Montana State Transmedia and Electroacoustic Realization (MONSTER) Studios
Music Computer Lab
The lab is the primary classroom for the Music Technology program and serves as a collaborative space for musical creation and expression through the use of technology. The Computer Lab houses thirteen (13) Macintosh computer stations with Native Instruments audio interfaces and M-Audio MIDI keyboards. The computers are loaded with software used throughout the music technology program, including Avid Protools, Apple Logic, Abelton Live, Propellerheads Reason, Cycling ’74 Max/MSP, Make Music Finale, Avid Sibelius, Steinberg Cubase, East/West Symphonic Orchestra Silver, Amadeus Pro, NI Komplete Elements, MacGAMUT ear-training software, and more. The lab is staffed by student monitors and is available during open hours to all students taking courses in the School of Music.
Studio A is the primary individual workspace for upper-level Music Technology students. The studio features a 5.1 Dynaudio surround-sound monitoring system, Yamaha 01V96i digital mixer, Mini Moog Voyager analog synthesizer, and a Korg Triton digital synthesizer. The Macintosh computer includes all software installed on the Computer Lab computers, plus MetaSynth, Waves Gold Bundle, Final Cut Studio, Arturia ARP2600V, Native Instruments Komplete Ultimate, Adobe Production Premium, East/West Symphonic Orchestra Gold, and more.
Studio B & C
Studios B & C are small stereo studios equipped with Macintosh computers, Yamaha 01V96i digital mixer, Korg X50 keyboard synths, and ADAM A7Xs and JBL LSR4328P monitors respectively. The identical software installed in Studio A is also available on the Macintosh computers located in Studios B & C. Students affectionately refer to Studio C as Cookie MONSTER.
Studio D allows for additional individual workspace for upper-level Music Technology students. The Macintosh computer and software duplicates those available in the other studios. Hardware includes: Digidesign Mbox2 audio interface, Event Precision 8 studio monitors, Mackie mixing console, and a Korg X50 keyboard synth.
The tracking room features a digital 24 channel Presonus mixing console/audio interface and a Macintosh computer configured with a variety of major Digital Audio Workstations (DAW's) that ensures that the recording experience transfers across multiple platforms.
Students designed and built acoustic treatment that is installed throughout the room. This adaptable treatment provides control over absorption/reflection and creates an adjustable and customizable acoustic space, allowing the room to be tuned as needed for various recording situations.
JBL studio monitors provide instant playback for musicians, allowing them to evaluate their performances. A large video monitor allows visual connection with the computer lab, as well as a large display for classes and demonstrations. Microphones are available from the following manufactures: AKG, Audio-Technica, Beyerdynamic, Cascade, Earthworks, Electro-Voice, Neumann, Oktava, Rode, Sennheiser, Shure, and T.H.E.
Reynolds Recital Hall
Reynolds Recital Hall is the main performance venue for the School of Music and home of the Sunday Night Multimedia Series, MSU’s concert series combining electronic music, multichannel audio and sound diffusion, video, animation, and live performance. The Sunday Night Multimedia Series features an international selection of multimedia works alongside compositions by MSU students. The series features a multi-speaker sound diffusion system made up of Yamaha DXR Series Speakers and a Behringer X32 digital console for live diffusion.
Major upgrades to Reynolds Recital Hall were completed in the summer of 2007, including a smart podium and built-in projector for large lecture classes and an upgraded built-in sound system including JBL AM6215 speakers, QSC amplifiers, and a BSS Audio Soundweb DSP unit, with BSS Soundweb Designer software running on a Mac Mini via Parallels.
Black Box Theatre
The Black Box Theater, part of the School of Film and Photography, was completed in 2008. Music Technology students have contributed music and sound design for Black Box productions starting with the inaugural production in October 2008. Starting in Spring 2009, an Interdisciplinary Projects course has enabled Music Technology and Film majors to study hands-on technical theater, focusing on lighting and sound design for theatrical and concert productions.
Peach Street Studios
Peach Street Studios is a commercial studio located in downtown Bozeman. Peach Street Studios host two courses for the Music Technology program. MUST 112 - Basic Home Recording, taught by Doc Wiley, and MUST 320 - Recording II, taught by Jeremiah Slovarp, began meeting at Peach Street Studios in 2011. Music Technology majors and non-majors gain valuable hands-on experience working in professional recording studio. Peach Street Studios is also home to the radio program Live from the Divide "A Celebration of the American Songwriter." Peach Street Studios is also home to several Music Technology Internship placements.