The University of Texas Electronic Music Studios (UTEMS) are among the most extensive and technologically advanced of any university in the country. There are four studios, all of which have been acoustically treated and contain state-of-the-art digital hardware and software, complemented by a wide selection of high quality microphones, mixers, effects processors, and professional studio monitors by Dynaudio, Genelec, and Tannoy. Recent renovations included the installation of new carpet and lighting, additional acoustic treatments, and converting the old multi-workstation computer music lab into a recording studio and rehearsal space, reserved for use by composition majors and students enrolled in UTEMS courses. (See the Studios page for more details and images.)
EMS I is a single user facility that is reserved for students in the introductory courses. It has a Mac Pro with an RME Fireface UFX audio interface and a Mackie MCU Pro control surface, an Oxygen 8 Keystation and Oxygen 88 keyboard controller, and a variety of audio software and sample libraries.
EMS II is designed to serve both as a classroom and an advanced production studio. It features a Mac Pro with dual displays, Protools HD and RME Fireface UFX audio interfaces, Mackie MCU Pro and Digidesign Command 8 control surfaces, AKAI MPK88 MIDI controller, 2 Yamaha Disklavier uprights tuned a quarter-tone apart, a 52″ LCD TV, video projector and screen, 5.1 Surround playback with TASCAM System 15 DMT monitors, Dynaudio nearfield monitors, and a large variety of audio software. It is also designed to allow users to easily connect their personal laptops to the studio monitors, keyboards, and control surfaces.
EMS III contains essentially the same hardware and software as EMS II, but is a smaller project studio designed for advanced users. It does not have a Yamaha Disklavier, but it does contain an antique Serge modular synthesizer that has recently been refurbished and is in excellent working condition. EMS III can also serve as the control room for recording sessions in EMS IV, using a Yamaha DM-1000 mixer and tie lines that connect the two studios. It has a quad playback system (Tannoy System 12 DMTs), as well as stereo Genelec nearfield monitors with subwoofer. Like EMS II, it is easy to connect a laptop to the audio playback system, keyboards, and control surfaces.
EMS IV functions primarily as a recording studio, using tie lines that connect it to the Yamaha DM-1000 mixer and patch bay in EMS III. When not in use for recording, EMS IV is designed to be used as a stand-alone project and 8-channel mixing studio. It has a baby grand (C3 model) Yamaha Disklavier, RME Fireface UFX audio interface, Yamaha O2R Mixer, Crown power amps, and Tannoy System 215 DMT II and System 10 DMT II studio monitors. It currently has a Mac Mini with Cubase and Logic Pro DAW software installed, but students typically bring their own laptops and connect them to the Fireface via USB or FireWire.