Computer and Audio Facilities

The EMS Computer Music Project offers a UNIX-based time-sharing system for the teaching of computer music and acoustics, promoting research in computer sound analysis and synthesis, computer-assisted composition, music notation/printing, visualization of music, and scientific sonification.

The CMP has several multi-user workstation computers, including 8 Intel Pentium, Core, and Xeon workstations and a PowerMac G4. All computers are networked together and connected to Internet via ethernet. Each of the user rooms in CMP has a playback system consisting of a mixer, CD player, analog cassette deck, power amplifier, and a pair of loudspeakers. Open-reel tape and DAT recorders and a laser printer are also provided within CMP.

All of the CMP computers use Ubuntu 12.04 as their operating system, barring the Macintosh running OSX. Ubuntu provides an easy-to-use Xwindows interface running Canonical's custom Unity desktop. In addition to the GUI, all of the normal Linux/Unix utilities are available to the user via the terminal.

Room A Hardware

Mixing, Routing, Monitoring

  • Yamaha MV802 mixer
  • Kenwood KA-60 power amplifier
  • 2 August Systems speakers

Recording and Playback

  • Kenwood DP-2030 CD player

Computers and Sound Processing Hardware

  • 2 Quad Core i7 workstations with professional-level sound cards
  • 1 Core 2 Duo workstation with a professional-level sound card
  • 1 Dual Core Xeon workstation with a professional-level sound card

Room C Hardware

Mixing, Routing, Monitoring

  • Mackie SR Series mixer
  • Midiman Digipatch 12x6 MIDI-controllable digital audio patchbay
    • 6 S/PDIF I/O, 6 ADAT I/O, output coupled
  • Carver M-500t power amplifier
  • 2 Mission Electronic speakers

Recording and Playback

  • Tascam DA-30 Mark II DAT recorder
  • Panasonic SV-3700 DAT recorder
  • Sony CDP-XE400 CD player
  • Panasonic CW-7502 4X CD-R recorder
  • TEAC A-3300 SX 1/4" 2-track recorder
  • Technics M280 cassette deck

Computers and Sound Processing Hardware

  • 3 Dual Core Pentium workstations with professional-level sound cards
  • 1 Core 2 Duo workstation with a professional-level sound card
  • 1 Dual Core Power Macintosh G4 running OSX Tiger with Classic OS support
  • 1 Pentium III workstation with a professional-level sound card
  • Yamaha REV-7 digital reverberator
  • dbx150 2-channel type 1 noise reduction unit