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.

Music Composition majors complete projects at state-of-the-art workstations with a variety of available hardware and software. Music Composition majors benefit from the technology acquired for the MAT Creation Lab and composition student work at these workstations regularly. For a description of our other facilities, including our recording studio and computer lab, visit our facilities page.

MAT Creation Lab


The MAT Creation Lab consists of four state-of-the-art workstations designed to facilitate the generation of high-quality audio and video content. The stations feature a variety of equipment and software. All students who complete the Music Composition program will work at these stations in three or more classes and have access to these spaces throughout their time in the program, after passing an introductory course.  Two of the stations have capacity for 5.1 surround-sound projects, with Genelec or JBL speakers. There are also options to check your stereo mix with various speakers, including Event 20/20 speakers and M-Audio BX5 speakers. The stations are fitted with high-quality sound cards, including an RME Fireface800, a MOTU828X, and Presonus devices. Each station has mixer, including a Soundcraft SI Expression digital mixer and Mackie analog mixers. Two stations are fitted with a Korg Semi-Modular analog synthesizer. Various MIDI controllers are available, including Ableton’s Push2, and controllers made by Novation, Akai, M-audio, and Keith McMillan. Every workstation has the option for dual video monitoring. The computers have multiple Digital Audio Workstations, including Logic, Ableton Live, and Audio Audition. The stations are equipped with Native Instruments Komplete, EastWest Orchestra, multiple iZotope plug-ins, Max, SoundToys, and Altiverb. We also have Adobe software, including Premiere, AfterEffects, and PhotoShop.