> MML Resources & Technical Info
The Brown University Multimedia lab offers students access to the best equipment available for experimenting with the production of audio, video, and still images, and for authoring hypertext and multimedia projects. Our hardware and software are consistently evaluated in the face of industry trends, academic needs, and artistic exploration.
Both Grad Center and List :
2.66 GHz Intel Core Duo iMacs, 4 GB RAM
2 x 2.8GHz Quad Core Intel Xeon Towers, 6 GB RAM
All workstations are equipped with a CD-R/DVD-R burner. (Please note that these burners only accept DVD-R media.)
8 iMac workstations in the Grad MMLab have audio capabilities. These seven workstations are equipped with Digidesign Mboxes and are connected to a central rack of components (via the Edirol UA-1A, selectable in the Sound Preference Pane) for playing source material from cassette tape, or DAT, or for recording output from the stations. The rack hardware consists of a TASCAM DA-20mkII 302 duel-well cassette deck, and an Alesis RA150 amplifier which powers a pair of Event Studio Precision 8 studio reference monitors. Several iMac workstations are equipped with MIDI controllers and the full suite of audio and MIDI software.
Students are responsible for their own headphones and adapters.
The multimedia classroom, which adjoins the lab, is meant to be the ideal arena for looking at and listening to original pieces. Its audio capabilities parallel those of the lab, with a Ashly LM308 Mixer, Tascam DA-20 MKII, a JVC MiniDV-VHS, ONKYO RI dual cassette deck, and an Alesis RA100 amplifier powering a Cambridge Soundworks speaker system.
Again, all of the stations have some video processing/editing capabilities, while a subset are equipped for higher-end production. At these "tower" workstations, a JVC dual deck is available for digitizing from and to miniDV and DVCAM tapes.
Software (All netbooted stations):
(Video stations on local boot):
Final Cut Pro
DVD Studio Pro
All of the computers in the lab have plenty of computing horsepower for the most sophisticated digital imaging work. Each workstation (except the video workstations) has an Epson Perfection 2450 Photo flatbed scanner.
Maxon CINEMA 4D
We define Authoring as broadly as possible to include hypertext writing, html/web-page production, and programming of interactivity. Authoring is the production of interactive projects that may fuse a number of forms of expression. Authoring can include any of the activities described in the sections above including (but not limited to) video, audio, and imaging tools available in the lab.