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== Overview ==
==Access==
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The '''Audio Mixing Benches''' are our introductory audio edit suites. 
* The Mixing Benches require a proficiency test. This can be scheduled at the Media Loan, L2504. The Mixing Benches are in L1520 and L1522.
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* They have one computer station with a variety of accessories and software. 
* Schedule time at Media Loan or the Multimedia Lab.
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* They are designed to be used by 1-2 students. 
* Confirm your space reservation through your "personal calendar" in [https://schedule.evergreen.edu/scheduling/calendar Schedule Evergreen].
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* They are available for students to use for academic use. 
* Get keys from Media Loan for your scheduled time.
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* The labs require the proficiency badge and also the quarterly access badge. 
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* Students in approved programs or contracts will be added to the access badge each quarter.  
  
==Help==
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=== Location ===
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* They are in their own rooms on the first floor of Evans Hall in 1520 and 1522. 
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* From the lobby walk past the '''Multimedia Lab''' and turn left at the garbage and recycling station.
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===Access===
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* The labs require the proficiency badge and also the quarterly access badge. 
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* Read the [https://www.evergreen.edu/electronicmedia/access Electronic Media Lab Access page] for proficiency information
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* Read the [[Media Labs Access Policy]] for lab polices
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* Read the [[Scheduling General Access Media Labs]] article for scheduling procedures
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* Schedule time at '''Media Loan''', the '''Multimedia Lab''' or via [[Self Service - Schedule Evergreen|Self Service]] in Schedule Evergreen.
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* Get keys from '''Media Loan''' for your scheduled time.
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=== General Policies ===
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* No food or drinks of any kind are allowed in the labs'''.'''
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* Alcohol, drugs, vaping and smoking are not allowed anywhere in the buildings.
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* Take care of yourself and remember to take a break once in a while.
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* Clean up after yourself.  
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* Do not delete other students' files.
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* Do not unplug or remove anything from the spaces.
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* Make sure the door is closed and locked when you leave the lab.
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** Do not leave doors propped open if the room will be temporarily unoccupied, even if you are only running to the restroom.
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* Only use your scheduled time.
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* Return keys and equipment promptly to Media Loan or to the Library Circulation Desk.
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* Reports any lab problems by following the ''[[Report a Problem in a Media Lab|Report a problem in a media lab]]'' procedure.
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* Be courteous and respectful to the other users of the labs and all student employees. 
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* Follow the [https://www.evergreen.edu/sites/default/files/2021-08/Code_of_Student_Rights_and_Responsibilities.pdf Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities] and the [https://apps.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?cite=174-121-010 Social Contract]
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* Files on computers may be deleted at the end of each quarter or as-needed.
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** Always keep a backup of your work in another location.
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===Help===
 
* Always enter your name and time into the logbook, along with any problems you encounter during your time in the lab
 
* 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
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* If you need help, go to the '''Multimedia Lab''' 1404.
 
* In the dock there is a folder with an orange '''M''' called '''Manuals''' that contain PDF’s of some of the manuals
 
* 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
 
*The Evergreen Help Wiki – has helpful Mixing Bench articles as well as various audio editing software cheat sheets
 
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** [[:Category:Audio Mixing Benches|Audio Mixing Benches]]
===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==
 
==Applications==
* Adobe Audition: Multi-track audio recording and mixing
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* '''Adobe Audition''': Multi-track audio recording and mixing
* Digital Performer:  Multi-track audio recording and mixing.  It also does MIDI  editing.
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* '''Digital Performer''':  Multi-track audio recording and mixing.  It also does MIDI  editing.
* Pro Tools: Multi-track audio recording and mixing.
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* '''Pro Tools''': Multi-track audio recording and mixing.
* Audacity: Open source audio editor.
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* '''Audacity''': Open source audio editor.
* Waves Native Power Pack: Audio Plug-ins.
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* '''Waves Native Power Pack''': Audio Plug-ins.
* NI Komplete Soft Synths
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* '''NI Komplete''' soft synths
* Ableton Live: Music Production
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* '''Ableton Live''': Music Production
  
===Computer Audio Cards - MOTU 828 Firewire sound card===
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== Equipment ==
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===MOTU 828 Audio Interface===
 
# Sound card upon start up should be in 48k sample rate
 
# Sound card upon start up should be in 48k sample rate
 
# There are 2 Mic/Line inputs
 
# There are 2 Mic/Line inputs
# Trim knob = controls the microphone sensitivity
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#* '''Trim''' knob = controls the microphone sensitivity
# Push the Trim knob engages a PAD to attenuate or reduce your input level.  
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#* Push the '''Trim''' knob to engage a '''Pad''' to attenuate or reduce your input level.  
# Push and Hold the Trim knob engages phantom power if you are using a condenser microphone.
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#* Push and hold the '''Trim''' knob to turn on phantom power if you are using a condenser microphone.
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===Patchbay===
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* The patchbay is used to connect the audio equipment. 
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* The inputs and outputs of most of the equipment are connected to the patchbay. 
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* Some of the connections are normalized.
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** This means that no patching is required. 
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* The 1/4" patch cords hanging from the side of the rack are used to connect different pieces of equipment. 
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* For example the turntable outputs can be patched to the mixer line inputs 1 and 2. 
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* When you start it’s a good idea to remove all the patch cords from the patch bay. 
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=== Mixer ===
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The is a small Behringer mixer in the room.
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* It is used when recording from the analog equipment in the room.
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** cassette deck
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** turntable 
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** phone hybrid
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== Lab Procedures ==
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=== Powering On Procedure ===
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# Turn down the volume on the '''Mackie Big Knob volume box'''.  It’s the metal box with a silver knob.
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# Turn on the power strip located on the right corner of the computer desk.
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# Wait 10 seconds for the sound card to fully start up, sound card should read 48k.
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# Power on the computer by pressing the button on the lower back of the computer.
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#* The button is behind the '''POWER ON BACK''' sticker.
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# Log in to the computer and wait for the user template to fully start up.
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#* The MOTU audio driver software appears on the desktop, do not close this application.
  
