EM Lab

The Electronic Music (EM) Lab affords students the opportunity to become skilled in desktop music production. Courses that make use of this lab include Intro to MIDI and Sound Synthesis, MIDI-based Music Production, Electronic Music and Controllerism, and MIDI-based Scoring for Visual Media. The lab contains twelve identical student stations and an instructor's main station, each equipped with state-of-the-art hardware, industry-standard DAW software, and extensive pro-class virtual instruments and sound libraries from top vendors across the world used in today's music production.


Every student workstation desk has a 27” iMac with 24GB RAM and an additional 27” monitor. A Yamaha MOXF8 synthesizer can be rolled out to serve as a multitimbral keyboard controller. A rackmount Moog Voyager analog synthesizer and an Ableton Push sit atop each desk. The rack beneath includes an Avid MBox Pro, Alesis mixer, MOTU MIDI interface and a patchbay for rerouting signals.

Our primary DAW is Pro Tools, but Ableton Live, Reason, and Logic Pro are used in several courses.  Virtual Instuments include Omnisphere 2, Keyscape, Stylus RMX, Trillian, Serum, MachFive, Ethno, EZDrummer, Superior Drummer, and Native Instruments Kontakt.  Students will also have access to several other effects and processing plug-ins too numerous to list.

Electronic Instuments:    

  • Synthesizers.com Modular Synthesizer
  • Sequential Prophet-6 Polyphonic Synthesizer
  • Moog Voyager electric blue Synthesizer
  • Yamaha Motif ES7
  • Arturia Minibrute Synthesizer
  • Korg MS-20 Synthesizer
  • Roland SH-201 Synthesizer
  • Waldorf Microwave XT Synthesizer
  • Various Roland Aria Devices

MIDI Controllers:

  • Alesis AirFX
  • Fishman TriplePlay wireless MIDI guitar controller
  • Korg KAOSS Pad
  • Yamaha WX11 Wind Controller

Sound Libraries:

  • Ableton Factory Packs (45 instuments and effects)
  • Digieffects 24-48
  • Komplete Ultimate (66 sample libraries)
  • EZ Drummer, Superior Drummer 2, and Superior Drummer 3 kits
  • London Orchestral Percussion
  • LA Scoring Strings
  • Vienna Instruments Symphonic Cube


  • Roland TD-25K V-Drums Electronic Drum Kit
  • Theremin
  • Various Mics, MIDI processors, headphones and more
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