Equipment checkout is only for TIMARA majors or for use in TIMARA classes
The TIMARA Server "Manuals" disk has documentation for most of this equipment



A Midi Guitar Instrument. In place of strings there are 6x20 touch pads and 6 trigger pads for strumming/picking. Multitudinous extra pads for programming and performing including 6 rubber drum pads and a joystick.

Zeta String Quartet

Electronic Violins, Viola, and Cello. Includes Amp and the Synthony Synthesizer with MIDI outputs.


Electronic Percussion Marimba. Rubber pads with FSR (Force Sensing Resistors) sensors. Full Synthesizer and MIDI outputs.

Yamaha WX7

A Midi Wind Controller designed along the lines of a clarinet. It outputs Midi signals in response to the player's breath and fingerings to control any Midi synthesizer.

Midi Horn

Another Midi Wind Controller built with brass instrument fingerings. This was designed and built here in Oberlin by John Talbert and Gary Lee Nelson. Professor Nelson has used it extensively in his concerts and compositional work.

PAIA Theremin

Moog Theremini


Theremin, An Electronic Odyssey

1993 Film about the inventor of the Theremin.

Synth Legends

Film featuring Dr. Robert A. Moog, Tom Oberheim and Dave Smith.


Film exploring the nature of sound by Miroslav Sebestik. Features John Cage and Luciano Berio.

Modulations, Cinema for the Ear

Film illuminating the nomadic drift of post-human techno sound.

Kurzweil Sounds

Compiled by Sweetwater for the K2000. We have 5 discs.

Sound Effect CD's

Ten CD's of sound effects with everything from John Glenn's heartbeat to your favorite animal sound. A copy of the list should be in each studio.

Lucas Film Sound Effect CD's

Six CD's of sound effects. High quality sound production.

A Zillion Sounds

Actually, only 2,177 sound FX and music clips in 30 categories, all royalty and license free. Stored in .wav and soundEdit formats.

Footage FX

Nature sounds, people, tools, transportation, scifi, alarms, guns

Architectural Studio Acoustics

Power Point presentation by world renowned Walters-Storyk Design Group.

Recording Equipment

Tascam DR-100 Flash Recorders (10)

Marantz CDR300 Portable CDRom Recorder

M-Audio AudioBuddy mic preamp/direct box

Microphones - Shure SM57, Shure SM58, AT4041, AT2020, AT825 Stereo, AT4029 Shotgun

Blue Microphone Spark Digital (USB and Lightening)

Core Sound Binaural Mic

USB Mic Mate

XLR to USB audio Interface for connecting a Mic directly to a computer

Contact Mics


Eventide H9

Roland/Boss SE70

Alesis Quadraverb

Alesis MidiVerb II

Korg SDD2000 Sampling Digital Delay

Korg A1 Effects with XLR outputs

Delta Labs Effectron ADM1024 Digital Delay

Yamaha VL70m, Physical Modeling Synth

Sound Reinforcement

Mackie SRM450

Powered Monitors. Stands also available.(4)

Mackie SRM150

Small Powered Monitors. (3)

Mackie FreePlay

Two Battery Powered Monitors

Guitar/Instrument Amps

Roland Cube, Ibanez, Roland KC500, Vox, Esteban


8" Powered Monitors. (12)

JBL Eon Subwoofer

A self-powered 15 inch Subwoofer rated at 250 watts.

Hemishphere Speakers by Electrotap

Multichannel and Monaural versions. Floor unit with 6 car speakers arranged in a hemisphere. Includes Amp racks.

Yamaha EMX860st

200 Watt Powered Mixer (8in/2out) with two 15" speakers.

Mackie ProFX8 v2

8-input, 2-output mixer with USB, EQ and Effects.

Mackie CFX12

12-input, 4-output mixer with EQ and Effects.

Mackie 1202 Mixer

Mackie 1604 Mixer

Behringer Eurorack MX2004A Mixer

Optimus SSM-50 Stereo DJ Mixer

Tascam MX-80 Stereo 8-Input Microphone/Line Mixer

Shure LX4 WH10 Wireless Lavalier Microphone

Shure ULX Wireless Headset Microphones (4units)

Lepai 15 Watt Mini Amps

Powered from Lithium Batteries.

