The Rutgers Electro-Acoustic Lab (REAL) includes two studios designed for sound generation, design and post-production for audio and video. Its main function is to serve as an environment for students and faculty to explore music technology through the realization of electroacoustic and computer based music. Access to the studios is primarily through course enrollment or by arrangement. A full-fledged recording facility, the studio can address the needs of composers and performers seeking music production. There is also the capability to address creative audio requirements for theater and film production.
The current setup includes a 56 channel Yamaha 02R96VCM 24bit digital recording console, an Apple QuadCore MacPro with 2 Terabytes of storage and outboard processing by DBX, PreSonus and Ensoniq. Several MIDI controllers are available, including two 88 key Korg Triton Workstations. Software includes Logic Studio, Final Cut Studio, Max/MSP and Reason. Studio A is targeted for a complete Nuendo production system and Studio B will contain a Pro Tools system.
Mark Zaki, composer and assistant professor of composition is the director of REAL.
The Electric Café Series is dedicated to presenting new and cutting-edge art music, with a particular emphasis on digital music and interactive intermedia performance. The concerts are under the direction of Assistant Professor Mark Zaki, and co-presented by the Rutgers–Camden Center for the Arts and the Rutgers Electro-Acoustic Lab (REAL).