IT Tallaght prides itself on top-of-the-range facilities:
Department of Humanities facilities available to MMEA students
The television and video facilities can be divided into three areas; the television studio and control room, the editing workstations and the location kits.
This is a three camera HDSDI studio with vision mixing, record and playback capability plus graphics and sound mixing equipment. On the studio floor, Green Screen and coloured backdrops are available as well as black and green chromakey backdrops on a curved dual rail. A 50 inch LCD TV and dimmer board for the lighting grid on the ceiling complete the TV Set. Additional 42 inch and 60 inch flat screen monitors along with the 50 inch TV are also available for screening, analysis work and vision mixing purposes. Both PC workstations reside in the control room for production graphics and audio mixing.
Three AVID Non-linear Edit workstations (NLEs) running on Apple iMAC and an additional AVID Edit suite on Apple MAC Pro platform offer video editing, audio post production, graphics and titling facilities to High Definition standard. Each suite features a high specification Computer, Computer screen and/or LCD monitor and speakers.
Location camera kits:
Three professional standard definition JVC Video kits, Professional High Definition tapeless format Panasonic P2 camera kit, a Canon 5D Mark III and a Canon 5D Mark II multimedia camera kit are currently available to students for material acquisition. Each kit comprises a dedicated tripod, a supply of rechargeable batteries, boom and radio microphone and headphones. Additional portable and mains operated lighting kits, reflectors and hard disk audio recorder are available on request.
Multimedia Resources and Computing Facilities
This room is equipped with nineteen (Dell) PC’s of high specification and are all networked to dedicated Multimedia storage and access drives. Each computer is identically loaded with industry software: Microsoft Office, latest version of Adobe Creative Cloud Master Collection Suite(CC), 3Ds MAX, Arduino, Blender, Quick Time and Windows Media players.
Radio /Audio Production
The radio facilities encompass a purpose-built radio studio with digital recording and post-production equipment. A separate room also contains 8 digital audio post-production suites (Pro Tools LE 12 and Reason 6) and a mastering suite which includes music recording equipment – Midi Tech Control 25 M.I.D.I. (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) keyboards, drum machines and Pro Tools LE 12. Location recording is undertaken using portable Hard Disk Recorders.
The Institute has 20 Hard Disk Recorder kits available for student work. In addition the OB Unit is dedicated to location programme recording. It consists of a laptop (Aircheck and Reason 6), a Yamaha MG124C Portable Mixer, Headphone DA, MP3 compatible CD player, Microphones, Mic stands and Headphones.
The Radio Studio
The radio studio is a custom built, acoustically treated broadcast quality recording and production studio, featuring a mix of analogue and digital equipment. In the control room, the mixer is a Sonifex analog mixer with four microphone channels hardwired to the connection box in the studio floor, two CD players, two Minidisc player/recorders, one turntable, the Pro Tools LE 12, Wavecart Lite, two five-band parametric equalisers, dynamics processing units, full talkback and foldback capabilities, a Samson amplifier and active near-field monitors, studio warning lights, a tie-line connection box and a patchbay for ease of configuration. It serves as a training and production studio from first to fourth year student activity, and is networked so that digital audio productions may be utilised in other digital media class work. Additional media backups are also locally stored on the PC’s 1TB internal Hard Drive.
The Digital Audio Post-production facility
The digital audio post-production facility is designed as both a stand-alone post-production suite and a mastering resource. Centred around the Yamaha 02R, it contains 2 CD players, one CD-RW recorder, one Minidisc multitrack player/recorder/editor, microphones, a Lexicon MX 300 Multi-FX external effects unit, TC Electronics Finaliser 96 for mastering, dynamics processing and equalisation, a Behringer DEQ2496 Ultra-Curve Pro (Digital Mastering Processor), a Behringer FX2000 3D FX Processor, one Samson Amplifier and monitors and the Motu 16A AVB I/O with Pro Tools 12 package running on PC. This powerful system is augmented by the inclusion of MIDI equipment, forming a highly useful post-production resource and learning environment.
In the Digital Audio Post-Production suite, MIDI (Musical Instruments Digital Interface) equipment is incorporated via a Midi Tech Control 25 Keyboard. This consists of an Akai S3000XL sampler, Alesis SR-16 drum machine, a Roland XV3080 synthesiser module and Reason 6. This system is designed to both facilitate the student’s knowledge of commercial studio equipment and procedures, and to augment their digital media work in other modules, so that professional soundtracks and productions can be completed by the students.
