Media Commons
250 Undergraduate Library

Audio Prod Studio

For studio reservation please fill out the form located here.

We will respond within 1 business day of the form submission and we require 4 business days notice in advance of your reservation availabilities.

A member of the Media Commons staff will contact individuals to further discuss the project, equipment needs and dates. Once approved Media Commons staff will be present to assist with the setting up of equipment, shooting the scenes, and instruction on the basics of editing.

Audio Production Studio Policies and Procedures


The Media Commons Audio Booth is a two-room, sound-dampening recording booth located on the Lower Level of the Undergraduate Library. The two rooms are joined by a soundproof glass window. The 6’ by 6’ Control Room contains all of the equipment to get your audio into a computer and send audio back out to headphones in the Live Room. The 12’ by 12’ Live Room is where you make noise for the microphones (note: a single person can operate the studio using an iPad control panel in the Live Room).

Please bring removable media to transfer files after your session (or plan to upload to cloud storage).


  • Two (2) - Shure SM-7 Broadcast Microphones (mounted on Rode PSA1 swivel stands)
  • Apogee Quartet 4-channel Microphone Interface
  • Presonus Monitor Station
  • Three (3) - KRK KNS6400 Studio Headphones
  • Two (2) - Shure SM57 (upon request)

Methods of recording in the Audio Booth

iMac in the Control Room

  • Equipped with Reaper software (Pro Tools 11 available upon request)
  • Best option with an additional person to “man the helm"

iPad in the Live Room

  • Equipped with the Auria recording app (allows export of session to email or dropbox)
  • Best option when everyone present will be recording at the same time

Bring your own Laptop

  • Equipped with whatever software you have
  • Can be connected in either room (noteL will need to download and install the Apogee Quartet drivers)

Tutorials for Audio Studio software/equipment:

Lynda Tutorial - Apogee Quartet: link

Apogee Quartet Manual: link

Lynda Tutorial - Reaper (audio recording software): link

Lynda Tutorial - Auria: link

Presonus Monitor Station Manual: link

NOTE: For links; log in using UIUC credentials via the “log in through your organization or school” box using as the web address when prompted

Responsibilities of Media Commons Staff.

  • The studio will be initially prepared in a clean and efficient manner for ease of use and instruction.
  • A staff member from the Media Commons will also instruct the patron on the basic usage of the audio studio, as well as the workflow for capturing video and audio. This will once again be based on the specific need of the patron.
  • The staff member will assist with moving the data captured from the audio production studio to a hard drive provided by the patron, if desired).
  • If asked, the staff member will instruct the patron on the basics of audio editing (or set up an appointment to do so).

Responsibilities of the Patron using the Video Production Studio

  • Patrons will be responsible for bringing a storage device to save the data once the audio recording is completed (or check out an external drive from the Loanable Technology Center).
  • Patrons will come prepared to record.
  • Patrons will follow instructions of the Staff member regarding care and treatment of the equipment
  • Only individuals needed to record the audio will be allowed in the studio.

Please note that the library is not responsible for any damage that may occur on equipment as a result of media borrowed from the library or used internally.

Future Procedure

The Media Commons is exploring expanded options for the usage of the audio production studio, which may include a training program that certifies regular users access to the room and the equipment.