Graduate students in SAIC’s Sound Department have access to five sound studios and four work stations equipped with the following:
- Digital and analog recording studios for live recording, electronic music production, mixing and mastering
- ProTools digital audio workstations
- Vintage and contemporary analog synthesizers and signal processors
- Advanced software including MAX/MSP, Supercollider, IRCAM Tools, and RX Tools
- Multi-channel playback system
- Performance controllers and installation microcontrollers
- A wide range of studio microphones and outboard gear including rare signal processors
- Purpose-built labs for software and hardware design and development, instrument construction, and hardware hacking
- Several workstations for exclusive graduate use, including modular synthesis, digital audio production, and a Yamaha Disklavier computer-controlled acoustic piano
- An extensive inventory of portable equipment including hydrophones, accelerometers, specialized microphones, and high-quality remote recording gear
Resources Available to all SAIC Students Include:
What the City of Chicago has to Offer:
Since the late 19th century, when the museum collection of the Art Institute was established as a study center for the School of the Art Institute, students have used the museum's vast holdings to inspire and inform their creative and scholarly practices. No other school of art and design can claim such a major museum as part of their campus.
A living laboratory of the study of late 19th- and 20th-century architecture, landscapes, and interiors—the development of the Chicago school of commercial architecture, the flowering of the Prairie style house, the progression of the City Beautiful movement in urban planning.