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Music Technology- if money was no object....?

Discussion in 'Music' started by foxys_folk_faced, May 1, 2012.

  1. foxys_folk_faced

    foxys_folk_faced New commenter

    We have recently been asked as a Music department... "if money were no object and you could have anything you liked/needed in terms of Music Tech, what would you have?"

    Any ideas???
  2. foxys_folk_faced

    foxys_folk_faced New commenter

    We have recently been asked as a Music department... "if money were no object and you could have anything you liked/needed in terms of Music Tech, what would you have?"

    Any ideas???
  3. I'd probably start by looking at places like the Purcell School and Christ's Hospital and how they have equipped themselves - not really altogether fair to say money is no object for them but they have a lot more of it to play with than most state schools and a very unique philosophy that you might want to use as a model to begin from. I'd get in there with music tech suites running pro tools and reason with powerful quad core PCs or Macs with at least 9 GB RAM, plus decent MIDI keyboard controllers and audio interfaces, for working with whole classes, then ask for a proper fully equipped sound proofed recording studio based around a similar computer with PT HD and a server to network it all, so individuals can bring their classwork in to this for adding better quality audio tracks like vocals.
  4. I forgot to mention Sibelius, so useful should really be included anywhere in the school it can be...
  5. LennoxBerkeley

    LennoxBerkeley New commenter

  6. What cmf said. Just to add:

    CPD/specialist training provision and an incentive for music teachers to actually show up and engage with that training. Not a problem that can be solved just with money, but a huge issue nonetheless; I've encountered schools with Alladin's Caves full of equipment and no-one on staff with any idea of how to use any of it, schools avoiding music tech provision altogether due to lack of training and expertise and schools making an effort to develop their IT provision only to have all their staff phone in excuses when it came to training. Put simply, the best gear in the world is an expensive paperweight if you don't learn how to use it and most music teachers are not technicians.

    On a similar note, at least one in-house technician to set things up and troubleshoot problems, same as in science and IT departments.

    It might be worth mentioning at this point that expensive gear can be a red herring - a lot of classic gear became so because it was cheap to buy and exploited to the full by skint but driven music producers. The real issue is suitability for the perceived user base - macs are the way to go not simply because they're at the top end of the market, but because their level of reliability and user friendliness is second to none.

    Unlimited budget or none, think of how equipment will stand up to kid attacks on a daily basis. I'm not a fan of Roland in this respect, whose gear I find breaks far too easily. Korg and Yamaha build pro gear you could back a van over.
  7. Computers have a shelf life of 5 years.
    Orff instruments- if properly maintained and cared for- can last 40 years.
    Real, acoustic instruments anytime.
    A computer room equipped with Musescore is already beyond the capability of most students.
  8. Having worked both sides of the fence I would suggest:
    You need a set up that gives maximum 'hands on'
    Your set up must be accessible, flexible and capable of supporting a wide range of musical experiences and the aptitude/s of your students.
    It needs to be time efficient; plug and play if you like.
    It should offer a 'broad canvas' upon which to 'paint' and have some flexibilty in terms of how your students 'interface' with your set up.
    As a starting point consider
    A few stand alone keyboards, a few computer-based workstations, one of which might offer some 'high -end facility' Some means of recording 'real instruments' I use a Duet by apogee which I find excellent. A few microphones to suit. Additionally, particularly if you do shows etc, a decent PA.

    Hope that gets you started.

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