Digital Media Lab
The digital media lab puts some of the most advanced digital production software and equipment in the hands of students studying Audio Technology at Clemson. The centerpiece of the suite is the DigiDesign D-Command control surface for use with the Pro Tools® software package. The system features a dedicated center section panel for EQ and dynamics plug-in editing, as well as per-channel control processing functions, routing, and automation modes.
The facility also has a large-screen LCD video monitor and a surround-sound speaker system. The video capabilities of this system are an important addition to Clemson's audio facilities, as many jobs require both audio and video knowledge. The lab is equipped with a Mac Pro computer running Final Cut Pro® for video editing.
Recording Control Room
The control room is wired to the Brooks Center main auditorium, two large recording rooms, and two isolation booths. The system can record up to 32 tracks simultaneously, and there is enough processing power to accommodate in excess of 100 tracks in a single session.
Numerous professional-grade signal processing plug-ins are available, including Waves and McDSP. Outboard gear includes microphone preamplifiers from John Hardy, Universal Audio, and DigiDesign. The studio is well equipped with high-quality microphones, including models from Neumann, AKG, Sennheiser, Earthworks, Shure, Audio Technica, and Electro-Voice.
Music Technology Lab
The Music Technology Lab has 12 student workstations with Music XPC computers and Korg N5 synthesizer/keyboards. Software in the lab includes Pro Tools LE for audio recording, mixing, and MIDI work, and Finale for music notation. The instructor’s station is equipped with networking software that allows the instructor to observe any student’s screen and to display the instructor’s screen on all of the students’ monitors. This allows the professor to offer assistance, and increases the communicative and pedagogical potential of technology in the classroom, thus humanizing the experience.
Each student computer has a CD-R/DVD drive, and the master station is equipped to handle all types of recording media including CD-R, DAT, cassette, and LP. The student workstations have dual-port MIDI interfaces that allow a second synthesizer to be connected, and the lab has Alesis Nanosynths available, and keyboards by Kurzweil and Yamaha.