Rane Headphone Amp

Midi Synthesizers and Controllers

Yamaha DX7 Keyboard

Ensoniz SQ80 Keyboard

Yamaha S30 Keyboard

Yamaha SY35 Keyboard

Yamaha TX816 Rack with Mixer

Eight DX7 FM Modules in a rack, controlled through MIDI.

Yamaha TX7

One DX7 FM Module in a box, controlled through MIDI.

Roland MT32

General Midi, Multi Timbral, Sound Module.

Keith McMillen QuNeo Controller Pad

Arturia MiniLab (3)

MidiMan Oxygen 49 (2)

A 4-octave keyboard controller with pitch wheel, Mod wheel, 9 data slider, 8 control knobs, switches. USB only connection.

Arturia KeyLab25

Controller with USB MIDI.

Korg Taktile

Controller with USB MIDI.

Akai SynthStation49

A 4-octave keyboard controller with iPad carrier, USB only connection. Serves as a controller for the Akai SynthStation App and other Apps with MIDI control capabilities (such as GarageBand).

Yamaha VL70m Sound Module

Physical modelling synthesizer.

Akai MPD32

MIDI/USB Controller, 8 Sliders, 16 Pushbuttons.

Peavey 1600

Sixteen slide controls and a Data Wheel can be programmed from the 1600 to output any Midi control signals.

Behringer FCB1010 Pedal Unit

Ten Switches and two Continuous Pedal Controllers with Midi merge.

MIDI Pedal

Simple Pedal Switch that outputs MIDI Note On and Off.

MIDI Pedal Unit

Pedal Board with 8Continuous Controller Pedals and 6 switches connected to a built-in MidiTron board for conversion to MIDI.

Behringer BCF2000 Fader Controller

USB/Midi Controller with 8 Faders and other knobs and switches.


Provides 8 Continuous Controller inputs and 8 Switch inputs to be converted to Midi Output by a MIDITRON interface.

Electrotap Teabox

High speed interface for sensors.

Midi Trigger Box

This device, designed here at Oberlin by John Talbert, has 16 trigger I/O's on 1/4 inch phone jacks, one MIDI output, and a remote control sensor. It has two modes of operation:

Trigger-In/MIDI-Out. Grounding any of the 16 input jacks with either a low-going pulse or a switch (connecting tip to sleeve) will result in a MIDI Key-On signal. Releasing the input results in a MIDI Key-Off signal.

Remote Sensor. The unit will respond to a hand-held infra-red remote control. The remote's keys 1 through 9 and 'A' through 'F' have been encoded to initiate MIDI Key-On and Key-Off messages and also negative output pulses on the corresponding trigger jacks.

Midi AC Power Switch

Six AC outlets switched on and off with Midi Note Commands

Roland CP40 Pitch to Midi Converter

Converts the pitch and amplitude of a microphone level signal into Midi control signals.

Alesis DM5 Drum Module

A Midi Drum Module with 12 programmable Trigger Inputs for Piezo-type controllers. Internal Rom samples of percussion instruments for up to 21 drum sets.

Roland Pad-80 DrumPads

Converted Roland PG1000

This is a box with 56 sliders each of which can be programmed to put out Midi signals. An external box expands its capabilities to include 8 external control voltages; useful for converting sensor voltages to Midi signals.

Lemur Touch Pad

Analog Synthesis

Korg MS10 Synthesizer

A small analog synthesizer with a keyboard of two and one-half octaves, two VCO's with frequency modulation, one VCF, and one VCA with an ADSR Envelope generator.

Moog MultiMoog

A small analog synthesizer with a keyboard of three and one-half octaves.


A small analog synthesizer designed by Peter Blasser, a TIMARA Alum.

Akai SynthStation

A 4-octave keyboard controller with iPad carrier, USB only connection. Serves as a controller for the Akai SynthStation App and other Apps with MIDI control capabilities (such as GarageBand).

PAIA Vocoder

An analog vocoder. Takes some twiddling of knobs to get the right settings.


A home-built box with 5 inputs and 4 outputs. Each input signal is ring modulated with its own VCO (Voltage Controlled Oscillator). The VCO's have adjustments for frequency and amplitude.


Another home-built box with three Voltage Controlled Filters. Each filter has separate Low Pass, High Pass, Band Pass, and Notch Filter outputs. Each filter has two control voltage inputs, one for Resonance and one for Cutoff Frequency along with pots for setting the range and offsets of the control voltages.

