College of Fine Arts and Communication

Department of Music


Creative Technology Lab

Creative Technology Lab

The Creative Technology Lab is made up of dozens of devices integrated into a single-user facility. Conceptually, these devices can be grouped into seven categories: microphones, sound generators, signal processors, computers and peripherals, mixing, routing, and control devices, recording decks, and monitoring equipment.

The two central MacPro computers are the core of the studio creating a diital audio workstation running a suite of creative software and virtual musical instruments. Both computers are connected to two Apple digital video monitors and to the 42" Plasma display. All three displays can be used simultaneously.

To assist in the throughput and processing of audio signals, the main MacPro 8-core computer is equipped with a Digidesign Protools HD TDM system connected to a Digidesign 192 i/o and a Digidesign legacy 888 i/o providing professional quality audio input and output using both analog audio signals and digital audio data. The 192 and 888|24 i/o devices allow for sixteen-channel analog audio input and output to/from the Protools system and sixteen-channel digital audio transfer using the ASE/EBU digital audio protocol. Together these devices also allow for four channels of digital audio i/o using the S/PDIF digital audio protocol and 8 channels of digital optical i.o using the ADAT lightpipe protocol. This computer also serves as the main video editing station in the Creative Technology Lab using Apple's Final Cut Pro suite.

There are several sets of storage devices connected to the computers. These devices belong to one of two "chains" using Firewire (400 and 800) and USB connections and cables. The main work drives are three Firewire HDD units and a Glyph chassis for compatibility with other Department of music recording venues.

The second MacPro computer, with its peripherals, forms the auxiliary computer for the Creative Technology Lab. This computer is capable of handling the demands of digital video and music software and is connected to a MOTU 2408 i/o for audio input and output.

Files can be transferred between the computers using multiple data and audio networks in the Creative Technology Lab.

To support interactive computer music projects, on-stage performances of computer music, other computer needs outside the Creative Technology Lab, there is a MacBook Pro laptop computer. This laptop runs copies of many of the programs in the Creative Technology Lab including Max/MSP/Jitter and others for live performance applications of interactive computer music and video. There are several ineractive control devices including MIDI controllers, a Lemur programmable interface, and a kit of sensors for wired and wireless sensor controller units for use with interactive applcations.

In order to use multi-channel audio i/o with the MacBook Pro it is equipped with an RME Fireface 800 multichannel i/o. This supports eight channels of analog i/o and 8 channels of ADAT optical digital audio as well as Tascam digital i/o and stereo sp/dif i/o.

The Creative Technology Lab is equipped with a ten-channel Genelec monitoring system as well as the standard stereo monitor set for AB comparison of mixes. The ten channels can be setup as a standard LCR, 5.0, and 5.1 surround environments, an 8-channel matched surround ring array, or as any combination of ten speakers around the space.

The core software in the CTL currently includes:

  • Ableton Live
  • Apple Final Cut Pro Studio
  • Apple Logic
  • Arturius MOOG Mod V plugin synthesizer
  • Avid Protools HD 9 TDM with Waves Gold, Waves IR-Surround, Waves mastering, Audio Ease Altiverb XL plugIns
  • Csound
  • Finale
  • iZotope RX Advanced
  • Max/MSP/Jitter
  • MOTU Digital Performer
  • MOTU Mach V 2 plugin sampler
  • Native Instruments FM8 plugin synthesizer
  • pd
  • ProjectSAM Symphobia library
  • Reason
  • Supercollider
  • Vienna Symphonic Library Ensemble Pro

Department of Music
Center for the Arts, Room # 3095 (map)
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Phone: 410-704-2839
Fax: 410-704-2841



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