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==To gain access to this facility==
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# The Mixing Benches require a proficiency test.  This can be scheduled at the Electronic Media Desk, L1501.  The Mixing Benches are in L1523 and L1525.
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==Access==
# Schedule time for yourself either through Media Loan or the Multimedia Lab.
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* The Mixing Benches require a proficiency test.  This can be scheduled at the Media Loan, L2504.  The Mixing Benches are in L1520 and L1522.
# Get keys from Media Loan for your scheduled time.
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* Schedule time at Media Loan or the Multimedia Lab.
 
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* Confirm your space reservation through your "personal calendar" in [https://schedule.evergreen.edu/scheduling/calendar Schedule Evergreen].
==Once you enter the facility==
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* Get keys from Media Loan for your scheduled time.
# Enter your name and time into the logbook, along with any problems you encounter during your time in the lab.
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# Turn on the computer (there is a specific pathway to do this correctly, as follows:)
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## Turn down the volume on the Volume Box.  It’s the metal box with a red knob.
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## Turn on the main power switch.  It is on the right corner of the desk.
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## Turn on the computer using the power button, which is the round button on the left front of the computer.  The computer is underneath the desk.
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## The computer runs some scripts at start up.  Wait for the “Opening Message” text file to open before doing anything.  
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==Help==
 
==Help==
If you need help, go to the Multimedia Lab L1404 or Media Loan L2504.
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* Always enter your name and time into the logbook, along with any problems you encounter during your time in the lab
 
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* If you need help, go to the Multimedia Lab L1404 or the Electronic Media front desk Lib 1501
==Application==
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* In the dock there is a folder with an orange '''M''' called '''Manuals''' that contain PDF’s of some of the manuals
Here are the main applications
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*The Evergreen Help Wiki – has helpful Mixing Bench articles as well as various audio editing software cheat sheets
# Peak:  Basic audio recording and editing of mono and stereo files.
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3 Digital Performer:  Multi-track audio recording and mixing.  It also does MIDI editing.
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# Pro Tools: Multi-track audio recording and mixing.
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# Toast: CD and DVD burning.  Use Toast to make audio CD’s, data CD’s or data DVD’s for back up.
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# Audacity:  Open source audio editor.
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# iTunes:  Apples CD player program.  If you need to playback an audio CD use iTunes.
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==Computer Audio Cards==
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* The computer uses the built-in audio card and is called the Mac in and Mac out on the patch bay.
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* When open projects that were last used in other labs the audio inputs and outputs might need to be re-assigned.
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Patchbay, Mixer and monitoring:
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All the equipment is connected to the patchbay.  You can connect devices with patchcords but most of the basic connections are normalized.  This means that no patching is required. 
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When you start it’s a good idea to remove all the patchcords from the patchbay. 
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The mixer and the volume control box are the devices used to set levels and monitoring volumes.  Use the mixer to set recording levels and the Volume Box to set monitoring levels.  The M-box is normalized to inputs 7-8.  The mixer’s Main Mix output is normalized to the Mac inputs. 
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The mixer’s Control Room output is normalized to the Volume Box Mixer input.  The output of the Mac is normalized to the Volume Box Mac input.  On the Volume Box choose Mixer or Mac to either listen to the mixer or the program using the Mac. 
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File Storage: 
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Make a folder on the User Drive to store your files in.  It’s a good idea to back up your work to a data DVD, external hard drive or a server.  All files are deleted at the end of every quarter. 
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If you have any other problems, please check the handouts located next to the door, or the website www.evergreen.edu/electronicmedia/audioA variety of handouts can be downloaded from the “downloads“ section. Also in the dock  (the row of icons on the left of the screen) there is a folder called “Manuals” that contain PDF’s of the manuals.  
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===Powering On Procedure===
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# Turn down the volume on the '''Volume Box'''It’s the metal box with a red knob.
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# Turn on the Main Power on the power strip, wait 10 seconds for the sound card to fully start up, sound card should read 48k.
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# Turn on the computer
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# Log in to the computer and wait for the user template to fully start up. The MOTU audio driver software appears on the desktop, do not close this application.
  
