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Music quick guide: Equipment: Audio Lab

About the Audio Lab

The MIT Lewis Music Library Audio Lab is available to current MIT community members.  We welcome beginners as well as experts.  Need help?  Check out our how-to videos, or just ask!

The Audio Lab has two digital audio workstations, each with multi-track audio software, digital mixer, and MIDI keyboard. One workstation has an installed microphone for podcast recording.  There are connections to plug in electric guitars, keyboards and other electronic instruments.

The room has been acoustically treated; it is very quiet but it is not sound proof. Spoken word may be recorded, but we do not permit singing or the use of acoustic instruments in this space.

Hours: from library opening until 15 minutes before library closing; see MIT Libraries hours page.  We recommend making a reservation.

More details:

List of Audio Lab Equipment and Software

Computers and software

  • Two workstations: iMac 27” (i7, 16GB RAM, 512GB flash, AMD Radeon R9 M395X)
  • Pro Tools
  • Reaper
  • Logic Pro X  
  • Bitwig Studio 2 
  • Ableton Live 9 Suite 
  • Max/MSP 7 (Cycling 74) 
  • Pure Data 0.47-1
  • SuperCollider 
  • Final Cut Pro X 

Electronic instruments and equipment

  • Mixer & audio interface: Behringer X32 Producer digital mixer
  • Digital Piano/keyboard (with touch sensitive weighted keys): Studiologic SL881studio
  • MIDI keyboard controller: Korg micro-key MIDI keyboard
  • Analog synthesizers: Moog Mother-32 semi-modular synthesizer​ and Moog Minitaur bass synthesizer
  • Theremin: Moog Etherwave Plus theremin
  • Turntable (for DJ scratching: Pioneer DJ PLX-500, direct drive       
  • Headphones    Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro
  • Microphone    AKG C314 condenser mic (workstation #1 only)

Available at Library service desk

These items are frequently requested by Audio Lab users; a complete list of circulating equipment is on the Equipment Quick Guide.

  • Other microphones: Shure SM58 dynamic vocal mic and Shure SM57 dynamic instrument mic
  • Microphone XLR cables 
  • Microphone stands: Floor mic stand, amp/bass drum mic stand, desktop mic stand

Audio Lab Help

How-to videos:

For information on workshops, an intro to the Audio Lab, or to ask a question, contact Forrest Larson (twiggy@mit.edu).

How to Reserve Time in the Audio Lab

Priority goes to those with reservations; walk-ins will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis, as space permits. 

To book a station using mycard.mit.edu (MIT only):

  • Select "Student Web" from the menu on the left-hand column (if relevant)
  • Select "Room Reservation" from the menu
  • Change the pull-down Room Group menu to “Lewis Music Library Media Stations” (upper right of screen)
  • Click on the calendar icon for either station, and choose week to check availability

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