Electronic Music Lab

  • Photo of a girl using a sound mixing board.
  • Photo of a student playing electric guitar with a bow.
  • Photo of a student using music mixing software on a computer.

Western Michigan University has a state-of-the-art creative spaces for music composition students to realize projects involving digital media. Student composers work in the lab during Electronic Music Seminar, which is part of their degree program. Students learn about the skills necessary to complete projects that involve digital audio software including electroacoustic concert music, video game music, movie music, sound design, installations and multimedia works.

There are four audiovisual workstations. The stations are equipped with Logic, Ableton Live Suite, Pro Tools, Adobe Audition, Max/MSP, Native Instruments Komplete, iZotope Iris, iZotope Ozone, iZotope RX4, and a variety of shareware plug-ins and standalone applications. Each station has Adobe Premiere, Aftereffects, and Photoshop. Each station has an external audio sound card, mixer, microphones, MIDI keyboard and studio monitors. Two of the stations feature 5.1 mixing.

To present student works involving digital audio at various on-campus and off-campus venues, WMU has a high-quality portable audio system. The sound system is designed around powered Mackie loud speakers, subwoofer and monitor. There is a laptop and sound card in the electronic studio that travels with the portable audio system in order to provide students with real-time computer performance capabilities. Students have the opportunity to work with the components of the sound system and develop skills involved in live sound reinforcement.

Composition students are encouraged to receive additional instruction in digital media, and work with other equipment and software. There is a music technology lab that is open to all music students. There are audio engineering classes in a state-of-the-art studio, in addition there are classes focused on Audio for Video and MIDI Orchestration.