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About the Audio Lab
The MIT Lewis Music Library Audio Lab (14E-115) 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. Workstation #2 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.
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
- Logic Pro X
- Bitwig Studio 2
- Ableton Live 9 Suite
- Max/MSP 7 (Cycling 74)
- Pure Data 0.47-1
- 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)
- Microphone floor stand
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
- Tabletop microphone stands
Audio Lab Help
For information on workshops, an intro to the Audio Lab, or to ask a question, contact Caleb Hall, Music Technology and Digital Media Librarian, at email@example.com.
How to Reserve Time in the Audio Lab
Please note that the Audio Lab is one room with two workstations. Both workstations are reservable, but if you are working on a recording project and need the room to yourself, be sure to book both workstations. 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
More ways to get help
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