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==Applications==
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* Adobe Audition: Multi-track audio recording and mixing
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* Digital Performer:  Multi-track audio recording and mixing.  It also does MIDI  editing.
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* Pro Tools: Multi-track audio recording and mixing.
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* Audacity:  Open source audio editor.
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* Waves Native Power Pack: Audio Plug-ins.
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* NI Komplete Soft Synths
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* Ableton Live: Music Production
  
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===Computer Audio Cards - MOTU 828 Firewire sound card===
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# Sound card upon start up should be in 48k sample rate
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# There are 2 Mic/Line inputs
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# Trim knob = controls the microphone sensitivity
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# Push the Trim knob engages a PAD to attenuate or reduce your input level.
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# Push and Hold the Trim knob engages phantom power if you are using a condenser microphone.
  
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==Patchbay, Mixer and Monitoring==
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* All of the equipment is connected to the patchbay.
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* You can connect devices with patchcords but most of the basic connections are normalized.  This means that no patching is required. 
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* When you start it’s a good idea to remove all the patchcords from the patchbay. 
 +
* The mixer and the '''volume control box''' are the devices used to set levels and monitoring volumes.
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* Use the mixer to set recording levels and the ''volume control box''' to set monitoring levels. 
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* The mixer’s Main Mix output is normalized to the Mac inputs. 
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* The mixer’s Control Room output is normalized to the Volume Box Mixer input. 
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* The output of the Mac is normalized to the Volume Box Mac input. 
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* On the Volume Box choose Mixer CR Out or Mac to either listen to the mixer or the program using the Mac. 
  
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==File Storage==
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* Make a folder on the '''Storage''' to store your files in.  It’s a good idea to back up your work to an external hard drive or a server. 
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* All files are deleted at the end of every quarter. 
  
 
[[Category:Audio Mixing Benches]]
 
[[Category:Audio Mixing Benches]]

Latest revision as of 17:10, 7 October 2019

Access

  • The Mixing Benches require a proficiency test. This can be scheduled at the Media Loan, L2504. The Mixing Benches are in L1520 and L1522.
  • Schedule time at Media Loan or the Multimedia Lab.
  • Confirm your space reservation through your "personal calendar" in Schedule Evergreen.
  • Get keys from Media Loan for your scheduled time.

Help

  • Always enter your name and time into the logbook, along with any problems you encounter during your time in the lab
  • If you need help, go to the Multimedia Lab L1404 or the Electronic Media front desk Lib 1501
  • In the dock there is a folder with an orange M called Manuals that contain PDF’s of some of the manuals
  • The Evergreen Help Wiki – has helpful Mixing Bench articles as well as various audio editing software cheat sheets

Powering On Procedure

  1. Turn down the volume on the Volume Box. It’s the metal box with a red knob.
  2. Turn on the Main Power on the power strip, wait 10 seconds for the sound card to fully start up, sound card should read 48k.
  3. Turn on the computer
  4. Log in to the computer and wait for the user template to fully start up. The MOTU audio driver software appears on the desktop, do not close this application.

Applications

  • Adobe Audition: Multi-track audio recording and mixing
  • Digital Performer: Multi-track audio recording and mixing. It also does MIDI editing.
  • Pro Tools: Multi-track audio recording and mixing.
  • Audacity: Open source audio editor.
  • Waves Native Power Pack: Audio Plug-ins.
  • NI Komplete Soft Synths
  • Ableton Live: Music Production

Computer Audio Cards - MOTU 828 Firewire sound card

  1. Sound card upon start up should be in 48k sample rate
  2. There are 2 Mic/Line inputs
  3. Trim knob = controls the microphone sensitivity
  4. Push the Trim knob engages a PAD to attenuate or reduce your input level.
  5. Push and Hold the Trim knob engages phantom power if you are using a condenser microphone.

Patchbay, Mixer and Monitoring

  • All of the equipment is connected to the patchbay.
  • You can connect devices with patchcords but most of the basic connections are normalized. This means that no patching is required.
  • When you start it’s a good idea to remove all the patchcords from the patchbay.
  • The mixer and the volume control box are the devices used to set levels and monitoring volumes.
  • Use the mixer to set recording levels and the volume control box' to set monitoring levels.
  • The mixer’s Main Mix output is normalized to the Mac inputs.
  • The mixer’s Control Room output is normalized to the Volume Box Mixer input.
  • The output of the Mac is normalized to the Volume Box Mac input.
  • On the Volume Box choose Mixer CR Out or Mac to either listen to the mixer or the program using the Mac.

File Storage

  • Make a folder on the Storage to store your files in. It’s a good idea to back up your work to an external hard drive or a server.
  • All files are deleted at the end of every quarter.