About the Self-Use Audio Booth
The Media Commons Audio Booth is a one room self-use audio recording facility designed to record one person at a time. Within the Audio Booth there is a desk with a computer as well as a small, vocal isolation booth.
You can find instructions on how to operate the Audio Booth here:
Self-Use Audio Booth Operating Instructions
Please bring removable media to transfer files after your session (or plan to upload to cloud storage). DO NOT RELY ON LONG-TERM STORAGE OF FILES ON THE AUDIO BOOTH MACHINE – THE HARD DRIVE MAY BE WIPED AT ANY TIME.
PLEASE NOTE: The Audio Booth is unstaffed. If you need to schedule an in-person orientation, please use the form located here (please be aware that this will require several days advance notice and an initial response may take up to two business days).
- Neumann TLM102 Large Diaphragm Condenser microphone
- Audient iD4 Audio Interface (1 Microphone Preamp)
- Two (2) – Sennheiser HD280 Studio Headphones
Methods of Recording in the Audio Booth
The PC at the desk outside the Vocal Booth:
- Set up Reaper session before entering the booth
- Create Project file
- Prep track for vocal recording
- Add any background tracks
- Edit audio after recording
- Transfer files after recording
The touchscreen monitor in the Vocal Booth:
- Mirror of PC on the desk
- Allow for the operations of Reaper while recording
- Record, Stop, Playback
- Add new tracks
- Mute, Solo and change track volume levels
The audio booth utilizes Reaper audio recording software. Reaper is available to download for free here: https://www.reaper.fm/download.php
If you would like to familiarize yourself with Reaper before visiting, please refer to the following tutorials.
- Reaper User Interface and Basic Editing
- Reaper User Interface and Basic Editing (Part 2)
- Recording Multiple Takes
- Recording Multiple Takes (Part 2)
Policies and Procedures
- Patrons must bring their I-Card and present it to Tech Desk staff at the time of their confirmed reservation in order to check out the Audio Booth key
- Patrons should bring a storage device (preferrably USB 3 or higher) to save the data once the audio recording is completed (or check out an external drive from the Loanable Technology desk). DO NOT RELY ON LONG-TERM STORAGE OF FILES ON THE AUDIO BOOTH MACHINE – THE HARD DRIVE MAY BE WIPED AT ANY TIME.
- Patrons should come prepared to record.
- Patrons should exercise respect and care in the use of the equipment.
- Only individuals involved in recording audio are allowed in the studio.
- NO FOOD OR DRINKS (with the exception of a water bottle) WILL BE ALLOWED.
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.