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 new Dell Precision Tower 3420s with Intel Xeon quad-core processors, 16GB RAM, and 512GB SSDs. All computers are networked together via ethernet. Room A of CMP has a playback system consisting of a mixer, CD player, power amplifier, and a pair of loudspeakers.  Room C of CMP has a playback system consisting of a mixer, CD player, and four powered monitors for quadraphonic audio.

All of the CMP computers use Ubuntu 16.04 LTS as their operating system. 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
  • ART SLA-1 power amplifier
  • 2 JBL 4412A studio monitors

Recording and Playback

  • Kenwood DP-2030 CD player

Computers and Audio Interfaces

  • 4 Dell Precision Tower 3420 workstations with Intel Xeon quad-core processors, 16GB RAM, and 512GB SSDs
  • 4 ART USB Mix audio interfaces

Room C Hardware

Mixing, Routing, Monitoring

  • Mackie SR24.4 VLZ Pro mixer
  • Midiman Digipatch 12x6 MIDI-controllable digital audio patchbay
    • 6 S/PDIF I/O, 6 ADAT I/O, output coupled
  • 4 Genelec 8030B powered studio monitors

Recording and Playback

  • Tascam DA-30 Mark II DAT recorder
  • Sony CDP-XE400 CD player
  • Technics M280 cassette deck

Computers and Audio Interfaces

  • 4 Dell Precision Tower 3420 workstations with Intel Xeon quad-core processors, 16GB RAM, and 512GB SSDs
  • 1 Dell OptiPlex 990 workstation with an Intel i5 quad-core processor, 8GB RAM, and 120GB SSD
  • 1 Dell Studio XPS 9100 workstation with an Intel i7 quad-core processor, 9GB RAM, and 1TB hard drive
  • 5 ART USB Mix audio interfaces
  • 1 Focusrite Scarlett 6i6 audio interface