Innovative music technologies for the 21st-century musician

SFCM’s Technology and Applied Composition department offers some of the most state-of-the-art recording equipment to students wishing to refine their skills in areas including music production, recording engineering, sound design, computer programming, and multimedia. TAC studios make legendary as well as emerging music technology available to students who want to get their hands on tools used throughout the music industry and beyond. Highlights include a classic 32-channel Rupert Neve 5088 analog mixing console in Studio A and cutting-edge MIDI controllers like the Ableton Push and Linnstrument in Studio B. Our studios are equipped with the latest and greatest hardware and software available, allowing you to explore virtually any musical idea you can think of.

Studio A

Studio A is a fully equipped, acoustically tempered recording and teaching space, and home to our 32-channel Neve 5088 Mixing Console. This room functions as a 5.1 surround sound recording and mixing studio that may be networked to any of SFCM’s performance halls or the TAC Live Room. Studio A is geared toward large-scale and advanced recording projects as well as clinics and master classes with visiting industry faculty.

Equipment available in Studio A currently includes:

  • Rupert Neve Designs 5088 Mixing Console
    • 32 Channels of Neve 5052 Mic Pre / Inductor EQs
  • AVID Pro Tools HDX System
    • Pro Tools HD I/O x 2 (32 channels total)
    • Meyer Sound 5.1 Surround featuring 5 HD-1 speakers and 1 MM-10 subwoofer Bowers & Wilkins 803 Diamond Series Loudspeakers
  • Pelonis Model 42 MKII Monitors Grace Design m802
  • Remote Microphone Preamplifier x 3 (24 channels total)
  • Rupert Neve Designs Portico II Master Buss x 3 (6 channels total)
  • Eventide H1000 Ultra Harmonizer
  • Lexicon MPX-1 Multi Effects Processor
  • Demeter Tube Mic Preamp

Studio B

Studio B is a fully equipped project and post-production studio featuring 5.1 surround sound playback, multimedia editing capabilities, and a collection of classic electronic instruments. Intended as a room for student projects, SFCM-sponsored professional projects, and technical ear training, Studio B provides the ultimate workspace for producing and mastering sound for film, game audio, and other multimedia.

Equipment available in Studio B currently includes:

  • Pro Tools HD Native System
  • Meyer Sound 5.1 Surround featuring 5 HD-1 speakers and 1 MM-10 subwoofer
  • Grace Design m906 High Fidelity Monitor System

Instruments & Controllers:

  • Ableton Push 2
  • Arturia Beatstep
  • AVID Artist Mix & Artist Control
  • Dave Smith Instruments Tempest Drum Machine
  • Doepfer A-100 Basic System 2 Modular Synthesizer
  • Korg Kronos X 88-key Music Workstation
  • Moog Sub Phatty Synthesizer
  • Moog Voyager Synthesizer
  • Roger Linn Design Linnstrument
  • ROLI Seaboard RISE
  • Oberheim Xpander Synthesizer
  • Buchla CBS Modular Synthesizer (1970)

Outboard Gear

  • Roland SVC-350 Vocoder
  • Roland VP-70 Voice Processor
  • DBX-2231 31-Band Equalizer/Limiter
  • DBX 166XL Compressor/Limiter

Mackie Onyx 800R Analog Mic Preamp

Live Room

The live room is a large, acoustically tempered space used for recording projects, electroacoustic rehearsals, visiting artist clinics, and interdepartmental collaborations. This room is connected directly to Studio A via analog audio and HD video. This room is generally used in tandem with Studio A or Studio B for recording and features a pristine Steinway Model B Grand Piano and Yamaha Upright.

Digital Audio Keyboard Lab

The TAC Lab is a world class digital audio production lab and classroom with 14 workstations, each equipped with a dual display Apple iMacs, Yamaha 88-key weighted action keyboard, AVID Fast Track Duo audio interface, and Arturia BeatStep MIDI controller. The TAC Lab hosts classes taught by industry leaders on music technology, film scoring, game audio, sound design, computer programming, and creative production techniques.

Each workstation in the TAC Lab is equipped with:

  • Yamaha P255 88-key Weighted Action Digital Piano
  • Dual-display iMacs
  • AVID Fast Track Duo Audio Interface
  • Audio Technica ATH M50 Headphones
  • Arturia BeatStep MIDI Controller and Step Sequencer
  • Korg nanoKontrol2 MIDI Controller


  • Ableton Live Suite
  • Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and Lightroom
  • Apple Logic Pro X
  • Avid Pro Tools 12
  • Final Cut Pro
  • Finale
  • FMOD Studio
  • Max/MSP/Jitter
  • Native Instruments Komplete
  • Pure Data
  • Sibelius
  • Synthogy Ivory American Concert D
  • Wwise