Music Technology Facilities
The Music Technology program in the School of Creative Arts (SOCA) houses a large digital recording studio as well as a Mac-based computer music lab. To ensure that you receive plenty of hands-on opportunities to learn, you’ll never have more than 12 students in your computer music or recording classes.
The computer music lab workstations each include a 76-key electronic keyboard and MIDI controller, Pro Tools LE software, music notation software, a variety of virtual instruments and more. Our large recording studio boasts a Digidesign ICON system with a D-Control and HD-3 system. This state-of-the-art recording setup allows you to train on industry standard software and equipment used by today’s professionals.
View scheduled studio activity and reserve studio time using the Music Technology studio calendar.
SOCA maintains a strong partnership with Sweetwater Sound, one of the largest music retailers in the United States, which will provide you with many unique opportunities. Direct access to manufacturers, designers and artists will enhance your insight on the current and upcoming trends for the music industry. This relationship will also allow you to pursue internships in many areas including marketing, sales, recording and production.
At the heart of the main recording studio is a Digidesign ICON, D-Control system that utilizes a Pro Tools HD-3 recording system. This system provides the ability to record 24 simultaneous tracks of audio through a variety of outboard pre-amplifiers. Besides a host of analog signal processors that can be patched in to any point of the recording process, we also have some of the best digital software plug-ins in both time-division multiplexing (TDM) and Real-Time AudioSuite (RTAS) platforms for Pro Tools. Both our main ICON system and computer music lab feature the McDSP Emerald Bundle software plug-ins for Pro Tools.
In the SOCA studios, you can take an audio project from inception to completion for any type of media. This provides you with critical experience recording audio and preparing for delivery to customers using many different types of media required today. You’ll be able to put the finishing touches on audio projects using both analog and computer-based equipment so you can work both in and out of the box. Our mastering station is built around Apogee converters and features analog processing by Drawmer, Apex and BBE.
The studio also features a custom Sweetwater Creation Station PC that runs a variety of digital audio workstation (DAW) software and plug-ins such as Samplitude Pro, Wavelab, Sound Forge and more. In addition to being able to finish audio, you’ll also have the ability to author, print and duplicate CDs and DVDs in full color.
Computer Music Lab
The SOCA computer music lab features 11 Apple iMac workstations that allow you to record and work on audio projects, score music, compose and keep up with your other classes on campus. Our lab runs Pro Tools as the main recording DAW but also contains virtual instruments such as Reason, the Apple iLife suite and Sibelius for composition and notation. This lab is also home to piano, MIDI, synthesis and other classes.
By enrolling in SOCA at the University of Saint Francis, you will gain access to high-quality equipment that you are likely to find in recording studios throughout the world. This gives you the ability to obtain hands-on experience using the equipment you’ll most likely find yourself using in the real world.