In conjunction with Stevens’ Music & Technology program, which was ranked as the second most innovative college music program in the nation, the Sound Synthesis Research Center provides a number of unique opportunities to the Stevens community.
Led by Carlos Alomar, the SSRC has the support and direction of one of the music industry’s stars. In his illustrious 30-year career, Alomar has worked as David Bowie’s guitarist, co-writer and musical director, and produced or performed with legends like Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Mariah Carey, Tina Turner and Cindy Lauper. He is the recipient of 32 Gold or Platinum records.
The SSRC is home to an extensive array of electronic music instruments and tools, computer systems, and audio processing and engineering equipment – from synthesizers to electronic drums to vocalist technology to iPad pedalboards to guitar MIDI controllers and more. Companies like Panasonic, 3DStereoLab and Keith McMillen Instruments have supported the SSRC with their equipment.
Additionally, the SSRC serves as a rehearsal space for some of Stevens’ unique student musical ensembles such as the Mini-Midi-Magic Orchestra, a guitar synth ensemble that replicates organic instruments and exotic sounds, or the A.C.E., an alternative control ensemble in which students create and perform with their own controllers.