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The Music and Entertainment Technology Laboratory (MET-lab) is devoted to research in digital media technologies that will shape the future of entertainment, especially in the areas of sound and music. The MET-lab's primary research focuses on the following music and entertainment applications:

  • Music production and playback technology: The iPod and digital downloads have changed when and where we experience music. In the near future, the impact of digital technology on how music is produced, created, and performed will be even more dramatic.
  • Machine listening and music information retrieval: Computers are great at recording, editing, and playing audio, but they can’t tell you much about the sound itself. How can we teach machines to really listen? Can they help organize our ever growing personal music collections?
  • New music interfaces: It generally takes years to learn to play a musical instrument. This research looks at creating simpler and more intuitive interfaces that enable people to start making music without prior experience.

The MET-lab is also heavily involved in outreach programs for K-12 students and hosts the Summer Music Technology program, a one-week learning experience for high school students.

The lab provides a test-bed for research advancing the state of the art in digital music production and rendering, sound modeling, voice analysis and synthesis, and music information retrieval. The lab is equipped with a variety of equipment for experimental sound recording and processing, including:

  • A sound isolation booth for music and audio recording and data collection.
  • An iMac-based digital audio workstation with an automated control surface.
  • Studio-quality microphones, headphones, and monitors for sound input and output.
  • A large RAID fileserver for audio data storage.
  • A small computation cluster for large-scale audio processing.

Current lab personnel

Current research projects

Our location

The MET-lab is located in the Bossone Enterprise Research Center on the campus of Drexel University on Market Street (between 31st and 32nd):

3120 Market Street
Room 405
Philadelphia, PA 19104

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