Computer & Gear

Students are expected to bring and work from their own laptop or mobile workstation. If you have any questions about the suitability of your system please contact us before your arrival. Laptops are expected to have the following: MIDI sequencing software (DAW), notation software, a MIDI keyboard controller, and quality headphones or speakers. 



Sounds LibRaries

Students should have sufficient sound libraries in their workstation to illustrate their ideas. For the final recording session, some additional libraries (particular sounds that you may not have) can be made available to you by our staff.  Microphones and audio interfaces will be on hand for those desiring to record special live instrumental tracks or sound design elements prior to the final recording date.



Notation Software

It is expected that the participant has, and and is proficient at, a digital notation software such as Sibelius or Finale. You will be provided with templates of the ensemble for the recording session and you will work with our faculty to create industry standard scores and parts. You’ll even learn how to properly tape and assemble your scores and parts. If you rely on notation built into your DAW or use another program like MuseScore, don’t worry, we can accommodate that too.

PFMW faculty and staff will be available to guide you through every step of the scoring process. Collaboration is an integral part of the profession and a principal part of the PFMW philosophy. Participants are encouraged to assist their fellow composers with technical issues that may arise.
— Larry Groupé • PFMW Founder, Director