8 Voltage Controlled Amplifiers

6 Voltage Controlled Filters/2 Audio Exciters

4 Sample and Holds with Random Voltage Source

Paia Theremin


Sensors fall into one of two categories: an on/off switch action such as in a sustain pedal, or a continuous controller such as in a control voltage pedal.

Light Sensors

Four small boxes with light sensors. The outputs are continuous control voltages.

Light Wand

This is a small wand with light sensors at each end working in opposition to each other. Its full continuous voltage range occurs when one end is rotated from light to dark while the opposite is happening at the other end.

Pressure Pads

These are built from a pressure sensitive foam material sandwiched between two metal plates. They put out a rising voltage when squeezed.

Piezo Drum Pads

Piezoelectric sensors output a voltage which is sensitive to changes in pressure. These work with the Roland Octapad or the Alesis DM5.

Foot Switch Pads

We have various flat pads which can fit inconspicuously under rugs or mats. When stepped on its internal switch is closed

Flex Sensor

Bending a 5 inch strip in one direction changes the voltage.

Other Sensors

Accelerometer Chip, Softpot, Servo and Step Motors, Vibration Motor, Solar Cells, Cadmium Cells, Reed Switch, Tilt Switch, Infrared Proximity Switch, FSR Force Sense Resistor, Ultrasonic Sensor, Capacitive Sensor, PIR

Arduino Boards and Pic Basic Boards.

Arduino MIDI Unit

Box with Arduino, MIDI In/Out interfaces, 2 control voltage inputs on 1/4" jacks (0 to 5 volts), USB Connection for programming.

Raspberry Pi

Video Equipment

Canon 7D SLR Camera

Canon Vixia HFG10

Canon Vixia HFG20

Zoom Q2HD

GoPro Hero4 Black

Logitech QuickCam Pro 9000

Web cameras with USB connection, Microphone and auto focus. Works as a live video source for Max/MSP/Jitter and Isadora.

MicroView USB Microscope

Sharp Projectors 255, 325, PG-M10

Projection Screen 8.5' x 14'

With both front and rear projection screens.

Projection Screen 10.5' x 14.3'

With both front and rear projection screens.

Tripod Projection Screen 6' diagonal

Front projection

VGA Distributor

For distributing a single VGA image to several monitors. We have a couple 1-in/2-out units and a larger 1-in/8-out unit. <

Composite Video Effects Box

Twiddle knobs to add effects such as inversion, posterization, solarization and tint to an NTSC video signal. Good for live video manipulation.

Computers and Interfaces

17" MacBook Pro, same software as TIMARA Lab Computers

G4 PowerBook Mac with System9.2.2 (Hard Drive Collection of CDRom Titles)

Single Board Computers - Arduino, RaspberryPi, PicAxe

MOTU Ultra Lite

Firewire sound interface with 8 inputs and outputs. Also includes a Midi Interface.


Firewire sound interface with 4 mic inputs and 4 outputs.

MOTU 896 Mk3

Firewire sound interface with 8 mic inputs and 8 outputs. Also includes a Midi Interface.

USB Mic Mate

XLR to USB audio Interface for connecting a Mic directly to a computer

iPod Touch (2)

iPad (4)

Decibel, dB Meter Pro, Tone Gen Pro, Freqtune HD, Remote, Remote Mic, Mrmr, OSCemote, Touch OSC, Remokon, Konkreete Performer, Garage Band, Alchemy, Core Synth HD, Sunrizer, Tabletop Synth.

MOTU MicroLite Midi Interface

5 in, 5 out.

iConnectMIDI2+ Midi Interface

2 in, 2 out, with USB and/or iPad connections.

Miscellaneous Equipment

TOA SM-25M Floor Monitor

Small 25 Watt wedge monitor with Mic or Line inputs.


With magnetic needle cartridge and USB phono amp.

Roland Keyboard Amp

Amp on wheels with line level inputs.

Proel Foot Pedals

Simple volume pedal with 1/4 inch signal-in and signal-out jacks.

Remote Controlled AC Switch

Switch an AC outlet on or off from a remote control.

Dayton Sound Exciters (6)

Vibrators powered from any headphone amp.

Old Mac Mics (5)

9v Battery powered mics with line level outputs, phone or miniphone connection.

Stands -- for keyboards, laptops, iPads, mics, cameras