Chip Davis Technology Studio

The centerpiece of the Tech Suite, the Chip Davis Technology Studio is a multifunctional, technologically dense environment for teaching, rehearsal, performance, recording, and research. Our design approach was to treat the studio as an infrastructurally rich canvas to support numerous and diverse activities at the intersection of technology and the performing arts.

Currently, the Davis Studio supports the two Performing Arts Technology ensembles: Digital Music Ensemble and Electronic Chamber Music. The ensembles compose, rehearse, and perform music and multimedia works that leverage the unique technological capabilities of the studio. The Davis Studio also variously serves as a tracking space, project workshop, research laboratory, and multimedia gallery for courses in Sound Recording and Production, Interactive Media Design, Immersive Media, and Performance Systems.

The Davis Studio features the following systems:

  • 32-speaker, 3-dimensional immersive audio system supporting both Ambisonic and conventional multichannel audio diffusion, consisting of Genelec 8050 and 8040 speakers and RCF 8004 subwoofers
  • 16-camera marker-based Qualisys motion-capture system with dedicated real-time and offline analysis hardware and software.
  • Theatrical DMX lighting system with a ETC ION controller and state-of-the-art stationary and moving LED lighting instruments by ETC and Elation.
  • Bösendorfer grand piano with CEUSreproducing system for automated recording and real-time computer-controlled playback.
  • Roland M5000 Open High Resolution Configurable Architecture live digital mixing console with Dante
  • Two x 6000-lumen NEC 4K-resolution laser projectors with advanced edge-less projection surfaces.
  • Apple Mac Pro computer with Focusrite Ethernet Audio Interface
  • More than 100 tie lines for analog and digital audio, data, and video interconnection with other Tech Suite spaces.
  • Yamaha drum kit with cymbals
  • Fender Blues Junior guitar amp
  • Ampeg BA-210 Bass amp