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Audio Production Rooms

Welcome to the Audio Production Rooms

Editing suite in audio production room

The audio production rooms (EL2451A & B) inspire creativity in communications and enable library users to explore a multitude of digital audio projects to support teaching and learning. Using specialized sound recording equipment and software, users can create podcasts, record audio, and facilitate a range of media enhancements to their projects.

Using the Audio Production Rooms

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 microphones and equipment you may borrow.

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.

Please do not bring any food or uncovered beverages into the audio production rooms.

The basics
  • Sign a room key out from the Service Desk
  • 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.
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.

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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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.

Reporter microphone
Reporter Microphone

Designed for handheld interview and presentation applications, its 'tailored for voice'
frequency response is optimal for voice reproduction and is able to record crisp vocals
in most conditions. Includes removable 'flag' for high-visibility branding.

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. 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 / Patch Cables (Long and Short)

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 (3-Pin)

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.

Equipment in the Audio Production Rooms
  • Audio interface
  • Avid Artist Mix controller 
  • MacMini computer
  • Microphone stands: boom and round bottom
  • Music stand
  • Studio monitors
Recording and editing audio
  • Adobe Audition
  • Audacity
  • Garageband
  • ProTools

Mixing and mastering audio / electronic music (Digital Audio Workstations)
  • GarageBand 

  • Adobe Audition

  • ProTools​

Syncing or encoding media files
  • Adobe Media Encoder
Software What does it do? Support pages
Adobe Audition Digital audio workstation
Adobe Media Encoder Media encoder - output to any format
Audacity Digital audio recording and editing app (free)
Garageband Digital audio workstation

Pro Tools Digital audio workstation 

Audio Rooms include MRU's standard computer lab software, found at the bottom of the Labs & Classrooms page.

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Ask at the Service Desk for equipment and room access.

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

Julie James, Librarian or 403.440.6099

Sade Dunn, Public Services Assistant or 403.440.8511