Audio Production Studio

Audio Prod Studio

For audio studio booking please reserve via LibCal located here.

About the Audio Studio

The Media Commons Audio Studio is a two-room, sound-dampening recording space located on the Lower Level of the Undergraduate Library. The two rooms are joined by a soundproof glass window.

The 12ft by 12ft Control Room is where all of the recording hardware is located. It is equipped with a large desk, two studio quality broadcast style microphones, keyboard and Ableton Push controllers. Record your podcast, set up instruments, edit your audio project or even monitor the talent in the isolation room from here.

The 6ft by 6ft Isolation Room is outfitted with a studio-quality large diaphragm condenser microphone and a pair of headphones. This allows for vocals or a voiceover to be recorded in a separate quiet space. A single person can operate the studio using the touchscreen monitor in the Isolation Room – however, the recording software should be set up using the keyboard and mouse in the Control Room first.

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).

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 STUDIO MACHINE – THE HARD DRIVE MAY BE WIPED AT ANY TIME.

Equipment

  • Two (2) – Shure SM-7 large diaphragm dynamic “Broadcast” microphones (mounted on Rode PSA1 swivel stands)
  • One (1) – sEX1 Large Diaphragm Condenser microphone
  • Two (2) – sE5  Small Diaphragm Condenser microphones (upon request)
  • Two (2) – Shure SM57 dynamic microphones (upon request)
  • MOTU 1248 Audio Interface
  • Focusrite OctoPre (8 additional microphone preamps)
  • Presonus Monitor Station (6 headphone amplifiers)
  • Four (4) – Sennheiser HD280 Studio Headphones
  • One (1) – Ableton Push
  • One (1) – Korg TRITON Taktile 49-key MIDI Keyboard Controller

Software

  • Reaper 5
  • Logic
  • ProTools 12
  • Ableton Live 10
  • Max4Live
  • iZotope RX5
  • Adobe CC 2018
  • Camtasia 2
  • Supercollider 3

Methods of Recording in the Audio Studio

iMac in the Control Room

  • Equipped with Reaper software
  • Best option with an additional person to coordinate the recordings

Monitor in the Live Room

  • Mirror of iMac in Control Room
  • USB hub to copy files located below monitor arm
  • For more informaton on this process email us at mediacommons@illinois.edu

Recording Software

The audio studio 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 Studio 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 STUDIO 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.