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.
The microphones are designed to work with the iMac computer. The microphones are not connected to the Windows PC.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When selected, the R will turn red (See screenshot below). This turns the microphone on.
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 record button is the red circle near the bottom of the screen (see Screenshot)
Record your audio by speaking clearly into the microphones.
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)
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 Available in the Digital Media Lab