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Music quick guide: Equipment: Home

About this guide

This is the guide to equipment available at Lewis Music Library. Use the main music research guide for other music topics.  

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Available in the Audio Lab (MIT only)

The Audio Lab contains two editing stations with MIDI keyboards, digital mixers, and audio software, plus other equipment including electronic instruments. Visit the Audio Lab page for more information, including a complete listing of available equipment and software.

Equipment and software to use in the library

In addition to the Audio Lab, the following equipment is available for use in the Lewis Library. Unless otherwise noted, visitors as well as MIT community members are welcomed to use these:

  • CD players, turntables, cassette tape decks, VCRs, and DVD players
  • Game room equipped with an Xbox ONE and DVD player
  • Digital pianos
  • Headphones
  • Four iMacs (MIT Kerberos login required) with the following software:
Finale  Score notation
Sibelius  Score notation
MuseScore Score notation
Logic Pro  Audio recording / editing
Reaper  Audio recording / editing
Max (Cycling 74)

Visual programming language for music and multimedia


OMR software for music XML

Wavepad (available on Mac workstation with turntable and cassette tape player)

Digitize LPs or cassettes; audio recording/editing software


Equipment to check out

The items may be borrowed by MIT community members; visitors are welcomed to use these items in the library.

Handheld audio recorders

  • Zoom H4nPro and accessories (6)
  • Zoom H4n and accessories (1)

Video recorders

  • Zoom Q8n-4K (2)
  • Zoom Q8 (1)
  • Zoom Q4n (1)


  • Logitech Brio 4K (3)


  • Dynamic
    • Shure SM58 - vocal mic (3)
    • Shure SM57 - instrument mic (4)
    • Shure MV7 - USB vocal mic with tripod (6)
  • Condenser:
    • Audio Technica AT4041 - small diaphragm (2)
    • AKG 451B - small diaphragm (1 pair)
    • AKG C414 - large diaphragm (1)

Microphone stands, tripods, and accessories

  • Mic stands
    • Boom stand, Hercules (3)
    • Standard, Hercules (4)
    • Standard, other (1)
    • Table-top (6)
  • Tripods
    • Mini tripod with smart phone mount, Benro (3)
    • Mini tripod for handhelds and mics, Rode (3)
    • Tripod for video camera, Benro (2)
    • Tripod for video camera, Sony VCT-R640 (2)
  • Accessories
    • Dual microphone bracket (1)
    • Pop filter (attaches to mic stand) (1)


  • HDMI - 4ft (1)
  • MIDI - 15ft (2)
  • XLR - 10ft (5) and 15ft (3)
  • XLR to 1/4” (2)
  • 1/4” to 1/4” (4)
  • 1/8” to 1/4” (4)
  • 1/8" to 1/8" (1)
  • RCA to 1/8”  stereo (1)
  • USB-A to USB-A, 10ft (1)


  • Evo4 - 2 channels (2)
  • Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 - 2 channels (1)
  • Motu Ultralite mk4 - 8 channels (1)


  • Mackie 402VLZ4 - 4 channels (1)
  • Mackie ProFXv2 - 8 channels (1)

Disc drives

  • Asus (3)
  • Apple (1)
  • LG Electronics (1)
  • Lite-On (1)

MIDI keyboards

  • CMC Xkey (25-key, two octaves) (1)
  • Nektar SE25 (25-key, two octaves) (2)

Portable turntables (New!)

  • Portable record player, Numark PT-01 USB (2)
  • Scratch portable DJ turntable, Numark PT-01 (1)


  • Music stands (folding) (8)
  • Wolverine F2D Mighty digitizer 7-in-1 film to digital converter (1)
  • DVD player – region free, Panasonic S700P-K (for use ONLY with video monitors and TVs) (1)


Not seeing something?

If you have equipment suggestions for purchase, please let us know by emailing Caleb Hall, Music Technology and Digital Media Librarian, at 


Music Technology and Digital Media Librarian

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Caleb Hall

Music Library Assistant

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Laura Brisson

Lewis Music Library Department Head

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Avery Boddie

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