Music Technology Resource Center
The MTRC is dedicated to providing students an environment to explore the core software a 21st century musician might be expected to know. Whether the task is a professional engraving of a score, or composing film music, the MTRC is there to provide the means of production. Technical mastery isn't required, as the Resource Center monitor staff will be there to assist with any questions you might have.
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Meet Our Staff
Michael Strickland, MTRC Supervisor
Brianna Rhodes - Senior Lab Technician
Brianna Rhodes graduated from FSU with a BM in Violin Performance and emphasis on composition. Post-graduation, she has been performing with orchestras across the southeast and composing original scores for the FSU College of Motion Picture. She is currently studying violin with Corinne Stillwell and scoring her first feature film. Her workflow includes Cubase, Pro Tools, and Finale. Feel free to ask her any questions about the lab's software, composition, or violin -- in exchange for your best viola joke. Check out some of her music for film on her website!
Isaac Barzso - Lab Technician
Isaac Barzso is a composer of contemporary concert music and performing guitarist. Isaac’s music is inspired by writing, works of art, and the expression of personal experiences. Isaac graduated with his BM in Composition at the FSU College of Music, and his daily real-world use of programs such as Pro Tools, Dorico, and Digital Performer allows for well-rounded advice in the MTRC. His work can be found at http://isaacbarzso.com/.
Aaron Houston - Lab Technician
Aaron Houston is a composer who collaborates with artists and musicians to create music that draws from the diverse influences of the American musical language for the everyday concert audience. He is currently pursuing his DMA in Composition at FSU, and is an alumni of Baylor University. His work can be found at https://www.aaronhoustonmusic.com/.
Chris Gonzalez - Lab Technician
Chris Gonzalez is currently pursuing a BM in Bassoon Performance at FSU. As a performer he has extensive freelancing experience in orchestral settings as well as Broadway pits performing a broad range of repertoire. Chris has a passion for Music Education as well as he maintains a private studio of students on various wind instruments both off and online. In his spare time he composes and arranges a variety of music utilizing Sibelius as his notation software of choice.
Chris Thornton - Lab Technician
Chris Thornton is the Assistant Technical Support Analyst for the College of Music, and is pursuing his BS in Information Technology. Chris is a tuba and trumpet player who enjoys composing music and playing video games in his spare time, and he can often be found hooking Minecraft up to the projector in the MTRC.
Frequently Asked Questions
Please select from one of our categories to locate your issue. If there is something you wished was on here but isn't, let one of our staff know and we can add it!
"The Printer is Giving Me a Strange Error"
Any and all hardware failures, errors, or bugs should be reported to a lab monitor immediately.
"Printing is Going So Slow"
For sheet music, and print jobs with images, follow these steps BEFORE you print to cut down on the time it takes.
On the print dialog box, Please select the "Advanced" button on the top of right of the box.
From here, you will need to select "Color Management" in the middle-left box. Then, next to "Color Handling", please select "Printer Color Management". This should assist in your printing alacrity.
"Suddenly the sound became 'glitchy' "
Often this is a result of your audio card's sample rate suddenly dropping. Try changing the sample rate under Options as it should be set to 1024 samples, or change output devices (under devices) and change back. If the problem persists, try resetting pro tools. If all else fails, ask a lab monitor for help.
MAC Keyboard Shortcuts
"My pitches seem out of tune?"
The older MIDI keyboards in the lab have pitch bend wheels that will slowly drift off pitch due to years of repeated use. The simplest solution is to change the sound library for your instruments in the Score Manager (ctrl/cmd + k) under instrument list.
Regarding Disk Drive and Mouse Usage
Computer Mouses are available for rental during your stay at the MTRC. Simply ask a lab technician and they will retrieve one for you. Your computer mouse must be returned to the monitor's station when you are ready to leave.
MAC disc drives are also available by requesting one from a lab technician. Again, disc drives must be returned to the monitor's station when you are ready to leave
Card Swipe Access
If you are experiencing trouble accessing the lab, or you feel like your card should grant you access but isn't. Please give your FSU card number to a Lab Technician and they will be able to grant you access to the lab within a few business days.
Our Available Software
Note: The following software is available on all Machines:
Logic Pro X is available on the Mac side of the lab.
for digital archiving or image manipulation, please use the audio archive station and graphics and video station respectively.
ProTools 12 is available on all Macs and 7 of the PCs. All PCs with Arturia keylab 61 MIDI keyboards have ProTools installed
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