Admin Office Moving

    Just a reminder that our Admin Office is moving to EV8.465 and we will be closed during this process from June 30th to July 6th, 2015 but staff will still be responding to email during this time.

    Concordia Summer Fridays

    A reminder to everyone that Concordia summer Fridays start next week, June 12 and go to August 14th.
    We will be closing at 1pm on these 10 Fridays.


    Operating Changes

    As was recently announced, there will be some operational changes to how equipment is supported and how you will get access:

    • Portable Equipment: will continue to be managed by Fine Arts, booked with PIR and picked up and returned at the CDA depot.
    • Audio/Video (Edit Suites, Recording Studio, Screening Room): will continue to be managed by Fine Arts – no changes.
    • Rapid Prototyping: the Laser Cutter, 3D Printer and 3D Scanner will be moved into the CTC shops on the 8th floor of the EV. These resources will be supported by Fine Arts and so Fine Arts graduate students and faculty will continue to have access but in order to facilitate this move, this equipment will need to be shutdown for short time this summer. Dates will be posted when we know more.
    • Black Box and Production Studio: will continue to be managed by Fine Arts although there will be some updates to the booking process.
    • Digital Imaging: will be managed by the Hexagram Institute after June 30th. They will announce details at a later date.
    • Textiles: will be managed by the Hexagram Institute after June 30th. They will announce details at a later date.
    • Resource Center, Temp Labs and Study Rooms: will be managed by the Hexagram Institute after June 30th. They will announce details at a later date.
    • Access: will be for all Fine Arts graduate students and faculty as well as those associated with the Hexagram Institute or TAG.

    Additionally, after June 30th we will be moving our administrative office to the 8th floor, EV8.465. This will be the new location where you can pay invoices, register or get info about resources. Further details will be posted as they develop.

    Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
    Joel Taylor

    PIR sync failed again

    PIR is offline again and staff are looking into it. I appears the sync failed again last night.

    I will update the post once I have more information.



    PIR Login Issues Resolved

    The recent PIR login issues are now resolved. The server failed to sync to active directory. Sorry for any inconvenience.


    PIR Login Issues

    We are experiencing some problems with PIR logins. It is being looked at and we hope to get it back online as soon as possible.



    Recording Studio & Quiet Room Orientation

    Recording Studio & Quiet Room Orientation

    Date:   Quiet Room Orientation  Friday, April 10,  1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

        Recording Studio Orientation  Friday, April 10, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

    Description: Two brief Orientation sessions for Users interested in working with the FAR Recording Studio. The Recording Studio’s Quiet Room is an acoustically isolated two-room facility with equipment for simple, single microphone recording projects. The Recording Studio  is a full recording studio for experienced users for recording music, film, sound design and experimental projects. It features a variety of excellent preamplifiers, compressors and equalization hardware to compliment a variety of high studio grade microphones. This orientation session is for users curious about using either of these facilities.

    Topics covered for interested Quiet Room users:

    • Studio orientation and configuration
    • Simple Vocal Recording with the Studio vocal microphone
    • Single track hard-disk recording with the Studio recorder.
    • Preparing for simple recording projects
    • Users will be granted Quiet Room accreditation – allowing them to book and use the facility via PIR.

    Topics covered for the interested Recording Studio users include:

    • Discuss future recording projects with the Studio Coordinator
    • Discuss Studio Access accreditation and procedures with the Studio Coordinator
    • Demonstrations of Studio Microphones and Hardware.

    Location: FAR Recording Studio EV 10-615

    Instructor: Douglas Moffat

    Prerequisites: No previous experience required to attend the Orientation, but Users are encouraged to review the guidelines for full studio access

    Registration Limit:  This workshop is open to all registered Fine Arts Researchers, Research Assistants, Faculty and Graduate Students.

    To register or for any questions, please contact Douglas Moffat at



    Concordia Holiday Closures

    Just a reminder that Concordia will be closed on both Friday April 3rd and Monday April 6th.
    Workstations will be available to book during this time but you may need to have picture ID in order to enter the building.

    Official Announcement


    WORKSHOP: Introduction to the Surround Studio



    WORKSHOP: Introduction to the Surround Sound Studio

    Location: FAR Surround Studio EV 10.724

    Instructor: Douglas Moffat

    Description: The Surround Studio is a flexible multi-channel sound facility suitable for mixing and editing for music production, post-production, sound installation, TV and film/video scoring.

    This workshop covers principles of surround sound production and provides the participant with the necessary skills to begin working with multi-channel sound in FAR’s Surround Studio.

    Topics covered include:

    • Studio orientation and configuration
    • Surround sound concepts and terminology
    • Preparing for multi-channel projects
    • Setting Up the Patch Bay
    • Pro Tools HD hardware and software
    • Configuring a Session for stereo and 5.1
    • Working with multi-channel media
    • Editing and mixing workflow for multi-channel projects
    • Setup for working to picture
    • Exporting and backing-up projects
    • Considerations for surround playback
    • Beyoncé’s eighteenth grammy award.

    Date:  Thursday, March 12, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

    Prerequisites: Experience working with Pro Tools and digital audio is recommended.

    Registration Limit: 5 participants per session. This workshop is open to registered Fine Arts Researchers, Research Assistants, Faculty and Graduate Students. To register or for any questions, please contact Douglas Moffat at

    Workshop: Introduction to the Laser Cutter

    (Please read full post before signing up!)

    - This ninety-minute workshop provides a brief demonstration of the Trotec Speedy 500 Laser Cutter / Engraver. The entire process from file preparation to final cutting will be covered.
    - Workshops will be conducted in groups of a maximum of 4.
    - To register or for more information, please contact Marc Beaulieu, F-A Research Facilities Rapid Prototyping Lab Coordinator at
    - In order to register for the workshop, please be sure to include: your full name, employee or student ID & the name and date of the workshop.

    Rapid Prototyping Lab EV.10-835

    Workshop times:

    All workshops are full.

    Tuesday, March 17th @ 10:30 – 12:00 (Morning Session)   FULL
    Tuesday, March 17th @ 13:00 – 14:30  (Afternoon Session)   FULL

    **Note: You must be Registered with F-A Research Facilities before signing up for this workshop.