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24-Track Recording | Hybrid Computer Music | Electronic Music
Dubbing and Editing | Technical and Project Development
Studio V | Musicianship | Concert Hall

All of our studios, with the exception of Studio V, interface via tie-lines. 

24-Track Recording Studio
The Recording Studio features a Studer A-80 24-track two-inch tape recorder, a 24-channel Dolby SR system, and a 24x16x2 mixing console. Full MIDI and SMPTE synchronization is available through the Adams-Smith Zeta-Three B Synchronizer/Controller. Also available are various digital effects processors and stereo mastering to both analog and digital formats. Pro Tools tie-lines interface the recording studio and ProTools system in the Hybrid studio. A large assortment of high quality microphones is available to those working in this studio.

Hybrid Computer Music Studio (H)
The Hybrid Computer Music Studio includes several systems for synthesis, composition, video editing, and performance. Digital recording, editing, mixing and mastering is available on two Intel Mac Pro workstations. One system is equipped with ProTools LE and a Digidesign 002 Rack interface and Waves Gold Bundle plug-ins. The other system is optimized for video editing, with a Sony DSR30 Digital Video deck and an NTSC video monitor, with Final Cut Pro and DVD Studio Pro software.

The signal processing software also includes Max/MSP/Jitter, and SuperCollider.

Two other workstations are Mac G4s, with MOTU firewire audio interfaces.

Synthesizers include a Kurzweil K2000 sampler/keyboard, Oberheim Xpander MIDI-controlled analog synthesizer, a Yamaha FM sound module, and an ARP 2600 analog synthesizer.

Electronic Music Studio (M)
The Electronic Music Studio houses early voltage-controlled analog synthesizers, including a Moog IIIP and a Buchla 100. A Macintosh computer with Max/MSP and digital editing capability can also be used in conjunction with a MIDI-controllable synthesizer (Kawai K4r rack module), a MIDI sampler (Roland S-760), and a Quadraverb delay unit. This studio also has an ADAT 8-track digital recorder, CD recorder, DAT
machine, and cassette deck.

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Dubbing and Editing Studio (D)
The Dubbing and Editing Studio is used for introductory multi-track and editing projects, and can transfer recordings between various standard 2-track formats. The studio includes a turntable, a CD recorder, cassette recorder, a DAT machine, 1/4" 2-track recorders, a 1/2" 4-track recorder, an Otari 1" 8-track recorder, and an ADAT 8-track digital recorder. A large array of high quality microphones is available for those working in this studio.

Technical and Project Development Lab
This lab is a workshop for designing and wiring electronic instruments and devices. The room includes test equipment, data books, a drill press, and an abundance of electronics parts and tools.

Studio V
Studio V is a private studio for audio mixing and editing using ProTools on an Intel Mac Pro workstation equipped with ProTools LE and a Digidesign 002 Rack interface and Waves Gold Bundle plug-ins. Other hardware includes a DAT deck, a Mackie mixer, and Tannoy monitors.

Musicianship Lab
The Musicianship Lab is used for music notation and education. It houses a Macintosh G4, large format printer, MIDI keyboard, and piano. Software includes Finale and Sibelius.

Jeannik Méquet Littlefield Concert Hall
Littlefield Concert Hall is equipped with its own complete sound system, which includes six Meyer speakers (4 two-ways and 2 subwoofers), a Ramsa WR-S4416 16x4x2 mixer, a Tascam DA-30 DAT recorder, microphones, microphone and line snakes, and miscellaneous concert equipment.

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Center for Contemporary Music (CCM)

Mills College
5000 MacArthur Blvd

P: 510.430.2191

Last Updated: 2/12/10