Photo: Don Rogers/Ball State Photoserves
Though Ball State University (Muncie, Ind., www.bsu.edu) has dropped “Engineering” from its Music Engineering Technology program, the school still focuses on audio engineering, improving the curriculum to include composition, performance, computer science and recording, and adding the country's first Digidesign ICON.
“Based on all the pre-release information received, we knew it was the right way to go for our new facility,” said Keith Kothman, director of music technology at the school. “Now that we have it installed, it's even better than Digi told us it would be. Special thanks go to Chris Hammond and Rob McGaughey at Digidesign, and Jeff Green at Sweetwater for their help.”
The program now offers three options: Music Engineering Technology with a minor in Applied Science; Computer Music Technology with minors in Computer Science or Web Technology; and Music Technology with a minor in Digital Media. The program has also moved into the Music Instruction Building, a $21 million facility with 73,000 square feet of academic space and a 600-seat hall that can be tuned for each performance.
The Music Technology control room will offer state-of-the-art digital mixing gear and Lucite diffusors (pictured). David Carroll Associates coordinated the audio system install and integration.