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Music Intranet - Computing / Studios and Labs


The Department of Music, in conjunction with UCSD ETS, in conjunction maintains a computing lab, a studio suite, and 4 project studios in CPMC along with various other resources for instructional computing.

For assistance within the CPMC 204 computing lab, contact the Instructor or TA for your course, or if the problem relates to specialized music software or peripherals, contact the Department of Music staff (Repair Form).

Access to all spaces is subject to the "Building Access Policy" and "Building Guidelines".

Department of Music Facilities:

  • Instructional Computing Laboratory - CPMC 204
    Fall 2022 (September) - available now to authorized students.

  • The Project Studios
    - Composition studio – CPMC 201
    - Analog studio – CPMC 205
    - Video studio – CPMC 206
    - MIDI studio – CPMC 207
    Fall 2022 (September) - available to Music 174 students and to others after completing the orientation with the ICAM GSR. Reserve your studio time via the Online Self-Scheduler.

  • The ICAM Suite
    - Computer Music Instructional Laboratory (CMIL) - CPMC 268
    - Digital Music Recording Studios (DMRS) - CPMC 269
    Fall 2022 (September) - IMPORTANT: there have been many changes since Spring - CPMC 268 and 269 are available to Music 174 students and to others after completing the orientation with the ICAM GSR. Reserve your studio time via the Online Self-Scheduler.

  • Graduate Student Spaces
    These spaces have computing and audio capability:
    - Graduate Student Printer - The large-format printer is now in the CPMC 159 mail room.
    - Computer Music Research Lab - CPMC 365
    Fall 2022 (September) - available now to graduate students. Reserve your time on the Online Self-Scheduler.

Students currently enrolled in Department of Music courses that require computers, may receive access to CPMC 204. For access to the ICAM Suite or project studios, coordinate with the ICAM GSR or contact Tom Erbe, Anthony Burr or King Britt.

Please do not attempt to move or removed equipment that is locked or tied down. If you need a controller, mouse or keyboard, see Brady in CPMC 109. Feel free to e-mail to request changes to the studios and labs.

Student Orgs interested in using these spaces, may contact

Summary of Fall 2022 Changes:

  • Computers - Most Music Department computers now run OS X 11 (Big Sur). The ETS computers (on the right side of CPMC 204),  Music-CPMC204-Mac05 (also on the right side) and the system in CPMC 205 now run OS X 12 (Monterey). 
  • Audio Interfaces - CPMC 268, 269, 201 and 205 have UAD interfaces
  • Software - Most software has been updated to the most recent version. The Ableton Live standard is 11.6.1. Fabfilter Pro-EQ 3 has been added to CPMC 269 and 201. Mixed-in-Key has been added to the Music systems in CPMC 204 (left side). Reaper is available on CPMC204-Mac01 and Mac05.

Overview and Access

The purpose of the studios and lab is to support course-work for Department of Music courses. This includes senior projects and graduate work.

In general, if you see software on a lab computer (in the /Applications folder on Mac OS X), it should work just as it would on another other computer (or we will have documentation on how it is different in the lab). We rely on the users of the lab to report problems using the above Repair Form.

Current or previous enrollment in courses or approval of one of the technology faculty is required for access. To request keycard access to spaces using the Access Card & Key Request Form.

All use of CPMC 269, 203, 201, 205, 206, and 207 should be scheduled in the Online Self-Scheduler. This is our "studio log".


Studio and Lab Hardware

Instructional Computing Lab (CPMC 204)

  • 12 Intel iMacs (7 from ETS and 5 from Music), 2 audio interfaces, 1 DJ controller, 4 MIDI keyboard controllers, Mixer w/Studio Speakers, 80" Display, Nord Electro 6D.

CPMC 204 Computers 

Project Studios (CPMC 201, 205, 206 and 207)

  • 4 iMacs with audio interfaces (2 UAD, 1 Presonus, and 1 MOTU), Ableton Live Suite, Pro Tools Studio, Doepfer Modular Synthesizer, TOFT Console, various MIDI modules, Nord Electro 6D and Piano 4 keyboards.

ICAM Suite

  • CPMC 269 - Pro Tools HD, Avid S3, UAD X16 interfaces, Ableton Live Suite, 5.1 Surround Playback, Nord Piano 4, headphone monitoring to 203, and various outboard gear.
  • CPMC 268 - Pro Tools, UAD X16, Make Noise (and other) Modular Synthesizer, OB-6,  headphone monitoring and camera to 203.

