audiobooth

Audio Prod Studio

About the Self-Use Audio Booth

For self-use audio booth reservation please reserve via LibCal located here.

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 Studio 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).

Equipment

  • Neumann TLM102 Large Diaphragm Condenser microphone
  • Audient iD4 Audio Interface (1 Microphone Preamp)
  • Two (2) – Sennheiser HD280 Studio Headphones

Software

  • Reaper
  • OBS

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

Recording Software

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.

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.