Pro Tools Workstations
Seven additional self-contained audio workstations using Pro Tools 12 software and Propellerhead Reason 6 music creation software together with identical rack mounted equipment (CD player, Minidisc player/recorder, Lexicon MPX1, Yamaha MG10-2 mini sound mixer, headphone amplifier and Midi Tech keyboard), create individual audio production suites on PC for a wide variety of sound tasks.
Photographic activities are undertaken in four areas: Digital Imaging Lab; Black & White Film and Printing Darkroom; Photographic Studio, Print Finishing and Lecture Room, Photography Loan Equipment. These facilities comprise of:
Photographic Studio / Lecture Room
A multi functional room, the Photographic Studio facilitates Studio Work (Practical) and Classroom (Theory) use. It is an artificial light, photographic studio for use with Hasselblad (Medium) Format and Cambo (Large) Format film, and Hasselblad H3D digital camera options.
Two, Bowens, flash head lighting systems can be combined with a white, black and grey, 9ft wide, Manfrotto backdrop system, which can also be accessorised and supported with a range of Bowens lighting and reflector stands; reflectors and tripods. The studio incorporates one Digital Imaging station for viewing / and or tethering from a Hasselblad H3D including PC computer and LaCie CRT screen, Epson flatbed scanner, multi card reader, external storage drive and (upgraded) CS6 suite of software. Ancillary facilities include a number of secure equipment storage cupboards; a copying stand, 35mm projectors for class lectures, print storage and a print finishing area.
- 1 x Portable data projector (1500 Lumens +) DVI in
- 1 x Bowens QuadX 3000 Studio Set (inc generator and 2 flash heads)
- 1 x Bowens Gemini 1000PRO Travel Pak Kit (inc battery and 2 flash heads)
- 1 x Sekonic Flashmate L-308S lightmeter
- 1 x cable release for H3D camera
Digital Imaging Lab
This room is equipped with eight photographic workstations, compromising of 10 bit, 8Gb, multi card reader enabled PC hard drives, each installed with (upgraded) CS6 suite of software, scanning and printing management software.
In addition, each workstation station has a high level, high quality 16-BIT EIZO 24” LCD Monitor with hood. Each PC is connected to a 4800 dpi Epson flatbed / negative / positive film flatbed scanner.
Via a connected network, each workstation has access to the Institute’s shared S Drive for file storage and access. The same network also enables printing from any workstation to a choice of two high quality HP A4 Printers and one Epson 24” 8 Colour printer. With regard to photo finishing the Lab also has a large storage plan chest, trimmer and light box.
- 8 x Workstations (as per spec of those currently in Lab 132 including 10bit enabled PC; Eizo 16-BIT 24” Monitor, Software suite, IT network connection / support etc)
- 2 x Epson Stylus Photo R3000 Compact A3+ Printer – Ultrachrome K3 with Vivid Magenta.
- 1 x Epson Stylus Pro 7900 Professional 24-inch Printer Ultrachrome HDR
- 8 x Epson Perfection V750 Pro Scanner
- 1 x Portable data projector (1500 Lumens +) DVI in
- Correct ‘daylight’ balanced (5000 degrees Kelvin) fluorescent strip lights (includes 2 spare) to be installed.
- 12 x Operator Chairs
Black and White Film and Print Darkroom
This darkroom enables black and white film (35mm to 5”x4”) and print (up to 20”x16” processing with five (Colour Head / Multigrade) Durst enlarger stations and Large Format 5×4 enlarger. Other facilities include a large film drying cabinet, one large darkroom sink, dual red and white light lighting system, Paper and Chemical secure storage area.
Photographic Equipment for Booking and Loan – The Cages
This facility services the Collection and Return of Photographic production equipment for Students including: 20+ Manfrotto & Vivitar 35mm SLR’s; 5 x 12mp Fuji DSLR’s; 20+ tripods; 5 x Polaris Light meters; 3 x Vivitar Bounce Flashes; 1 x Metz Flask Kit; 1 x Bowens Medium Format Kit; 2 x Portable Multiblitz Flash Head kits; plus accessories.
Loan Equipment :
- 12 x Vivitar V3000N 35mm SLR cameras with 50mm f/1.7 lens and cases
Department of Electronic Engineering Facilities available to MMEA students
The Engineering Laboratory Infrastructure
The facilities are designed to foster lecturer-student interaction and to create a climate that encourages professional development and professional activities. The MA in Media and Electronic Arts Programme will provide opportunities for students to learn the use of modern engineering tools. The computing and information infrastructures are in place to support the scholarly activities of the students and the educational objectives of the Programme.
