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Sound Booth

Sound Booth microphoneAbout

The CAT Sound Booth opened Fall 2018. The Sound Booth, located in the basement of Irwin Library, offers a way to produce high-quality audio recordings for narrated instructional content such as podcasts, screencasts, online lectures, and video that complement online or hybrid learning models as well as the “flipped” classroom model. The room contains a recording computer with two monitors, two cardioid condenser microphones, a web camera, headphones, speakers, a recording interface, and a microphone with a stand. 

Schedule

Book a consultation to learn more or reserve recording time via SimplyBook.me.

Resources

For recording and podcasting help, try the following resources:

Special thanks to Information Commons student and Recording Industry Studies major Shannon B. for her role in developing these resources.

Policies

Reservations are limited to four (4) hours per day per person. View the Sound Booth Usage Policies below for more information; in addition to these policies, the studio is subject to the same terms and conditions outlined in the University's IT Policies. The Sound Booth policies are subject to change without notice.

Can students use the Sound Booth?

For liability reasons, the Sound Booth is available for current Butler University faculty and staff only. Children under the age of 18 are politely requested to remain out of the Sound Booth.

Can I use the Sound Booth to create personal podcasts?

The Sound Booth may be used for Butler related academic purposes; personal or extracurricular purposes require prior approval from the Center for Academic Technology. Faculty and staff may not operate a for-profit business from the studio or be paid for sessions recorded in the studio.

How many people fit in the Sound Booth?

The Sound Booth is designed to hold up to two people.

What happens if I make a reservation but forget to show up?

Reservations are first come, first serve. Reservations may be booked far into the future; however, CAT reserves the right to cancel no-show reservations and future reservations. A reservation will be forfeited if the person hasn’t shown within 15 minutes of the reservation start time.

I don't know how to record. Can I get help?

The Sound Booth can be booked with consultation support between 9am and 5pm, Monday through Friday with the exception of holidays.

For consultations, reservation requests must be made at least 24 hours in advance. Shorter requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

If I have technical difficulties, who should I contact?

Contact CAT (317-940-8575 or cat@butler.edu) if you run into any problems in the Sound Booth. CAT is open Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm.

Should any technical issues occur outside of CAT working hours, report issues to the Information Commons Desk. General computer issues may be reported to the IT Help Desk via ask.butler.edu.

The Sound Booth is locked; how do I get in?

If you booked a consultation, an ATS will greet you at the Sound Booth and walk you through any technical know-how needed to get up and running with the equipment and software. If you booked a recording session, you can pick up the key to the Sound Booth at the first-floor Information Commons desk and proceed independently with your project.

Can I save my projects to the computer in the Sound Booth?

You are responsible for your data. It is recommended, at the end of your session, that you store project files on your Google Drive,  BU files drive, or another storage location that you control. Do not assume that data you leave on the Sound Booth computer will still be there when you come back for subsequent visits. All data are subject to removal at any time by the staff. Staff reserve the right to clear off files daily.

Can I leave while my project is exporting and return when it is finished?

Do not lock the computer for rendering or exports.  Your render or export must be complete when your reserve time is ended. For audio projects, this likely won’t be an issue, but video projects often involve rendering times. As a rule to thumb, assume rendering will take two to three times the duration of your video clip. For example, a five minute video might take 10 to 15 minutes to render. Please plan your reservation time accordingly.

How soundproof is the Sound Booth?

The Sound Booth has been designed to reduce incoming noise levels, but some extremely loud noises will likely still be heard within the booth.

How do I avoid breaking copyright law while recording?

The person who reserved the booth is responsible for procuring permissions to record any material that is subject to copyright.

What are the equipment policies? Will I need to pay for damaged or broken equipment?

No equipment is to be removed from the Sound Booth. An inventory will be made regularly to check for missing items.

If any equipment is damaged or needs to be replaced, contact the Center for Academic Technology staff.

My reservation time is up and my project is still exporting. What should I do?

You must log off when your reserved time is ended.

Do not lock the computer for rendering or exports.  Your render or export must be complete when your reserve time is ended. For audio projects, this likely won’t be an issue but video projects often involve rendering times. As a rule to thumb, assume rendering will take two to three times the duration of your video clip. For example, a five minute video might take 10 to 15 minutes to render. Please plan your reservation time accordingly.

I'm recording for a long time. Can I bring food or drinks in the Sound Booth?

No food or drinks are allowed in the Sound Booth.

 

CAT Sound BoothButler Faculty & Staff Using the Sound Booth

Dr. James McGrath: https://anchor.fm/religionprof/

The inaugural episode of the Religion Prof Podcast, the podcast of Dr. James F. McGrath of Butler University, in which he talks about the Bible, science fiction, education, music, and pretty much anything else that happens to grab his surprisingly short attention span.

 

Chloe Dufour: Library Research Tutorial

Chloe Dufour, a Visiting Instruction Librarian, created a library research tutorial to support COM 101 and ORG 215 courses in how to use WorldCAT, LibGuides, and Google Scholar. She used Panopto to record and deliver the content.

 

Have you used the Sound Booth? Share what you created and let us know your experience!