Music Creative Spaces

The Music Department office is located on the third floor of Ryder Hall on Northeastern’s Boston campus. The Department is home to rehearsal and performance facilities, laboratories, and studios used by students, faculty, and visiting artists. Performances are frequently held at the Fenway Center, located at 77 Saint Stephen Street, Boston, MA.

 

CAMD Media

The CAMD Media Studio in Shillman Hall is a cutting-edge facility that features the latest music and video technologies. Inside you’ll find:

27 workstations with new high-end Mac Pros and 34″ ultrawide LG monitors. Editing applications include Avid Media Composer 8.3, Adobe Creative Suite, and Final Cut Pro X. All workstations are tied to an internal Avid ISIS server.

  • An HD TV production studio with a full complement of equipment, including cameras, teleprompters, LED studio lighting, XPression graphics, and more.
  • A green screen room that includes a state-of-the-art motion capture system. Frequently used by animation, gaming, Art + Design, and theatre students, this space also has a removable green foam-tile floor, so students can composite objects and people using a variety of software applications.
  • A recording studio that allows music industry students to play and record at a professional level. This space houses a grand piano, drum set, DigiDesign C/24 mixing board, ProTools software, and a wide variety of professional microphones.
  • A wide range of new field equipment, including traditional disk-based camcorders, DSLRs, audio recorders, LED light kits, microphones, tripods, stabilizer rigs, and more.

The facility also includes a classroom/lab consisting of 16 student workstations with recessed monitors, plus an instructor workstation tied into the projection system. Northeastern University’s Snell Library also offers training and editing facilities in the Digital Media Design Studio. Digital video cameras may be checked out at Infocommons in the library.

Music Spaces

The Music Depart­ment has a num­ber of practice rooms and rehearsal spaces, many equipped with pianos, drum kits and/or ampli­fiers. All music majors have access to these facil­i­ties to rehearse indi­vid­u­ally or in small groups.

Students may contact the music office (351 Ryder, 617-373-2440) for details on how to access these spaces.

Fac­ulty may reserve times from the depart­ment admin­is­tra­tive assis­tant by call­ing 617-373-2776.

The Music Department Piano Lab is located in 337 Ryder Hall and is used for our Piano Class course. When not being used for instruction, this lab is available for student practice. To use the Piano Lab outside of class hours, you must be a music major or minor, taking music lessons, a student enrolled in Piano Class, or taking part in one of our ensembles. Contact the music department main office (351 Ryder Hall, (617) 373-2440) for access details.

Piano Lab Hours

These hours are subject to change based on staffing.

Tue, 1/15 = 3:30pm–10pm
Wed, 1/16 = 8pm–10pm
Thu, 1/17 = 3pm–6pm
Fri, 1/18 = closed
Sat, 1/19 = 12pm–4pm
Sun, 1/20 = 12pm–4pm
 

The Piano Lab will be closed from Monday December, 17 thru January 4th. 

Fenway CenterThe Music Depart­ment reg­u­larly holds con­certs at Northeastern’s Fen­way Cen­ter at 77 St. Stephens St, which is just off Hunt­ing­ton Ave, Boston’s “Avenue of the Arts.

The Fen­way Cen­ter is equipped with a stage, light­ing, micro­phones, sound sys­tem, and rock and orches­tral instru­ments. For Music Tech­nol­ogy con­certs, a high-quality 14-speaker sound dif­fu­sion system can be con­fig­ured around the audi­ence, cre­at­ing a fully immer­sive lis­ten­ing expe­ri­ence. Stu­dents can com­pose works on mul­ti­ple tracks specif­i­cally for the speaker sys­tem, or they can per­form the spa­tial­iza­tion dur­ing the con­cert (live sound diffusion).

The sound dif­fu­sion sys­tem con­tains the fol­low­ing speakers:

  • (4) Mackie 1521z
  • (4) Mackie HR824
  • (4) Mackie MR8
  • (2) JBL sub-woofers

The studio is available to authorized students 7 days a week. Students can gain individual access after they have taken the Recording 1 and Recording 2 courses. Recording 2 is a production course and takes place in Studio A, students taking Recording 2 have access to the studio as a requirement of the class.

Equipment:

  • MacPro computer with 2 Apple 27”monitors
  • Avid ProTools HD II with 2 PCIe cards
  • Avid 192 ProTools interface
  • Avid C|24 ProTools controller
  • Avid ProTools HD v.10.3
  • Waves Gold plug-ins
  • McDSP plug-ins
  • Sonnox plugins
  • Universal Audio plugins
  • Avid plugins
  • AutoTune plugin
  • Genelec 8040A monitor speakers
  • Yamaha C3 grand piano
  • Guitar Amplifiers from Peavey, Fender, and Line 6
  • Yamaha Drum with Zildjian cymbals
  • Full patch bay system
  • AKG K-240 and K140 monitor headphones
  • A wide variety of professional microphones including Shure, AKG, Crown, E-V, Countryman, Sony, Sennheiser, and others

Studio B is an 8.1 surround sound recording and mixing facility dedicated to instruction and completion of independent compositions by Music Technology students.

