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Multimedia Literacy: Audio

Studio recording

Studio 6 - the sound studioThe Student Multimedia Design Center has a number of studios available for high-quality sound recording. Studios 2, 3, 4, and 6 all have microphones and acoustical foam installed. Recording in any of these studios is easy as reserving the studio, opening Audacity and pressing the record button. To reserve a studio, just stop by our service desk in the lower level of the Morris Library or give us a call at: 302-831-8832. Studio reservations can be made up to one week in advance, and for up to two hours at a time.

Recording with your laptop

Blue Raspberry MicTo record audio with your own laptop, you will need two things:

  • Recording software. We recommend Audacity, which is free and works on Windows or Mac.  Please refer to this guide for installing Audacity on your computer. For more on using Audacity, please see the Edit tab to the left.
  • USB Microphone. To borrow one from the SMDC, just ask for a USB Microphone Kit at our service desk. We have Blue Yeti and Blue Raspberry microphones available for three-day loan. To use the microphone, just plug it in with the supplied USB cable and choose it by name in Audacity.

Mobile recording equipment

voice recorderThere are a number of situations (live events, interviews, etc.) where you may need highly mobile audio recording equipment. For this purpose, we have both digital voice recorders, and microphones that connect to your smartphone.

  • Digital Voice Recorder: record WAV or MP3 files directly to the recorder using the built-in mics. When finished, transfer the files to your computer with the supplied USB cable.
  • Rode VideoMic Me: connect this to the microphone/headphones port on your smartphone and use an audio recording app (for example "Voice Memos" on iOS) to record directly to your phone.

Audio Recording Examples

1) Laptop audio

 

2) USB Microphone

 

3) Studio 3 - Multipurpose recording studio. (Boom Mic, bigger room, more ambient/background sound)

 

4) Studio 6 - Audio recording studio (Acoustic paneling, smaller room)