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SMU Adds Motif ES to Electronic Music Studio

Music students get hands on with the latest Yamaha technology (February 28, 2006)

The Electronic Music Studio is well equipped for research, creation, production, and instruction of electro-acoustic music in a comfortable and elegant environment. An Apple G5/dual 2.0 GHz computer system runs the latest in software for composing,recording, editing, and mixing music. An extensive list of hardware, outboard gear, and musical instrument technology is monitored through an excellent stereo/5.1 speaker system, rounding out the facility. The newest addition is the Yamaha Motif ES6 with an mLAN expansion board and the Virtual Acoustic Plug-in.

James Tran, a graduate of the schools Masters program in Music Composition, now works as the Keyboard and Software
Department Manager for Brook Mays in Dallas, part of the Brook Mays Musc Group, a family of 63 retail locations operating in 8 states under 10 different brand names that carry a full line of musical instruments and music technology products.

An accomplished composer, piano, and keyboard player, Tran has become a relied upon technology consultant for the school and has worked with Yamaha sales and product personnel to install the Motif ES6 as well as numerous Yamaha music products at SMU including Disklavier and Clavinova digital pianos in the schools piano lab.

?The electronic music studio and the faculty members were a big part of my decision to attend the Meadows School of the
Arts, said Tran. ?Im proud to help keep the studio updated with the latest technology for current and future students.

Students and faculty are able to explore and create music in this exciting field and produce professional-quality recordings of
their projects and compositions. Students have used the studio to create projects in collaboration with other divisions of the
Meadows School of the Arts including dance, theater, and cinema/television. Works created in the studio meet the highest
production standards and have been selected for performance on regional, national, and international conferences, festivals
and broadcasts. Small class sizes allow greater access to the studio than many larger schools, while compositional approaches covered in the Electro-Acoustic Music courses include a wide variety of styles and allow students to master technical understanding and explore personal creative interests. Multi-track recording, MIDI orchestrations, synthesis, scoring for film/video, digital editing, surround-sound mixing, and CD/DVD production are all supported by this flexible and
contemporary facility.

For more information on the Meadows School of the Arts at SMU, please visit

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About Meadows School of the Arts
The Meadows School of the Arts has a long tradition and legacy of excellence in the visual, performing and communication
arts. At Meadows, artistic connections are made between faculty and student, between scholar and artist, and between the
school and the community. The schools faculty members are accomplished artists and teachers, its students are some of the
best in the nation and its facilities are among the finest for arts education in the United States.

About Yamaha
Established in 1960, the Yamaha Corporation of America (YCA) offers a complete line of musical instruments, professional
audio products, and innovative technology for the hobbyist, educational and professional music markets. Within YCA, there
are several divisions, i.e., piano and keyboard products, band and orchestral instruments, commercial audio, guitars, drums
and music production products. Yamaha Corporation of America is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Yamaha Corporation,
Japan, and is the largest of all global subsidiary companies.

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