==Patchbay, Mixer and Monitoring==
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=== Monitoring ===
* All of the equipment is connected to the patchbay.
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* The '''Mackie Big Knob''' '''volume box''' is used to set the monitoring volume.  
* 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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* [[Audio Monitoring - Mixing Bench]]  
* When you start it’s a good idea to remove all the patchcords from the patchbay. 
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* On the '''volume box''' set the '''Source Select''' button to '''A''' to listen to the the '''MOTU 828'''. 
* The mixer and the '''volume control box''' are the devices used to set levels and monitoring volumes.  
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** The computer is designed to send signals through the '''MOTU 828'''. 
* Use the mixer to set recording levels and the ''volume control box''' to set monitoring levels. 
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* On the '''volume box''' set the '''Source Select''' button to '''B''' to listen to the '''mIxer'''
* The mixer’s Main Mix output is normalized to the Mac inputs. 
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** On the mixer, the knob labeled '''Phones/Control Room''' controls the volume that is sent to the '''volume box'''.
* 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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===File Management===
* 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. 
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All file storage on the computers is local to that computer.  You need to back up your files in order to use them in another lab.
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* Make a folder on the desktop to store your files.  
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* When working save often
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* When you are done save and quit any applications you are using.
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* Back up your files to:
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** OneDrive
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** External hard drive
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** Thumb drive
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* If you have a fast USB three hard drive you can work directly of your drive.  
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* '''We erase all the student files off the computers on Thursday of every eval week.'''
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* '''Always back up your files'''
 
[[Category:Audio Mixing Benches]]
 
[[Category:Audio Mixing Benches]]

Latest revision as of 10:03, 17 June 2022

Overview

The Audio Mixing Benches are our introductory audio edit suites. 

  • They have one computer station with a variety of accessories and software. 
  • They are designed to be used by 1-2 students. 
  • They are available for students to use for academic use. 
  • The labs require the proficiency badge and also the quarterly access badge. 
  • Students in approved programs or contracts will be added to the access badge each quarter.  

Location

  • They are in their own rooms on the first floor of Evans Hall in 1520 and 1522. 
  • From the lobby walk past the Multimedia Lab and turn left at the garbage and recycling station.

Access

General Policies

  • No food or drinks of any kind are allowed in the labs.
  • Alcohol, drugs, vaping and smoking are not allowed anywhere in the buildings.
  • Take care of yourself and remember to take a break once in a while.
  • Clean up after yourself.  
  • Do not delete other students' files.
  • Do not unplug or remove anything from the spaces.
  • Make sure the door is closed and locked when you leave the lab.
    • Do not leave doors propped open if the room will be temporarily unoccupied, even if you are only running to the restroom.
  • Only use your scheduled time.
  • Return keys and equipment promptly to Media Loan or to the Library Circulation Desk.
  • Reports any lab problems by following the Report a problem in a media lab procedure.
  • Be courteous and respectful to the other users of the labs and all student employees.
  • Follow the Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities and the Social Contract
  • Files on computers may be deleted at the end of each quarter or as-needed.
    • Always keep a backup of your work in another location.

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 1404.
  • 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

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

Equipment

MOTU 828 Audio Interface

  1. Sound card upon start up should be in 48k sample rate
  2. There are 2 Mic/Line inputs
    • Trim knob = controls the microphone sensitivity
    • Push the Trim knob to engage a Pad to attenuate or reduce your input level.
    • Push and hold the Trim knob to turn on phantom power if you are using a condenser microphone.

Patchbay

  • The patchbay is used to connect the audio equipment. 
  • The inputs and outputs of most of the equipment are connected to the patchbay. 
  • Some of the connections are normalized.
    • This means that no patching is required. 
  • The 1/4" patch cords hanging from the side of the rack are used to connect different pieces of equipment. 
  • For example the turntable outputs can be patched to the mixer line inputs 1 and 2. 
  • When you start it’s a good idea to remove all the patch cords from the patch bay. 

Mixer

The is a small Behringer mixer in the room.

  • It is used when recording from the analog equipment in the room.
    • cassette deck
    • turntable
    • phone hybrid

Lab Procedures

Powering On Procedure

  1. Turn down the volume on the Mackie Big Knob volume box. It’s the metal box with a silver knob.
  2. Turn on the power strip located on the right corner of the computer desk.
  3. Wait 10 seconds for the sound card to fully start up, sound card should read 48k.
  4. Power on the computer by pressing the button on the lower back of the computer.
    • The button is behind the POWER ON BACK sticker.
  5. 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.

Monitoring

  • The Mackie Big Knob volume box is used to set the monitoring volume.  
  • Audio Monitoring - Mixing Bench  
  • On the volume box set the Source Select button to A to listen to the the MOTU 828
    • The computer is designed to send signals through the MOTU 828
  • On the volume box set the Source Select button to B to listen to the mIxer
    • On the mixer, the knob labeled Phones/Control Room controls the volume that is sent to the volume box.

File Management

All file storage on the computers is local to that computer.  You need to back up your files in order to use them in another lab.

  • Make a folder on the desktop to store your files.  
  • When working save often
  • When you are done save and quit any applications you are using.
  • Back up your files to:
    • OneDrive
    • External hard drive
    • Thumb drive
  • If you have a fast USB three hard drive you can work directly of your drive.  
  • We erase all the student files off the computers on Thursday of every eval week.
  • Always back up your files