Music Lab

The GC Music Lab (AC106) contains a full piano lab plus eight specially-equipped music workstations.

Digital Pianos

The piano section of the Music Lab comprises a large network of 17 Yamaha YDP141 Digital Pianos. These fantastic 88-key, fully-weighted instruments are networked to allow the instructor full control of which pianos each student can hear (via headphones), to facilitate the teaching of Piano Class. A Key Note Visualizer displays the keys played by the instructor as notes on a staff and using a keyboard diagram. Additionally, the network can be adjusted outside of classtime to create 16 “virtual practice rooms.”

Music Workstations

The Music Lab also contains eight music workstations, each consisting of a large 27-inch iMac computer, a Digidesign Mbox Audio Interface, and an M-Audio Keyrig 49 USB MIDI Controller.

The MIDI controller serves as a piano-based input device, for recording and for working with training software. The audio interface allows for the use of Pro Tools software, and for recording a guitar or bass, or voice via a microphone, in essence turning each workstation into a mini-recording studio. Students who are taking Audio Engineering will use the workstations to edit their recordings. The computers are also used in Commercial Music Software, which allows students to learn to use professional music-making software. Finally, the workstations are used as training stations for students taking Music Theory and Eartraining and Sightsinging classes, and as an aid to students taking Composition.

Software found in the Music Lab includes:

  • Pro Tools
  • Logic
  • Kontakt
  • Reason
  • Ableton Live
  • Garage Band
  • Finale
  • Sibelius
  • Practica Musica
  • Auralia