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Audio Production Rooms

Produce your project in our Audio Suites

Reserve an Audio Production Room (EL2451A & B) and expand on your approach to teaching and learning or finally create that passion project. Library users have an opportunity to pursue a multitude of digital audio projects with the help of specialized sound recording equipment and software. This is the ideal space to produce a podcast, conduct and record interviews, edit audio files, or compose a musical masterpiece.

How to use the Audio Production Rooms

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.

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

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

After you've booked a time, sign out the room key and any equipment at the Service Desk.

  • See the Hardware tab to learn what equipment is available in each audio room and additional equipment (i.e. microphones) available to borrow at the Service Desk.

Second, decide what software will be useful for your project.

  • See the Software tab to learn what software we have and to locate tutorials.

  • Audio editing can be done in the audio production rooms, or in the computer lab on the first floor.

Save often!

  • Save your project to the desktop while recording / editing, then transfer the project to your H-Drive, Google Drive or a USB.

  • Note: saved Pro Tools sessions will remain on the computer unless deleted. All other files are deleted upon log-out.

Please shut off the main I/O when you are done and do not bring any food or uncovered beverages into the audio production rooms.

Editing interviews

Borrow the following equipment from the Service Desk:

  • H5 Recorder
  • Professional headphones
  • Vocal microphone
  • XLR cable

Connect the vocal microphone to the H5 recorder with the XLR cable. Make sure an SD card is in the H5 recorder. Use the headphones to verify your sound quality, adjusting the H5 recorder as necessary.

  • Alternatively, you may record using only the H5 recorder, but the vocal microphone will result in a higher quality recording.
  • Upload the audio to a computer and edit using any audio editing software.
Podcasting

Borrow the following equipment from the Service Desk:

  • Podcasting mic (podmic), XLR cable, pop filter
    • Borrow two of each.
    • Attach microphone to a boom mic stand, plug the XLR cable into the microphone and into XLR Panel B, and attach the pop filter to the mic stand.

Record audio using Garageband, Adobe Audition, or ProTools

Edit Audio
  • Audio editing using Garageband or Adobe programs can be done in the audio production rooms or in the computer lab on the first floor.
  • Borrow headphones (HP01-04) from the service desk.
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Technology

Equipment in the Audio Production Rooms
  • Audio interface
  • Avid Artist Mix controller 
  • MacMini computer
  • Microphone stands: boom and round bottom
  • Music stand
  • Studio monitors
  • Speakers
Booking equipment

Equipment such as cables, microphones and filters, and more may be booked/borrowed via the Service Desk

MRU users (Students, Faculty and Staff) may book any media equipment to be used with or without the use of the rooms.

MRU Community Borrowers may pre-book a selection of equipment for use on-site in conjunction with the Audio Production Rooms (booking will be verified before sign-out) for a maximum of 4 hours per booking

  • Microphones (any)
  • Pop filters
  • TRS cables
  • XLR cables
  • Patch cables
​Equipment available at the Service Desk
Vocal microphone
Vocal Microphone

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
Podcasting microphone

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
Instrument microphone

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
Pencil instrument microphone

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
Zoom H5 recorder

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
Professional closed-back headphones

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
Professional open-back headphones

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
TRS cable

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

XLR cable
XLR cable

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.

Recording and editing audio
  • Adobe Audition
  • Audacity
  • Final Cut Pro
  • Garageband
  • ProTools
  • Reaper
Mixing and mastering audio / electronic music (Digital Audio Workstations)
  • GarageBand
  • Adobe Audition
  • ProTools​
  • Reaper
Syncing or encoding media files
  • Adobe Media Encoder
Software guides
Software What does it do? Support pages
Adobe Audition Digital audio workstation

https://helpx.adobe.com/support/audition.html

Tutorials: https://helpx.adobe.com/ca/audition/tutorials.html

Adobe Media Encoder Media encoder - output to any format https://helpx.adobe.com/media-encoder/tutorials.html
Audacity Digital audio recording http://www.audacityteam.org/help/
Garageband Digital audio workstation

https://support.apple.com/garageband

Tutorials: https://mediacommons.psu.edu/support/tutorials/garageband/

Pro Tools Digital audio workstation http://www.avid.com/pro-tools/learn-and-support
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.

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Contact

Ask at the Service Desk for equipment and room access.

For assistance in planning your project or using the audio production rooms contact:

Sade Dunn, Public Services Assistant
sdunn@mtroyal.ca or 403.440.8511