CCRMA User's guide
CCRMA is an acronym for the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics it is pronounced "karma" (the first "c" is silent). CCRMA is an interdisciplinary center which is part of the Music Department at Stanford University. From its beginnings in the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratories of the 1960s, CCRMA has tried to maintain an open and friendly environment. Nearly all of the resources are shared among researchers, faculty, and students in cooperation with each other. The number of people interested in working at CCRMA has grown faster than the facilities, and so it is especially important that all CCRMA-lites respect one another, and help to maintain an environment in which all of us can be productive and creative. This guide is an attempt to outline some of the policies and procedures - "rules to live by" - that will hopeful help us to maintain this cooperative environment.
Of course it is impossible to legislate "good citizenship" or a complete code of conduct because no list of rules can cover all possible cases. Really, when in doubt, follow these three simple ideas:
(1) Don't do anything that you wouldn't want someone else to do to you
(2) NEVER change ANY wiring in ANY studio for any reason (see a staff member for this) and
(3) ALWAYS make sure you lock doors and windows if you are the last to leave the building.
See also the Frequently Asked Questions document for more information about the CCRMA environment, and especially the computing facilities.
General Use of the facility
In return for use of the facility, we ask that you be respectful of the CCRMA community and work in a cooperative manner. Projects involving heavy use of CCRMA resources should be approved by a CCRMA staff person ahead of time. In general, see Jay Kadis or Fernando Lopez-Lezcano to make arrangements. To sign-up for the use of a studio or audio equipment, please see Jay Kadis.
Equipment should NEVER be moved, rewired, or rearranged without permission. Please note also that the default mode for all room air conditioners is that they should be ON. If you leave a room with air conditioning, please be sure that the system is on.
Most workstations and many audio set-ups are protected by a fiber-optic alarm system. If this equipment is moved without proper procedures, an alarm will go off at CCRMA and at the police department. If you need to move any of this equipment, please find Jay, Fernando, or Julius. If an occasion occurs where you have to move other equipment for a short period of time in order to complete some work and you are not able to find a staff person, please send a message to Jay and leave a note as to where you have moved the particular piece of equipment. You are also required to put whatever you move back where it belongs after you use it. Before moving anything, you should also check to make sure that you are not disturbing someone else's work.
In general, if you have a problem with something, please see a staff person: Vibeke Cleaver - general administration; Jay Kadis - audio equipment, studios, and MacIntosh administration; Fernando Lopez Lezcano - network, NeXT, Linux, and SGI administration.
If you haven't already, please take a minute to familiarize yourself with the list of Frequently Asked Questions about CCRMA.
Computer accounts and other computer facility access privileges are granted to individuals only. You may use only your own account and access privileges you may not grant permission to any other person to use them.
Who is Who at CCRMA?
Once you are a registered CCRMA user you will be given an entrance code to the building. This will give you access to the building at night and on the weekends. Do not give this personal code to ANYONE (we mean it!). If you make appointments to meet people here at the Knoll, please arrange to open the door for them.
NEVER prop open the outside doors open or give out your code. If you see an outside door propped open, close it immediately.
Please do not let people into the building during off hours if you do not know them. You can call the police by taking a free external line (press any one of the top five buttons that is not lighted in one of the digital telephone sets) and dialling "9911".
The ballroom, classroom, and studios at CCRMA also have a general access and alarm code. This code changes periodically. You must receive this code directly from Jay Kadis.
Please make sure that all windows or doors are closed if you are the last to leave a work area, and turn on the alarm if the area has one. If you are not sure if you are the last one in the area, please take a moment to check, and if you find someone, tell them you are leaving so that they can take responsibility for closing doors and windows and turning on the alarm.
There are four separate security systems active at CCRMA: three access systems and a fiber optic equipment security system in areas that are not covered by the access systems.
The mainbuilding access system uses individual or group access codes to enter the building from outside. Each user or group has its own number for this system.
Trailer B has a common code for its combination lock entrance doors.
Inside the building, some areas have zone intrusion alarm systems which must be armed when no one is in the room: these areas include the ballroom, the classroom and classroom annex, the Maxlab, the MIDI studio and Studios D and E. These areas use a common code which everyone may use to turn the system on and off and to allow access. The recording studio and control room can be accessed by the same code but have no intrusion alarm.
The last system is a fiber optic loop which threads physically through equipment. The system detects any break in the continuity of the loop and immediately sends an alarm. In order to move the protected equipment, it is necessary to have a staff member disarm the system.
Phones and Fax
The Stanford phone directory has instructions on using the Stanford phone system. Local calls are free. If you need to call long distance, please obtain and use your own personal long distance calling card from one of the long distance companies such as AT&T or MCI.
To place a phone call first get dial tone by taking a free external line (press one of the top five keys in the phone set that is not lighted). Dial your number at once if you are calling within stanford (number of the form x-xxxx). Otherwise press "9" to access a second dial tone and a real external line. After that you can call locally for free.
You can call another ccrma phone by pushing one of the appropriately labelled direct connection buttons or by pressing the "INTERCOM" key followed by the 3 digit number of the extension you're trying to reach.
Please note that all phone sets are digital! You cannot connect a modem or any other analog phone related equipment to the line. Doing so will probably damage your equipment and/or CCRMA's small PABX.
The analog phone connected to the fax machine is just for giving feedback to the caller when sending faxes manually; it should not be used for placing external calls. Please use the phone in the lobby.
It is common courtesy to realize that the network printers are a community resource. It is customary that if you need to print more than 50 pages of a document, please do so during evenings or weekends, or at the Campus Copy Center or at a commercial vendor. Otherwise you will tie up the printers for too long.
ID Cards and passes
CCRMA follows the custom of many shared refrigerators: if food is unmarked, it is free for anyone to eat. This means you should clearly mark your food with your name and the date. The CCRMA staff reserves the right to throw away (or eat) any unmarked food, any dirty dishes, or any food that appears to be too old. (This is not an invitation for you to let food just rot in the refrigerator please be attentive and throw out any food that is beginning to grow fuzzy life forms.) CCRMA provides spring water in a cooler near the front entrance, but to be ecology-minded, please bring your own reusable cup. Also, please bring your own mug for coffee or tea and dishes if you plan to eat at CCRMA. Please note that paper cups do leak after a while. Be careful not to leave a half empty (or half full) cup on a wood desk. The many circular stains on them will (maybe) remind you.
Again, please follow common sense: don't leave dirty dishes in the sink and if you make a mess in the microwave or the refrigerator, please clean it up. In fact, if you see a mess that isn't yours, please clean it up - this makes it nicer for everyone.
CCRMA has a small reference library which is located in room 301, the only room authorized for use on the third floor. This is a reference library only - books and journals should not leave the premises, but may be copied using the copier on the second floor. Meetings and seminars are sometimes held in the library. A key is available from Heidi for the book cabinet. Those people who will be using the library extensively may check out a key for an extended period of time.
The computers at CCRMA are all intended to be "general use" and are available to authorized users on a "first-come, first-served" basis. Unfortuntately, due to lack of space, we have had to place a few of these "community use" computers on top of desks that are assigned to particular people. Common sense should prevail here. If the person who "owns" a desk arrives and someone is using the computer on the desk, the desk owner can ask the computer user to move, provided there is another computer available somewhere.
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