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:
Suggested Additional Equipment:
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
4GB 1333 MHz
320 GB 5400 rpm
Intel HD Graphics 3000
Built-in battery (7 hours)
II. External Hard Drive (required)
Firewire 400 has faster transfer time than USB 2.0, and ProTools software requires firewire for data storage. The recommended model below has both firewire and USB capabilities.
Firewire 400/800 (strongly recommended)
USB 2.0 (required)
320 GB (minimum)
7200 RPM (minimum required)
G-Tech G-DRIVE 320 GB External hard drive - 800Mbps(FireWire800)/400Mbps(FireWire)/480Mbps(Hi-Sp.USB) - 7200 rpm
III. Stereo Headphones (required)
Students may use any number of stereo headphones for work in the DMI studios/labs and at home. A stereo mini-plug (1/8”) is required for use with the computers in the studios as well as your laptop. However, please note the following recommended models for your use as you move into the advanced audio production courses.
Sennheiser HD 280 PRO
IV. USB Keyboard Controller (Suggested)
Students who wish to pursue music composition in any form (i.e. songwriting, film scoring, 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 see Mr. Iacopelli 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.