Popular Music Songwriting

    MTC 171. Popular Music Songwriting. 3 Credits.

    Analysis and composition of recent popular music.
    Pre / Co requisites: MTC 171 requires a prerequisite of MTC 110 or MTC 112.
    Typically offered in Fall & Spring.

  • MTC 271 – Scoring for Film and Media
    MTC 271. Scoring for Film and Media. 3 Credits.

    Techniques used in composing, orchestrating, mixing, and recording music for the film, video and television industry. Use of sequencing software and sample libraries to write production-quality cues synchronized to film and video clips.
    Pre / Co requisites: MTC 271 requires a prerequisite of MTC 110 or MTC 112.
    Typically offered in Fall & Spring.

  • MTC 272 – Studio Production

    MTC 272. Studio Production. 3 Credits.

    This class focuses on the techniques of music production in a studio setting. Students learn the basics of recording, editing, mixing, and mastering in a digital audio workstation.
    Pre / Co requisites: MTC 272 requires a prerequisite of MTC 110 or MTC 112.
    Typically offered in Fall.

  • MTC 273 – Computer Music

    MTC 273. Computer Music. 3 Credits.

    Materials and techniques of electronic music and their use in composition. Laboratory experience in the composition of electronic music.
    Pre / Co requisites: MTC 273 requires a prerequisite of MTC 110 or MTC 112.
    Typically offered in Spring.

Common AreaThe common area in the CMT, used for teaching, student meetings, and general work on desktop stations.

contact

Questions about the CMT should be directed to Faculty Director Jacob Cooper (jcooper@wcupa.edu) or Staff Director Quinn Collins (qcollins@wcupa.edu).

Faculty Director Jacob Cooper
Faculty Director Jacob Cooper

Staff Director Quinn Collins
Staff Director Quinn Collins

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