A brief overview of some of the equipment in the Studio, and what Studio members could use this equipment to do.
The Studio for New Media was designed as a space large enough for collaborative groups to meet and work together, and a room which would contain equipment which was too expensive to install for every computer in the computer classrooms already located across campus.
The Studio has no regular budget from the university, the College of LAS, or from the English Department. All of the equipment installed in the Studio comes from grant funding requested by Studio members, who then had their equipment placed in the Studio so that it would be available 24/7 to any Studio member. (If you are considering writing a grant proposal for equipment you would be willing to have installed in the Studio, please contact us; we'll be happy to discuss it.)
So. Some of the equipment currently installed in the Studio includes:
- Blu-Ray optical disc recorders. These drives, attached to both the SNM1 and SNM2 workstations, permit Studio users to 'burn' CD-ROM, audio CD discs, DVD-ROMs, video DVD discs, BD-ROMs, or Blu-Ray video discs.
- Surround sound audio speakers. If you're mastering a multimedia project with multitrack audio, the Studio has a Yamaha RX-A1000 receiver which can let you preview the audio in 2-channel, 2.1, 5-channel, 5.1, 6-channel, 6.1, 7-channel, or 7.1 surround sound.
- Audiocassette player/recorder. If you still have old audio recordings on cassette, we have a Marantz SD142 audiocassette player/recorder, which you can use as the source to capture the audio into digital format. Once that's done, you could generate MP3, MPEG-4 audio, AAC or other digital audio files, or record the digital audio to an audio CD. Conversely, if for some reason you'd like to output your digital audio files to audiocassette, you can do that in the Studio as well.