Recording Studio

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Overview

The QC Co-Lab has an audio/video recording studio that can be used for podcasting, how-to video creation, and other fun uses.

Training Requirement

The studio does not have a training requirement, however, it is encouraged for those new to audio and video production to sit down with a trainer to learn the various functions of the hardware and to receive some basic instruction in the various applications on the studio workstation. Please contact Cody Wilson or Keith Claussen to inquire about training.

Capabilities

  • Audio Production
    • Studio workstation is connected to an M-Audio Fastrack 410 Firewire audio device. A number of various microphones are available and can be used with the 410 unit. Booth headphones are currently connected to the 410 for local monitoring.
    • Studio workstation has a full copy of REAPER, a complete Digital Audio Workstation software package.
  • Video Production (Not fully capable)
    • Video Recording
      • No video capture hardware is currently connected to the studio workstation. The studio workstation has an embedded webcam that can be used for basic how-to video production, but it is not recommended for quality reasons.
    • Video editing
      • iMovie for basic editing and dubbing. Good intro program for quick and dirty video work.
      • Final Cut Pro for more advanced editing jobs. Not very accessible for new users, and will likely require some education.

Hardware

Device Name Device Function
MacBook Pro 5,1 Late 2008 MacBook Pro model, Intel Core 2 Duo P8600 (2.4 GHz), 4GB RAM, 320 GB Hard Drive
M-Audio Firewire 410 2-Channel Firewire audio interface used for playback and recording. Has basic mixer functionality, as well as phantom power microphone pre-amp.
M-Audio FastTrack Ultra 8R (not connected) 8-Channel Firewire audio interface for if we ever need to attach that many microphones.

M-Audio Firewire 410 Basic Overview

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The M-Audio Firewire 410 is our basic audio interface. It has basic gain control for the front inputs, a master output, and monitor volume controls.

Color Code Function
Red Microphone / Line Inputs
Yellow Master Output
Green Control Monitor Volume
Blue Booth Headphone Monitor Volume

REAPER

REAPER's icon can be found on the Dock on the far right. Hover your mouse over the icons until the tool tip displays "REAPER64".

REAPER tutorials can be found on the Tutorials for Reaper website.

Notes, Tips, and Tricks

I have found that if the studio computer sits for too long, audio out from the M-Audio 410 will cease to function. Simply power cycling the M-Audio Firewire 410 restores the unit back to full functionality. --Cody Wilson