Studio and Lab Software

Software Overview:

In order to provide a diverse selection of modern music and production software with the flexibility to upgrade, the CPMC Instructional Computer lab has 2 sets of computers - those supported (and funded) by the campus ITS/ETS and those supported by the Music Department. The software is similar (with some minor version differences). The software in the ICAM Suite and Project studios is similar. CPMC 269 has Pro Tools "Ultimate" (aka HD).

CPMC 204 Room Layout:

  1. Left Side - OS X 11 Big Sur, audio interfaces, all Music Department
  2. Right Side - OS X 12 Monterey, all Ableton Suite Packs, ITS instructor computer, 1 Music Department.

Special Computers

The ITS-CPMC204-01 "Instructor iMac" at the front/right of the room has the most sofware. In addition to the standard suite, it also has Adobe CC, NI Komplete and the iZotope Music Production Suite. All of  the ITS computers include all of the Ableton Live packs, Sibelius, Adobe Reader and Microsoft Office. 

The Music-CPMC204-05 computer on the back/right side of the room has all of the same software as the project studios (Pro Tools, iZotope, etc.). It also has Adobe CC, Sibelius and an Akai MPK49 controller.

CPMC 204 software list for Fall 2021:

    1. Ableton Live Suite 11  
    2. Adobe - Acrobat Reader DC (Full Adobe CC installed on 204-mac05, 206-mac01 and ITS-mac01)
    3. Audacity 2.4.2 (with 55.33.100 FFmpeg, 3.100 LAME encoder and 3.99.5 binary)
    4. Final Cut Pro 10.4.3 or 10.4.6
    5. Free MP4 Converter
    6. GarageBand 10.3.4
    7. Google Chrome 94
    8. Firefox 90
    9. Native Instruments - Kontakt 5.8.1  (w/Kontakt Factory Selection) and Native Access
    10. Logic Pro 10.4.8 (all Sounds except Legacy, Apple Loops, multi-output Drums and Alchemy on 10.14 Macs)
    11. Max 8.1.11 (note: only 269-mac03 has a full license, others function when used with Ableton)
    12. MuseScore 3.6.2
    13. Keyfinder
    14. Numbers 5.01, Pages 7.01, KeyNote 8.01
    15. Pd 0.51-4
    16. Safari 14.1.2
    17. Sassafras K2
    18. Sibelius Ultimate (only on CPMC204-mac05 and ETS computers)
    19. Skype 8.73
    20. Soundhack (all plugins on all Music computers)
    21. VLC 3.0.16
    22. XCode 10.3 (with Command Line and Additional Tools)
    23. iTunes
    24. Pro Tools (CPMC 201, 205, 206 207 only). CPMC269 has
    25. iZotope (its-cpmc204-mac01, music-cpmc269-mac03, music-cpmc205-mac05, 201, 205, 206 207 only.
    26. Zoom 5.8
    27. MOTU Audio Setup 1.6.83 (only computers with MOTU interfaces)

Specialized Software:

These computers have additional software: CPMC269-mac03, CPMC204-mac05 and the 4 Project Studio computers.

    1. SoundHack Plugins - on all Music computers
    2. Sonobus 1.4.6, Sonic Vizualer 4.3, vmpk 0.8.4, Ocenaudio
    3. Avid Pro Tools - CPMC269-mac03 has "Ultimate"
    4. Avid Sibelius - CPMC204-mac05 only
    5. Nord Sound Mgr. & Sample Editor
    6. Reason  - CPMC204-mac05 only
    7. UAD and Luna - CPMC269-mac03 and CPMC201-mac02 only
    8. Ableton Packs and Version - CPMC 204 has Core Library, plus M4L Big Three, M4L Building Tools, Pitch and Time, M4L Essentials, Samplification, CV Tools. The project studios, cpmc269-mac03, and cpmc204-mac05 have all Suite Packs (current as of 9//2021) and Ableton 10. CPMC 206 has Ableton 9.
    9. iZotope Software - licenses vary by system.
    10. Native Instruments - All computers have Kontakt Factory Selection. CPMC 269-mac03, 201-mac02, 204-mac03, 204-mac05 and ITS-CPMC204-01 have more NI applications.

CPMC 201-mac02, 204-mac03, 204-mac05 have: NI Massive, Massive X, VC plugins, Solid plugins, Session Horns, Session Strings 2, West Africa, Vintage Organs, Drum Lab, Absynth 5, Reaktor 5 and 6, Kontakt Selection and Factory Library.
CPMC204-mac03 has Traktor Pro 2. ITS-CPMC204-01 has the full Komplete 12 with most libraries. 