Systems Modelling and Design Laboratories
The Systems Modelling and Design Laboratories provide over 120 high-spec, networked desktops supported by local engineering servers. A full complement of CAD, 3D CAD and SIMULATION software, are provided within these laboratories to support the academic and industrial-based programmes of the Engineering School. In addition, software applications are provided for the teaching of ICT and software design, including MS Visual Studio, MS Visio and MATLAB. As is the case in all Department of Electronic Engineering laboratories, wireless connectivity and PC-based overhead projection facilities provide support for lab-based tutorials and presentations.
Digital/Embedded Systems Laboratory
A wide range of both hardware and software (Labview Multisim, TI MSP430, Arduino, Raspberry Pi and Beagle Bone) development and test tools are provided. In addition, the lab offers twenty, rack-mounted, laboratory workstations, each of which, includes a standard test and measurement suite of instruments and networked PC.
Analogue and Control Electronics Laboratory
The Analogue Electronics Laboratory is a 20-seater laboratory which facilitates instruction and experimental work in the specialist areas of Analogue Electronics, Control Systems, PCB Surface Mount Technology and Fibre Optics. The laboratory consists of 20 workstations typically used for the design, test and debug of analogue circuits and electronic control systems. This lab also allows students to develop practical skills in the area of Surface Mount devices and circuits.
Communications Systems Laboratory
The Communication Systems Laboratory facilitates experimental study in the specialist area of electronic communications systems (telecommunications and datacommunications). Through the provision of state-of-art equipment, the Communications Systems Laboratory offers students hands-on, relevant experience in the areas of wired, and wireless, communications systems design and operation. The laboratory has three main areas of focus: Radio Frequency Transmission, Digital Communications and Data Communications Networks and is fully equipped with a broad range of instruments and systems from industry-leading suppliers such as Agilent, Anritsu, Cisco, Tektronix, Sun and Fluke. The Communications Systems Laboratory also provides a full range of computer network infrastructure equipment (Cisco routers, switches, wireless network devices, VOIP etc.) configured as a stand-alone training network.
The facilities in this laboratory support project work. Electronic Engineering projects include a significant hardware and/or software based element. The laboratory is equipped with 15 workstations, each of which includes a networked PC (with standard (e.g. MS Office etc.) and specialised application software (MATLAB, Labview etc.), and measurement systems. As a member of the IOS Developer University Program (Apple), the Department of Electronic Engineering have established a small development environment for students to develop innovative applications for the IPAD.
TECHNICAL DEVELOPMENT CENTRE (TDC)
The Technical Development Centre (TDC) is an off-campus facility jointly shared by the Departments of Electronic and Mechanical Engineering. Since 2006 the Department of Electronic Engineering has developed the educational facilities and resources at the Centre, the objective of which is to establish a centre of education primarily focused on project based learning. The TDC is very much a hands-on practical facility with a large state-of-art workshop, surrounded by supporting laboratories, classrooms and stores and serves to promote multidisciplinary, team-based project work. The TDC can facilitate the activities of over 100 students during term.
TDC Computer Lab
This is a 20 station PC-based laboratory used by both the Electronic and Mechanical Departments in the School of Engineering. Each station is equipped with industry-standard software packages which facilitate the teaching/instruction in the areas of system design, simulation and analysis. The lab also contains 20 mobile Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) training units, which afford students the opportunity to design and test PLC programs across a range of industrial applications.
TDC – Lab C6
Lab- C6 is a 16-seater laboratory equipped with a full-suite of test and measurement instruments typically used for the design and test of electronic circuits and systems. Each of the 16 stations include a digital storage oscilloscopes (DSO), high-end function generator and power supply unit.
TDC – Lab C7 (Electronic Control and Instrumentation Lab)
Lab-C7 is a 15 station lab which, in addition to a variety of high-end electronic test and measurement instruments, is equipped with training rigs, such as stepper motors, inverted pendulum and conveyor belt systems specifically for use in relation to electronic control systems design and test.
TDC – Lab B4/5 (Physics Lab)
The TDC Physics laboratory can seat up to 30 students and is equipped with a wide range of instruments and training kits used to familiarise students with the fundamental physical science that underpins all aspects of engineering. In this laboratory, the students gain hands-on practical experience in areas such as linear and non-linear systems, light and lasers, acoustics, mechanics and spectrometry.
TDC – Lab B2 (Electric Vehicle Lab)
The EV laboratory is a practical area used for collaborative student projects in the area of Electrical-Vehicle Technology. The EV lab is a practical space which, in addition to standard electrical test, measurement and computing equipment, also includes a mechanical workshop. Students from the Electronic, Mechanical and Energy programmes collaborate on team projects involving the design, construction and test of life-size, energy-efficient, functional electrical vehicles (e.g. single-seater car).