The Experimental Music Studios at the University of Illinois are home to six state-of-the-art multipurpose composition and production studios, and feature a diverse array of software and hardware. Logic Pro is our primary DAW, and the studios also include SuperCollider, Kyma, Reaper, Pro Tools, Komplete 11, Waves Diamond plug-ins, and a variety of other digital audio processing software platforms. EMS audio hardware includes a Toft ATB 16 analog mixer, a Roland 100M voltage-controlled modular synthesizer, Yamaha DX7 and DX11 synthesizers, dozens of microphones, a large collection of outboard compressors, equalizers, and effects, and several extremely comfortable beanbag chairs.
Studio A is an analog/digital electroacoustic composition studio with a 4.1 surround system and nearfield monitoring pair. Studio A is the primary teaching space for recording courses and functions with Studio X as a control room/live room setup for recording engineering and production applications:
Studio B is a stereo composition studio designed for instruction in the basics of electroacoustic music composition techniques, including analog/digital audio recording, editing and mixing, MIDI applications, analog modular synthesis, and digital signal processing:
Studio C is a smaller 5.1 surround sound studio designed for auxillary electroacoustic composition/sound design and general editing work:
Studio D is a high-end analog/digital 8.1 surround studio with numerous advanced options for the realization of electroacoustic compositions and experimental projects of all kinds:
Studio E is a stereo composition studio designed for instruction in the basics of electroacoustic music composition techniques, including analog/digital audio recording, editing and mixing, MIDI applications, and digital signal processing:
Studio X is a 10.1 channel electroacoustic composition and diffusion studio and serves as the primary teaching/performance studio for advanced electroacoustic composition and programming courses. Studio X also serves as the live room for recording applications alongside Studio A, which serves as the control room: