Digital Media Lab

This guide will show you what technology is available in the Digital Media Lab and will provide you with resources for creating digital media project

Audio Recording Studio

The recording studio in the Digital Media Lab allows for up to 4 students to record audio using a multitrack interface. This means that each microphone is recorded individually, allowing for volume adjustments during and after recording as well as individually editing what was recorded by each microphone.

Individuals and groups can use the recording studio to record an episode of a podcast, an interview or an oral history. This setup could also be used to record voice over for a slide or video presentation.

The recording studio set up uses a 4-channel sound mixer that is plugged into the iMac computer. Recording can be done using the programs Adobe Audition and Garage Band. 

Directions for setting up a multitrack recording session using the program Adobe Audition can be found below.

1) Log on to the iMac using your network log in

The microphones are designed to work with the iMac computer. The microphones are not connected to the Windows PC.

2) Open Adobe Audition

You will find the Adobe Audition software by clicking on the Launchpad icon. This icon is grey with a black rocket like the image below.

MAC TIP: All applications will be found using Launchpad. When you click on Launchpad a window will open that contains icons for applications as well as folders containing groups of applications. There can be multiple pages in Launchpad. If the program you are looking for is not available on the initial window you can scroll to the next window by swiping your finger across the mouse, click and dragging the screen with the mouse OR clicking on the white dots at the bottom of the window.

The Adobe Audition application uses an icon that is a teal blue square with the letters Au. Look for the icon that resembles the image below.

Please Note when opening Adobe Audition: If you get a pop up message that asks for access to the microphones click on YES.

3) Start a new project

Click on File at the top of the screen. Then click on New, then Multitrack Session... (See screenshot for further help)

Name your file and select where you want it to save to. Click on Browse to save the file somewhere other then the desktop.

WARNING: Files saved on the desktop may be deleted after you log off the computer. Chose a more stable location to save your work, such as a flash drive or a cloud based service such your OneDrive folder.

4) Select "Multitrack" and enable multitrack recording

Find this option in the upper left of the window. Note that Multitrack may already be selected when you open a new project.

When selected the word Multitrack and the icon will be a teal blue color as seen in the screenshot below.

5) Select input device for each track that will be recorded

The following instructions will allow each microphone to record in individual tracks. The microphones and the sound mixer are labeled as Microphone 1, Microphone 2 and so on. In Adobe Audition these microphones are labeled as [01M], [02M] and so on. In other words, when you see [01M] on the computer that corresponds with the microphone labeled as Microphone 1.

In Adobe Audition, find where it says Track 1. To help, there's a green horizontal bar next to where it says Track 1. Underneath this title there's an arrow pointing to the right and text that says "Default Stereo Input". Click on this text, then click on Mono then click on [01M] (See the screenshot below). This step will connect track 1 with Microphone 1.

Repeat these steps for all microphones that will be used by selecting [02M] for track 2, and so forth.

6) Select the R button on each track that will be used

When selected, the R will turn red (See screenshot below). This turns the microphone on. 

7) Check levels

Put on the headphones and check sound levels of the microphones by speaking into the microphones. Adjust on the mixer for quiet or loud talkers.

The mixer is the gray and black box on the right corner of the desk, just to the right of the iMac. The brand name is Steinberg. The knob for Channel 1 controls the microphone labeled Channel 1. Turn the Channel 1 knob to the right to make it louder and to the left to reduce the volume.
The power for the mixer should be on. The mixer has power when the white light next to the word POWER is glowing. 

8) Push the RECORD button to begin recording

The record button is the red circle near the bottom of the screen (see Screenshot)

A keyboard short cut for RECORD and STOP is as follows:

9) Record audio

Record your audio by speaking clearly into the microphones.

TIP: You can start and stop your recordings as much as needed within the Adobe Audition program. Each time you hit stop your audio recording will split into an individual recording. Check out the videos to the left to learn more about the editing features in Adobe Audition.

10) Push the STOP button to end recording

The stop button is the grey square near the bottom of the screen in the same row as the record button. The stop button is on the far left of these controls (see Screenshot)

11) Save audio file

Click on the Multitrack menu at the top of the screen. Select Mixdown Session to New File, followed by Entire Session (see Screenshot). Save to an appropriate location, such as a flash drive.

Audio files can be played using most media players, such as iTunes or Windows Media Player. You can also import your audio into video editing software, attach it into Canvas or upload the audio to an online streaming audio website such as SoundCloud.

Audio Editing Software

Audio Editing Software Available in the Digital Media Lab

Adobe Audition

Garage Band