Tuesday, January 31, 2017

The Computer Music Lab Gets an Update

The Computer Music Lab in the Arts & Communications building has a full room of iMac lab stations. The lab is an excellent resource for students to utilize recording and composition software such as Pro Tools, Adobe Audition, and Sibelius. It is also used for several classes, including Recording Techniques I and II, as well as Audio for Video.

Over the break, the lab was updated with brand new MIDI keyboard controllers at all stations, as well as Auralex acoustic paneling on the walls. These panels help to reduce unwanted "flutter echo" from the sound reflecting between the walls and improves the overall acoustics of the space.

We are looking forward to doing more upgrades over the course of the next year, but the changes have already provided an excellent acoustic and visual upgrade.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Students Present Recording Projects to Music Students

During a Fall Semester convocation, several students from the Practicum II class presented their recording projects to all of the students in the Music program. Adam Robinson and Dylan Finley did a fantastic job explaining the process by which they captured and mixed the audio in order to create a professional final product. This served as a great opportunity for students to better understand what is behind the recording process, and how the use of signal processing tools can change the final outcome of the mix.

Adam Robinson presents his recording project to music students

Another Practicum II student, Matt "Mackie" Mikunda, was a performer on the song that was presented by Adam Robinson. Matt has also just released a full-length album that includes songs that were discussed in class over the course of the semester. One of the tracks from the album is posted below: