Duderstadt

Costumes by Design

This design exhibit features a selection of costumes from plays, musicals, opera and dance from the 2013-14 season, created by students and the costume artisans of University Productions, as well as pieces recently donated to the school's Historic Costume Collection.

Event Information

Dates
October 7th through October 17th
Location
Duderstadt Center Gallery
Location Information
Event Type
Exhibit

Film Forward: The Rocket

Still from The Rocket

Join us for a screening of The Rocket. A boy who is believed to bring bad luck leads his family and a couple of ragged misfits through Laos to find a new home.

Event Information

Date & Time
September 19, 2014 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Location
Video Studio, Duderstadt Center, North Campus
Series
Film Forward Series
Event Type
Film

Film Forward: Dancing in Jaffa

Image of children dancing on a rooftop
Still from the film Dancing in Jaffa

Join us for a screening of Dancing in Jaffa followed by discussion with director Hilla Medalia.

In this documentary, renowned ballroom dancer Pierre Dulaine takes his belief that dance can overcome political and cultural differences and applies it to 11-year-old Jewish and Palestinian Israelis. What occurs is magical and transformative.

Event Information

Date & Time
September 25, 2014 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Location
Video Studio, Duderstadt Center, North Campus
Series
Film Forward Series
Event Type
Film

Video Studio

Room 1356, Duderstadt Center
2281 Bonisteel Boulevard
Ann Arbor, MI
(734) 764-5319 (p)
The Video Studio is a performance and studio space that suppports and extends the capabilities of the labs and studios throughout the Digital Media Commons.
 
The space can be used for filming green screen squences, recording motion capture data or experimenting with projection mapping — to name just a fraction of the possibilities.
 
As a performance space, it can seat up to 90 people (depending on the size of the stage, set pieces, etc.).
 
Video Studio projects are typically experimental or academic, representing learning, research or teaching across the disciplines. They explore new media tools and strategies, new roles for technology in the performing arts, and new ways of combining elements from disparate fields.
 

Expertise


Digital Media Commons staff members often assist in projects as technicians, tutors, consultants or even collaborators. Expertise is available in a wide range of areas, including instructional design, audio or video production, sound or lighting design, technical directing, stage directing, and stage managing.
 

Work with Us

Interested in using the Video Studio? The studio may be reserved by members of the university community who have filled out an application.

Samples of productions developed and performed in the Video Studio can be seen on the DMC's YouTube channel.

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USE Lab

The USE Lab is a community of scholars whose shared goal is to investigate how instructional technologies and digital media are used to innovate teaching, learning, and collaboration. Members of the lab come from several programs at Michigan, including information, education, psychology, survey research, and the professional schools (e.g., medical education). The USE Lab is committed to providing a significant contribution to scholarship about learning at Michigan and in the broader field as well by building an empirical evidentiary base for the design and support of technology rich learning environments. The USE Lab is supported by funding through the University of Michigan Library.
 
The USE Lab has developed associations with other groups involved in learning technology throughout the Michigan community.  Beyond the Digital Media Commons, the USE Lab works with or is a member of theTeaching & Technology Collaborative (TTC), the Teaching, Learning & Technology (TLT) Program, the Center for Research on Teaching and Learning (CRLT), Merlot, CARAT, and the U-M Library User Experience Department.
 
Outside of the University of Michigan, the USE Lab has partnered with several other individuals and institutions to further the collective research agenda. Many of these partnerships have been fostered by Michigan's leadership in the Sakai Project, a community-source software suite of learning, portfolio, library, and project tools, and have led to successful projects such as the Sakai Multi-Institutional Survey Initiative (MISI).
 
 
Other sites of interest:
 
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GroundWorks Media Lab

Room 1315, Duderstadt Center
2281 Bonisteel Boulevard
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2094
(734) 647-5739 (p)

Hours this week:

SundayOpen 24 Hours
MondayOpen 24 Hours
TuesdayOpen 24 Hours
WednesdayOpen 24 Hours
ThursdayOpen 24 Hours
FridayOpen 24 Hours
SaturdayOpen 24 Hours

GroundWorks is a walk-in, self-serve media lab with hardware and software for creating, editing and converting audio and video recordings. It is open any time the Duderstadt Building is open.

Staff consultants are available to help you from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, and noon to 9 p.m. on Sunday. 

The lab features:

  • Mac and PC workstations
  • DVD recorders
  • CD/DVD duplicators
  • document scanners
  • video dubbing equipment
  • hardware and software for audio and video editing

See a full list of supported media and formats.

Groundworks also offers:

  • a broad range of online audiovisual and design software tutorials on lab computers via our subscription to lynda.com
  • a self-contained digital audio recording booth for voice or a single instrument (brief orientation required) 
  • large format poster printing (weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., fee: $9 per linear foot + tax) 

Plase note, the lab may be used to work on personal projects, but users are asked to give priority to those working on academic and professional endeavors.

Learn How

Schedule free training to learn Final Cut Pro and iMovie video editing software, or take a workshop on creating eye-catching conference posters. 

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Emerging Technologies Group

 

 

The Emerging Technologies Group enables the development and integration of leading-edge technologies into U-M Library’s Specialized Labs and the unique spaces at the Duderstadt Center. The responsibilities of the group include advancing and supporting the systems and infrastructure of the DMC and helping develop the programs needed to support faculty and students.
 
The group consists of both full-time staff and numerous specially skilled students that are practitioners and experts and support faculty, staff and students by:
 
  • Consulting on the development and manipulation of animations and projection mapping systems.
  • Developing high throughput systems for storage and delivery.
  • Assisting faculty with content development for new instruction delivery systems like MOOCS and eBooks.
  • Assisting in the building and maintaining connected learning environments like Design Labs and Studios.
  • Developing workshops on various tools and methodologies.
  • Consulting on programming languages and development tools.
  • Working closely with other campus units to leverage shared resources.
  • Tracking and testing game changing technologies on the horizon.
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Electronic Music Studios

Room 1376, Duderstadt Center
2281 Bonisteel Boulevard
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2094

Hours this week:

SundayOpen 24 Hours
MondayOpen 24 Hours
TuesdayOpen 24 Hours
WednesdayOpen 24 Hours
ThursdayOpen 24 Hours
FridayOpen 24 Hours
SaturdayOpen 24 Hours

The Electronic Music Studios include two state-of-the art recording laboratories that facilitate a broad range of activities and research including: electronic music composition, recording experimentation, mixing audio to motion picture, scientific investigation and acoustics studies.

Studios A and B may be used separately or combined for expanded capabilities — allowing one to function as a control room while the other acts as a tracking space.

The studios may be reserved by U-M students, faculty and staff who have completed the requisite training courses.

Studio A

EMS A has an API 1608 console in addition to Euphonix control surfaces that allow users to mix, match and adopt any combination of analog and digital workflow that suits their needs. Moreover, the studio is equipped with various analog and digital outboard gear as well as software plug-ins to aid users with their research.

EMS A is not only good for musical endeavors, but it is also arranged in a manner that easily facilitates mixing audio to motion picture.

The room has a centrally located 46-inch display, in addition to two 24-inch computer monitors — that put the digital audio workstation and motion picture controls within easy reach.

Following technological trends in audio and video, the studio is set up in 5.1 surround sound allowing users to experiment in both stereo and surround domains when working on audio or video projects.

Studio B

EMS B is a one-of-a-kind studio boasting the world's first 7.1/8.0 analog console.

The centerpiece of the room is a 32-channel API Vision console that is set up for stereo, 5.1, 7.1 and 8.0 surround sound.

With just the push of a few buttons, users can hone their skills using traditional formats, as well keep up with the latest trends such 7.1 Blu-ray standard audio and cutting edge 8.0 electronic music composition.

Users will also find that the studio is a great room for editing, mixing and mastering audio because of the dual fader console, onboard and outboard gear, software plug-ins and multiple sets of speakers.

The console has:

  • two layers, each with 32 faders
  • eight graphic equalizers
  • 24 parametric equalizers
  • 32 compressors

Furthermore, the studio contains a host of outboard analog and digital gear, including an Eventide H8000fw and a TC Electronic System 6000 II with mastering and surround packages that features a 8.0 reverb program.

Studio Help

For help with studio issues, please contact dmcaudiohelp@umich.edu.

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Design Labs

Rooms 1321 & 3360, Duderstadt Center
2281 Bonisteel Boulevard
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2094

Hours this week:

SundayClosed
Monday12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Thursday12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Friday12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
SaturdayClosed

The DMC’s Design Labs are creative learning environments that support initiatives to bridge disciplines, build networks and discover new contexts for scholarship. The most important resource you’ll find here are the student content experts: the consultants who lead learning and research activities.  Looking for hard-to-find expertise, or a collaborator? Drop in. 

Design Lab 1

Design Lab 1 hosts an academic community centered in making, with an emphasis on aesthetics. Animators, videographers, musicians and sound engineers, motion scientists, robotics engineers, programmers, gamers and designers collaborate to explore the practical and expressive potential of new tools, technologies and aesthetic directions at the convergence of digital and physical space.  

Design Lab 3

Design Lab 3 is a new learning space, with an emerging base community. Its modular furniture, whiteboards, sketchpads and high-end workstations loaded with data visualization and modeling software attract entrepreneurs, architects and product designers — who are using the lab for ideation in connection with the library’s data resources, as well as the UM3D Lab’s prototyping tools.

Electronics Workbench

The Electronics Workbench is a small room near Design Lab 1 that houses components and hand tools for prototyping electronics projects. Access is granted to anyone following an orientation (two 2-hour sessions), until we have reached capacity per semester. Begin by emailing electronics-wb-requests@umich.edu

Get Involved

There's always something going on in the Design Labs.   Watch “Events and Exhibits” in our news feed or check the DL1 calendar and DL3 calendar for details.

Electronic Lunch is our long-standing collaborative project group, attracting participants from the Ann Arbor and Detroit maker communities as well as various campus disciplines. It meets at noon on Fridays in Design Lab 1 during the academic term. New participants are always welcome. Join our email group to stay up-to-date.

During Fall 2014, The Michigan Animation Club meets at 6 p.m. Friday evenings in DL1, and a new interest group is meeting regularly to learn Touch Designer techniques on Fridays at 1 p.m. (following Electronic Lunch).

Schedule an Event

We welcome short and long-term events and projects that put our resources to good use and bring new ideas and resources into the mix. If you would like to bring an event to a Design Lab, we encourage you to call or drop in to speak with a consultant first, to be sure we can meet your needs.

Special Access Requests

Find out more about requesting special access.

See the Research

Design Lab 1 has been a “sandbox,” an “experimental classroom”, a “makerspace,” and a “connected learning environment,” but mostly, it has been evolving — for over a decade. In recent years, we have maintained an ongoing mixed-method study of the people who use the lab and the activities taking place. Beginning Fall 2014, we are also observing Design Lab 3.

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Audio Studio

Room 1335, Duderstadt Center
2281 Bonisteel Boulevard
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2094

Hours this week:

SundayOpen 24 Hours
MondayOpen 24 Hours
TuesdayOpen 24 Hours
WednesdayOpen 24 Hours
ThursdayOpen 24 Hours
FridayOpen 24 Hours
SaturdayOpen 24 Hours

The Audio Studio is an audio laboratory set up in the style of a recording studio. The resources are intended to encourage experimentation and research, and develop skills and techniques in audio production.

Facilities

The studio consists of five rooms: the control room, main tracking room, two isolation booths, and an amp room. It has been set up with the resources to explore stereo recording, surround recording and surround recording with height.

Equipment

The studio is equipped with an API Vision console and set up for full 5.1 surround sound mixing as well as listening.

It includes:

  • 48 channels
  • 96 faders
  • 32 microphone pre-amps
  • 32 parametric qualizers
  • 16 graphic equalizers
  • 24 compressors
  • surround buss compressor

The studio is also equipped with a large selection of outboard gear including compressors, equalizers, and reverberation units. 

Get Trained

Certification to use the Audio Studio is the fourth and final step in the audio software and facilities training sequence.

To be certified to use the Audio Studio, you must first be trained to use the Electronic Music Studios and take a multi-session training course for the Audio Studio.
 

Reserve the Studio

Certified users can reserve the room through our online reservation system.

Work with Us

Faculty and graduate students who would like to work on a recording project with one of the DMC's audio engineers, are requested to submit an Audio Recording Project Support Request Form.

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