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Scholars Studio: Podcast Studios

What are the Podcast Studios?

The College Libraries have two freestanding Podcast Studios as part of the Scholars Studio on the first floor of Addlestone Library. These studios are ideal for recording podcasts, videos, interviews, and presentations. Each studio contains audio and video recording equipment and can seat up to 4 people.

What's in Each Studio?

Podcast studio equipment is compatible with most recording software. Some popular free options are listed below.

Using the Marantz Turret Broadcast Video Streaming System

Marantz Turret frontThe Marantz Turret is an all-in-one, high quality webcam and microphone. It connects to your laptop via a single USB output for ease of use. Once connected to your laptop, you can record in the program of your choice.

Getting Started

  • Connect the Marantz Turret to your laptop via the USB-A cable. A USB-A to USB-C dongle is provided in the studio if your computer has USB-C but not USB-A. 
  • Most laptops will automatically detect the new hardware and set it up for use. Depending on which program you are using to record, you may need to select the Marantz as your video and/or audio input device. 
  • Connect headphones to the tower's headphone if you would like to monitor audio through headphones.
  • The tower contains the following controls and ports:
    • LED light dimmer/off-click at extreme left
    • camera on/off switch
    • Mic gain knob
    • Mic mute button
    • headphone output jack
    • headphone volume
    • USB-C jack for computer output
    • 2 USB 3.0 jacks
    • 12VDC input jack

Technical Specs

  • Autofocus HD webcam with built-in H.264 video compression (supports full HD 1080p video)
  • 48kHz/16-bit USB condenser microphone 
  • LED light ring with cool and warm filter accessories

Using the RODECaster Pro Integrated Audio Production Studio and Shure Mics

Each studio contains a RODECaster Pro sound board with two connected Shure SM7B Cardiod Dynamic Vocal Microphones. This equipment can be used by connecting the RODECaster Pro to your laptop using the provided cable or by inserting a SD card into the RODECaster and recording to the card. 

Getting StartedRODECaster Pro Top View

Connect a Laptop or microSD Card

  • Connect your laptop to the RODECaster Pro using the USB-A cable. A USB-A to USB-C dongle is provided in the studio if your computer has USB-C but not USB-A. 
  • Alternatively, you can record directly to a microSD card by inserting a microSD into the rear slot.


The two Shure Mics in the room are already connected to Channel 1 and Channel 2. Sliders (the faders) on the front panel allow you to adjust the volume of the channel in your recording. You can also mute/unmute a channel using its red button. For more microphone settings, press a channel's numbered button to open that channel in the touchscreen. 


Two pairs of headphones are also connected to headphone jacks #1 and #2. Using headphones while recording ensures you can hear what is being recorded and clearly interact with other speakers and sounds. Adjust the headphone volume using the dials in the top right. It is recommended to check the volume level before you put on the headphones to ensure it is at a safe level.

Sound Pads

The RODECaster Pro can store audio to play at any time while recording. They have pre-set sounds, but you can also add custom sounds. To hear the sounds, turn the fader for the sound pads channel up to the fifth line from the top and tap one of the pads. 

The sound pads have different playback modes that change how the sounds play back and interact with your other channels. To learn more about using and customizing sound pads, see the user guide. 

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Software Options

You can use the Marantz and RODECaster Pro with just about any software as long as you can select them as your audio/video inputs, but here are a few popular options to consider if you aren't sure what to use.

Audio and Video Software

Audio-Only Software

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