Academics Digital + Media

Spatial Audio Studio

Teacher instructing student in spatial audio studio.

A dynamic space for sonic experimentation

With extensive digital composition tools and a high-performance sound system, the Spatial Audio Studio offers exceptional resources for exploring sonic practice. It also gives students access to tools for enhancing work across a wide range of mediums. The acoustically treated room features an array of 25 independently addressable, full-range speakers and four subwoofers.

The studio gives students opportunities to work with an array of digital audio software and programming languages. These include:

  • Reaper
  • Ableton Live
  • Supercollider
  • Max

Students can also access various analog equipment, notably a 4U format, Serge modular synthesizer by Random*Source (below).

This library of programming platforms, digital audio workstations and software supports several Digital + Media courses focused on sonic practice. The studio also supports courses offered through the Computation, Technology and Culture interdisciplinary concentration.

Through studios and independent research opportunities, students take advantage of this space for many uses, including but not limited to:

  • composing experimental music.
  • designing soundscapes for time-based media.
  • simulating architectural acoustics.