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Audio Production Rooms

Reserve an Audio Production Room (EL2451A/B) to create podcasts, record interviews, and edit audio and multimedia projects. Make use of professional software and equipment for up to 4 hour periods.  

Getting Started

As of July 2020, the Audio Production Rooms are closed while we make repairs and install new equipment to better serve Mount Royal students and employees. Check back for updates.

 

After booking a suite online:

1.

Sign out the room key and required recording equipment (microphones, pop filters, headphones, and cables) from the Service Desk.  Do not bring any food or uncovered beverages into the Audio Production Rooms.

2.

Follow the setup guide to turn on the in-room equipment and prepare for recording.

3.

Save your project to the desktop while recording / editing, then transfer the project to your H-Drive, Google Drive or a USB. Saved Pro Tools sessions will remain on the computer unless deleted. All other files are deleted upon log-out.

4.

Please shut off the main I/O when you are done and leave the space in an orderly and clean condition. Report damage or misuse of the audio suites to the Service Desk.

 

Note: MRU students, faculty, and staff may book any media equipment to be used with or without the use of the rooms. MRU Alumni and Community Borrowers may pre-book a selection of equipment for use on-site in conjunction with the Audio Production Rooms by phone (403.440.6019) for a maximum of 4 hours per booking.

 

Tips for Common Projects

Podcasting

Borrow the following equipment from the Service Desk:

  • Procaster microphone, pop filter, and XLR cable package for as many speakers as you are recording.

Follow the setup guide and choose any audio software to record with. GarageBand is recommended for beginners and Adobe Audition is best for advanced users.

Edit Audio

  • Borrow headphones from the Service Desk and request a 1/4" gold adapter. Plug the headphones into the output jack on the Scarlett 18i20 interface.
  • Login with your MyMRU account and open the audio program of your choice. The Audio Production Rooms are the only computer location with ProTools editing software. 
  • Please edit from project files saved on the desktop, then drag and drop project files and folders to your H-drive, an external drive, or a USB key.

Guides

Audio Production

 

Podcasting

Software

Booking

MRU students, faculty, and staff can book the rooms through the online booking system on the library website.

  • MRU users may reserve the audio rooms for up to 4 hours a day, to a maximum of 20 hours per week.
  • Users with reservations will have first priority for the space. If they are a “no-show,” after 15 minutes, the booking is forfeited and the room will become available to others for the entire remainder of the booking.

MRU Alumni and Community Borrower cardholders may book a room via telephone (403.440.6019) or in person at the Service Desk on the main floor.

  • MRU Alumni and Community Borrowers may reserve the audio rooms for up to 4 hours per day, to a maximum of 8 hours per week.

Looking for a place to edit audio? Use the Find Software tool to find a computer station with the software you wish to use.


These rooms contain specialized sound recording equipment and software. It is intended to be a space to edit or produce audio and video projects. This is not a group meeting room; users not using the space for the intended purpose may be asked to leave and prevented from booking in the future. Please return the key card to the Service Desk at the end of your booked time to avoid late fees.

A maximum of 4 people are allowed in the suites during a booking. Food and drinks are not permitted.

Hardware

Equipment in the Audio Production Rooms

  • Audio interface: Scarlett 18i20
  • Avid Artist Mix controller
  • MacMini computer
  • Microphone stands: boom and round bottom
  • Music stand
  • Studio monitors
  • Speakers

Vocal Microphone

Microphone - Vocal

This microphone is designed for recording singing and speech, and is also appropriate for general use. The spherical filter minimizes wind and voice pop, while its heart-shaped pickup pattern isolates the main sound source and minimizes sound coming from the sides and the back.

Podcasting Microphone

Microphone - Podcast

This microphone offers optimal voice recording for broadcasting environments. Its heart-shaped pickup minimizes sounds from the sides and from the back. There is a built-in pop filter to reduce plosive sounds and it is designed to reduce low levels of noise from handling the microphone. Includes microphone stand attachment.

Instrument Microphone

Microphone - Instrument

Designed for both instrumental and vocal recording, this microphone will isolate the main sound source and minimize sounds from the side and back. Great for recording drums, guitar, and woodwinds. This microphone requires phantom power, so check the switch on the interface. Includes microphone stand attachment.

Pencil Instrument Microphone

Microphone - Pencil

Very similar to the instrument microphone but able to handle high frequency sounds from instruments such as cymbals or delicate sounds such as guitar left-hand with high fidelity. This microphone requires phantom power, so check the switch on the interface. Includes microphone stand attachment.

Zoom H5 Recorder

Recorder - Zoom H5

This powerful and portable audio recorder is ideal for all types of live stereo recording. It can record sounds as loud as a jet engine so users can be as loud as they'd like while capturing clean audio. The recorder can connect to your own computer and does not  require specialized audio equipment to use. It can also be connected via an XLR cable to another microphone.

Pop Filter

Pop filter

Reduces popping sounds caused by fast-moving air over the microphone, which  are typically caused by words with P, D, and S. These sounds can momentarily exceed the input capacity of the microphone, causing the recording to clip.  Clipping, which sounds like a loud audio distortion, is very challenging to correct.

Professional Closed-back Headphones

Headphones - Closed Back

These headphones are optimized for mastering and critical listening, and reduce  distracting external noise. The closed back prevents sound from entering or leaving the headphones.

Professional open-back headphones

Headphones - Open Back

These headphones are best for mastering live audio within the audio rooms or in a controlled environment where outside sounds won't interfere. The open back allows sound to freely leave the headphones, reducing occlusion and avoiding the isolated 'in your head' sound that closed-back headphones produce.

TRS Cable

Cable - Tip, Ring, Sleeve

TRS or patch cables are used to link instruments to inputs (long cables) or for patching between inputs and outputs (short cables).

XLR Cable

Cable - XLR

Also called cannon plugs, XLR cables are designed to eliminate noise signals and  provide phantom power to condenser microphones.  XLR cables are used with all microphones.

Software

Software guides
Software What does it do? Support pages
Adobe Audition Intuitive program for recording, editing, and mixing audio files. https://helpx.adobe.com/support/audition.html Tutorials: https://helpx.adobe.com/ca/audition/tutorials.html
Adobe Media Encoder Encodes and exports media files to new formats. https://helpx.adobe.com/media-encoder/tutorials.html
Audacity Ideal for fast recording, editing, and exporting audio files. This is not the best option for recording music, it cannot export to .mp3. http://www.audacityteam.org/help/
GarageBand Ideal for beginner audio and music recording, editing, and mixing. https://support.apple.com/garageband Tutorials: https://mediacommons.psu.edu/support/tutorials/garageband/
Pro Tools Best for advanced users. Record, edit and mix audio and music with an advanced level of customization. There is a mixing board available for use with this program. http://www.avid.com/pro-tools/learn-and-support
Reaper An alternative to Adobe Audition and Pro Tools with the same capabilities.  https://www.reaper.fm/userguide.php
Final Cut X Edits video. Not ideal for editing audio.  https://support.apple.com/en-ca/guide/final-cut-pro/welcome/mac
Syncing or encoding media files
  • Adobe Media Encoder
Audio Rooms include MRU's standard computer lab software, found at the bottom of the Labs & Classrooms page.
Copyright and Intellectual Property

Users of the MRU Library Audio Production Rooms must abide by all applicable Mount Royal University Policies and Federal, Provincial, and Municipal laws. This includes compliance with intellectual property laws, including those set out under the Canadian Copyright Act. For more information, please see the Library’s copyright guide at http://library.mtroyal.ca/copyright.

Contacts

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