Music Technology students have priority access to this space and can reserve time 7 days a week.

Equipment:

  • Mac Pro
  • Digidesign 003 Rack
  • (8) Genelec 8040A studio monitors (surround sound)
  • (1) Genelec 7060B subwoofer
  • (2) AKG 414 microphones
  • Millennia HV-3C stereo microphone pre-amp
  • WhisperRoom sound isolation booth
  • 60-inch Sony Bravia HDTV
  • Emulator E-Synth keyboard and controller
  • Kurzweil K2600s
  • Kurzweil K2600r
  • M-Audio Axiom keyboard controller
  • Pro Tools (with Avid Production Toolkit expansion)
  • Peak Studio XT
  • DSP Quattro sound editing software
  • Sound Soap Pro
  • Bias Mastering Perfection Suite
  • Complete GRM Tools plug-in suite
  • Waves Platinum plug-in suite
  • Sibelius notation software
  • Max/MSP
  • Klingbeil Spear spectral analysis/resynthesis software

Studio C offers a state-of-the-art production environment in a classroom setting.

Many of the department’s Recording and Composition courses are taught in this space. Outside of class times, students use this studio for their own projects and can reserve time 7 days a week. In addition to a 5.1 surround sound system, the studio is equipped with the following hardware and software:

Equipment:

  • MacPro computer with 27” Apple monitor
  • Sony 55” video monitor
  • Avid 003 ProTools interface
  • Avid C24 ProTools controller
  • Avid ProTools
  • Bias Peak Audio Pro
  • Max/MSP
  • Bias Mastering Perfection Suite plug-ins
  • Bias Sound Soap Pro plug-in
  • Waves plugins
  • McDSP plugins
  • Universal Audio plugins
  • AutoTune plugin
  • Avid plugins
  • GRM-Tools plug-ins
  • Genelec 8040A monitor speakers (stereo)
  • Mackie HR 824 monitors speakers (5.1) with subwoofer
  • Pioneer DVD player (DVD, SACD, DVD-A playback)
  • Denon CD player
  • Otari MTR-12 tape recorder-player

Studio D is a recording/production studio primarily used by upperclassmen for editing and mixing.

Equipment:

  • Mac Pro computer with 2 Apple 20” monitors
  • Avid 003 ProTools interface
  • Avid Control 24 ProTools controller
  • Avid ProTools 10 v.10.3
  • Waves Gold plugins
  • McDSP plugins
  • AutoTune plugin
  • Avid plugins
  • Universal Audio plugins
  • Genelec 8040A monitors speakers
  • AKG K-240 headphones

Studio E is a single-station Mac-based studio that allows students to mix and master their music on state-of-the-art equipment and loudspeakers.

Music technology students have priority access to this space and can reserve time 7 days a week. The studio is equipped with the following hardware and software:

Hardware:

  • Mac Pro
  • Mackie MR8 speakers
  • Emulator E-Synth keyboard and controller
  • Kurzweil K2600s
  • Kurzweil K2600r

Software:

  • Pro Tools
  • DSP Quattro sound editing software
  • Sibelius notation software
  • Max/MSP
  • Klingbeil Spear spectral analysis/resynthesis software

The Music Depart­ment has a num­ber of rehearsal spaces for stu­dents con­cen­trat­ing on a music degree, reg­is­tered for private lessons, or enrolled in music department ensem­bles.

Application

To use any of our regular practice rooms with pianos, you must be a music major or minor, taking music lessons, or taking part in one of our ensembles. Contact the music department main office (351 Ryder, 617-373-2776) for access details.

To use our new Wenger sound-proofed room, you must meet one of these conditions to apply online for access to use the room:

  • Music majors
  • Students registered for drum lessons
  • Students enrolled in ensembles requiring use of drum sets

You may contact Junauro Landgrebe to request access.

Wenger Room Guidelines & Procedures

Once approved the following guidelines must be followed at risk of being removed from the list:

  • The room is not to be used before 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
  • You are only allowed to reserve two 1.5 hour time slots per week
  • The room must be put back in the same or better condition in which it was found
  • The music equipment must stay in the room at all times!
  • The music equipment must be used in a reasonable and respectful manner
  • You may use the room beyond your reservation as long as the room hasn’t been reserved by another student
  • You must be courteous to other students who wish to use the room
  • Please DO NOT bring food or drink into the room
  • You must return the key to the Ruggles Security station after you are finished

Failure to meet any of the above conditions will result in your privileges being revoked.

Every Monday morning at 9:00am, the Google reservations signup sheet will be posted on the door of 364 Ryder. You must have a Google account to access the signup sheet. Modifications cannot be made electronically to the sign-up sheet after Monday at 9:00am, but students may still sign up by hand after the sign-up sheet has been posted but may not make any changes to the existing reservations.