ICAM Computers

MIDI and Controllers

The Studios and Lab have the following MIDI Controllers:

  1. Music-CPMC204-Mac01: Akai MPK 25
  2. Music-CPMC204-Mac02: Akai MPK Mini
  3. Music-CPMC204-Mac03: Behringer BCD3000 DJ controller
  4. Music-CPMC204-Mac04: (to be installed soon)
  5. Music-CPMC204-Mac05: Akai MPK 49
  6. ITS-CPMC204-01: Komplete Kontrol 25
  7. CPMC 269 and 207 - Nord Piano 4
  8. CPMC 268 - Sequential OB-6
  9. CPMC 204, 201, 205, 206 - Nord Electro 6d
See Brady in CPMC 109 for checkout controllers.


For undergraduate students, there is a low-volume laser printer in CPMC 204 (print to it from any computer on the left side of the room). Graduate students will find a high-volume tabloid printer in the CPMC Graduate mail room.  Printing is also supported through the ETS printing environment. The nearest available ETS printers are located in the Pepper Canyon lab or in the Price Center. 

Laptop Support

Students are encouraged to use their own equipment. To this end, you can plugin to speakers in the CPMC 204  computer lab (via either the Mackie mixer or the bluetooth speakers in the middle of the room). CPMC 269 has an 1/8" aux input. Most of the CPMC classrooms have 1/8" and USB input on the room mixers. Controllers and other audio equipment can be checked out from Brady. Note that the department does not provide software or laptops for checkout to students.

Audio Playback

Multi-Channel audio output to speakers is supported in CPMC 268 and 269. The CPMC 204 instructor station ("ITS-CPMC204-01") can play to the room speakers. All computers have stereo audio output via headphone jacks and some have audio interfaces or external speakers.  Students are encouraged to be respectful of their peers and bring headphones.

Checkout Equipment

The Department of Music provides gear for 48-hour checkout. This includes, but is not limited to, microphones, headphones,  and audio equipment. The department does not provide laptops or tables for checkout. And, due to licensing restrictions, there is no facility to checkout software. See the Equipment Checkout Request for more information.

Studio and Lab FAQs

Studios and computer labs can be confusing, especially with the evolving return-to-learn constraints. Here are some answers to common questions.

  • I'm a graduate student, how can I access the studios? 
    Coordinate with the ICAM GSR for orientation. Upon completion, you will receive keycard access to the ICAM spaces.
  • I'm not enrolled in a music course, may I use the studios, lab or practice rooms?
    No, not at this time.
  • I'm enrolled in Music 174 and am having trouble in the studio. What do I do.
    Contact your instructor or TA first. If you feel there is a problem with the equipment, e-mail
  • How and when can I checkout equipment?
    See the Equipment Checkout Form for information and office hours.
  • I want to bring guests into the building to record. What's the procedure?
    Coordinate with your instructor.
  • How do I reserve a studio?
    Use the "Online Self-Scheduler"
  • How do I reserve the CPMC 204 computer lab?
    CPMC 204 is an open computer lab. Instructors and group leaders may place a signs on door indicating that an event is in progress (sample signs are available on the cork board). Instructors should plan on posting the sign at least 1 day before to ensure availability.
  • May I sing or play wind instruments in the studios or computer lab?
    Please see the Building Guidelines for details. 
    For now, please do not sing or play wind instruments in the open computer lab.
  • May my club (student org) meet in studio or lab?
    Yes, student organizations may use Departmental Space. Each year, they must have a faculty advisor and the use must be approved by the department Chair and MSO. 
    The "Producers Remixers Club", for example, had approval to use CPMC 204 November, 2021 - June 2022. 
  • May I book the studios or lab for rehearsals?
    Please don't. These rooms are very busy. If you do not need the computer or recording equipment, please use one of the practice rooms. Contact Neal or Jessica for rehearsal options.

Do you have questions? E-mail

Documentation and Additional Help:

See your TA for documentation and help in the studios and labs.

Graduate computing resources:

In addition to the above, the following resources are available: 
  • Graduate Work Room (WLH 2141)
  • Graduate Mail Room (CPMC 159)
  • Computer Music Lab (CPMC 365)
  • TA Offices (CPMC 243, 245)
  • ETS Website