The Peabody Computer Music Department’s facilities are located on the third floor of the Conservatory Building, on the northwest corner of campus. The space consists of a suite of rooms, with each room serving a unique purpose.
The combined computer music studios serve as a working laboratory for music composition, research and provide support for music performances that use technology. In addition, the studios serve as a center for courses, demonstrations, and public programs.
The Digital Music Research studio is a working laboratory for graduate students to engage in high level research into audio and MIDI over ethernet, music information retrieval, acoustics and psychoacoustics, peer-to-peer digital synthesis, embedded chipset design, and low-latency Linux. The studio is equipped with seven state of the art computers, all of which run commercial and open-source software packages for research into audio. Three iMac terminals run the latest version of OS X, and four Dell terminals run the latest Ubuntu Studio Linux distribution. Various types of hardware controllers line the desks and a network printer capable of printing large score sizes is available for department usage. The Digital Music Research Studio also serves as Peabody’s base of operations for the Combined Laboratory for Auditory Interdisciplinary Studies (CLAIR), under the direction of Dr. Geoffrey Wright.
Home to the department’s Yamaha Disklavier MIDI piano, the Digital Music Performance studio is a rehearsal and teaching space, specially equipped for working with live performers in conjunction with computer music. The Digital Music Performance studio has a variety of instruments for use in production or rehearsal such as an EWE wind controller, a MalletKat percussion controller, a Yamaha Digital Saxophone, a Zeta MIDI Violin and an Axon MIDI guitar. As in all of our production studios, a series of racks also contains outboard processing and synthesizer modules. The Digital Music Performance studio is equipped with a hardwood floor to mimic the feel of a concert hall and to facilitate rehearsals and concerts. The studio is completely “bring-your-own-device” enabled, allowing users to choose between using their own laptop or a studio Mac Mini provided for their conveneince to interface with both the digital audio converters and the MIDI patchbay in the room. The room is also equipped with a quality 8.1 channel sound system for mixing and production purposes.
Studio Zeta is intended for use by Computer Music graduate students and faculty. It is a fully professional environment designed for high level production and research, especially psychoacoustic research. This studio is centered around a Mac Pro and the 02R96 Yamaha Digital Mixing board. The Mac Pro is used to run commercial and noncommercial software for MIDI, software synthesis, real-time control of equipment and more. High-quality professional digital-to-analog and analog-to-digital converters for sound recording, analysis and playback are available. In addition to the hardware synthesizers, Studio Zeta is home to the department’s professional-grade sample banks, including the Vienna Symphonic Library and Native Instruments Komplete Ultimate, as well as featuring a high-quality 4.1 channel sound system.
Studio Alpha is used as the primary classroom for the department as well as a production facility for students and faculty. Featuring two vintage Moog analog synthesizers (maintained for historical and pedagogical purposes), this room offer a variety of analog synthesis opportunities. The room also features an Intel Mac Pro with a Quad-Core Xeon processor which runs a wide variety of commercial and non-commercial software for MIDI applications, software synthesis, sample editing, music notation, and more. The Soundcraft LX7II mixer and RME Fireface 800 audio interface allow for quadraphonic audio playback as well as a variety of sound production opportunities. Studio Alpha is equipped with projection capabilities to aid in teaching and for use in projection mapping research.