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