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DMI Equipment Requirements

DMI Student Equipment Checklist

Required Equipment for all BS-MIS majors, BSIS majors with a DMI concentration, and BA-Music majors with an SRT concentration:

  • Intel-Based Apple Laptop Computer (As a DSU student, you will be eligible for Apple’s edcuational pricing.)
  • External Hard Drive (minimum of 320 GB)
  • Stereo Headphones 

Suggested Additional Equipment:

  • Keyboard Controller (DMI has MIDI keyboards available for student use in the DMI building)

 I. Laptop Computer (Required)

 Select from one of the following models:

 Apple MacBook Pro – 13” or 15” 

2.3 GHz dual core Intel Core i5 or i7 processor or greater
4GB of Ram or greater
320 GB 5400 rpm hard drive or greater
Intel HD Graphics 3000 or greater
Built-in battery


II. External Hard Drive (required)

For best performance with external drives and using Avid’s Pro Tools, we suggest having a Firewire 800 external hard drive.  Please note that new MacBook Pro models come equipped with Thunderbolt connectivity instead of Firewire.  In these cases you will need a Thunderbolt to Firewire adapter: (Thunderbolt to Firewire 800 http://store.apple.com/us/product/MD464ZM/A/apple-thunderbolt-to-firewire-adapter)

We recommend Glyph PortaGig50 or G-Tech hard drives with a minimum of 500GB capacity.  Please note it is best practice to backup your data.  Please consider having an additional drive/location that you can backup your data too.  For example making use of OSX Time Machine.

III. Stereo Headphones (required)

Students may use any number of stereo headphones for work in the DMI studios/labs and at home. However, please note the following recommened models for your use as you move into the advanced audio production courses.  (Organized by price low to high)

Stereo Closed-Backed Headphones Recommendations:

Yamaha RH3C
Audio-Technica ATH-M40
Sony MDR-7506
Sennheiser HD 280 PRO
Audio-Technica ATH-M50
AKG K701 Audiophile Headphones
Sennheiser HD 600

USB Keyboard Controller (Suggested)

Students who wish to pursue music production in any form (i.e. songwriting, sound design, hip hop production, etc.) are urged to purchase a keyboard controller for their use at home. The DMI maintains multiple keyboard controllers available for student use in the DMI building. Depending upon your particular needs and keyboard skills, you may wish to investigate the following models:

M-Audio Oxygen 8 v2 

M-Audio Axiom 25

M-Audio Axiom 49 

M-Audio Axiom 61  

As you move to the upper level courses, you may wish to invest in higher quality equipment. Please consult DMI faculty for recommendations based upon your budget.

VI. Additional Software

Due to changing technology, students are encouraged to contact course instructors for specific software requirements prior to registering for classes.