The MTRC provides students an environment to explore the core technology musicians need to know. Whether engraving a score or composing music, the MTRC provides the means of production. MTRC staff are there to assist with any questions you might have.
Our employees are available both in person and online to assist our students and faculty. Request Help below and a staff member with respond within 24 hours. Sessions can be requested in the MTRC, via phone, or over Zoom.
MTRC Survival Hour
Join the Music Technology Resource Center employees each week with any questions you have about classroom and technology needs within the FSU College of Music. Register ahead of time to join the meeting and to submit your specific questions.
MTRC COVID-19 Survival Pack
Meet Our Staff
Michael Strickland, MTRC Supervisor
Blaine Stewart - Lab Technician
Blaine Stewart is a jazz saxophonist currently pursuing his BM in Jazz Studies at Florida State University in Tallahassee. He is currently a member of FSU’s Jazz Ensemble II as well as one of the University’s Jazz Combos. Blaine has played in Ruby Diamond Concert Hall, Opperman Music Hall, and Dohnanyi Recital hall. While At FSU, he studies under David Detweiler, he also studied under Kevin McNerney for a year at Collin College in Plano Texas. While at FSU Blaine enjoys attending jam sessions in Tallahassee.
Lara Mitofsky Neuss - Lab Technician
Lara Mitofsky Neuss is a clarinetist, educator, and new music advocate based in Tallahassee, Florida. She enjoys working with composers to commission new works, improvising, and performing orchestral and chamber music. She often incorporates electronics and technology into her clarinet performances and she is currently researching the application of meditation into music practice. Lara is a doctoral teaching assistant at Florida State University and holds degrees from Colorado State University and San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
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/.
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.
Free to FSU Students/Faculty/Staff
|Software||How to Access|
|Office 365||Click to Access|
|Zoom||Click to Access|
MTRC Software On-Site and FSU Virtual Lab Access
Educational Pricing and Trials
|Sibelius||$9.99/month or $99/year||30 Days|
|Adobe Creative Cloud||$19.99/month||7 Days|
Free Training Videos
The Vlab is FSU’s Virtual Lab, which allows you to run certain programs inside a web browser, without the need to install them. More information on that service and how to connect to it can be found at its.fsu.edu/myFSUVLab.
Educational Pricing and Trials
A lot of software is available for free or at a discounted price for students. Also, a lot of software have fully functioning “demos” that allow you to use the software for a limited period of time without having to pay the purchase or subscription price for the program.
Free Training Videos
As you look to learn more programs and expand your knowledge, in-depth tutorials of software can be found in LinkedIn Learning -- a service available for free to students, faculty and staff through the my.fsu.edu portal.
The Music Technology Resource Center (MTRC) operational guidelines for the Fall of 2020 are based on information from a variety of sources including the Centers for Disease Control, guidance from the State of Florida, Florida State University, and the reopening plans developed by Florida State University. These plans are subject to change as FSU and the College of Music plans and procedures change.
Fall 2020 Hours:
Monday - Thursday: Noon - 6pm
Friday: Noon - 5pm
Saturday - Sunday: Closed
- Only FSU College of Music students, faculty, and staff may access the MTRC.
- Visitors must wear a mask at all times in the MTRC.
- Patrons must use the touch-free hand sanitizer to cleanse hands before using any equipment.
- Currently, occupancy of the MTRC is limited to 15 people at any given time, including MTRC employees.
Health & Safety Guidelines:
- Maintain a physical distance of at least 6 feet from other people.
- Wear a CDC-compliant cloth face mask at all times.
- Clean the computer area after use.
- Disinfectant wipes are provided for cleaning purposes.
- Hand sanitizer is available for personal health and hygiene use.
- After cleaning, properly dispose of any wipes or cleaning supplies.
- Computers are available for use during open hours.
- Students will need to provide their own headphones to use with the computer.
- Printing will be monitored by the staff on duty and allowed only during the following hours:
- Tuesday: 12:30pm-2:30pm
- Wednesday: 12:30pm-2:30pm
- Virtual assistance will still be available to College of Music students and staff to help with technology issues. Please go to music.fsu.edu/mtrc or contact email@example.com for more information.
- Employees will wear masks while in the MTRC.
- Employees will wipe down computer equipment and desk surfaces at the beginning of their shift.
- Employees will follow guidelines regarding hand washing and disposal of waste.
- Should an employee experience COVID-19 symptoms, that employee is to follow the current FSU employee protocols.