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===Preparation===
 
===Preparation===
* Get a mic and a mic cable for each room before the workshop from the EM storage room.
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* Get a mic, headphones, and a mic cable for each room before the workshop from the EM storage room.
* Have another recording source like a record or cassette. 
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* Take their student A# so you can enter their proficiency into filemaker
 
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===Notes===
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* Introduce yourself, ask people if they have specific projects or questions in mind for using the space.
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* Remember to get a list of names and ID numbers.
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* Enter them as proficient in the Scheduling System after the workshop or ask the front desk student to do it.  Leave list in Zena’s mailbox when done.
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* Do not touch anything.  Let the students touch the mixer, mouse, patch bay etc.  Only get hands on if you need to troubleshoot something but always go back and have them do all the steps.
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* Make sure students rotate the hands on part.  Don't let the student who things they know everything do all the work.
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* Mixing Bench Handouts are available  at this link [http://www.evergreen.edu/electronicmedia/audio/downloads/home.htm www.evergreen.edu/electronicmedia/audio/downloads/home.htm]
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===Steps===
 
===Steps===
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#  Go over equipment and room flow and volume box.  Point out patchbay.  Tell them to make sure that patch bay is clear when starting and to normalize when done.  Mention umbilicals for hooking up other equipment.   
 
#  Go over equipment and room flow and volume box.  Point out patchbay.  Tell them to make sure that patch bay is clear when starting and to normalize when done.  Mention umbilicals for hooking up other equipment.   
 
# Show power strip and how to power on the computer.
 
# Show power strip and how to power on the computer.
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# Remind students not to move around power cables, computer connections, or any other installed electronic equipment; these are specially designed spaces that might behave differently than a home system, so don't make assumptions about what is or is not acceptable.  Leave a message in the Logbook if you want to request a change be made.
  
 
====Computer Basics====
 
====Computer Basics====
 
# Have them log into the computer.
 
# Have them log into the computer.
# Warn about waiting for start up script to finish.
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# MOTU Audio Setup is the soundcard driver and must remain open
# Mention Mac basics like Dock, trash, ejecting disk, user drives
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# Mention basic apps:  Audition, Digital Performer, Audacity, Pro Tools, Live
# Mention basic apps:  Peak, Toast, Pro Tools, Digital Performer, Audacity.
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# Have them create a folder with their last name on the '''Storage''' drive or the desktop.
 
# Have them create a folder with their last name on the '''Storage''' drive or the desktop.
 
#Backup files to the server - do not work off the network.
 
#Backup files to the server - do not work off the network.
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====Recording====
 
====Recording====
# Plug mic into mixer, set levels and volume.
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* Make sure the '''VOUME BOX''' is turned down when plugging in a microphone
#* Set the Gain by watching the Peak Light.
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* Plug headphones into MOTU headphone input
#* Set levels on the mixer.
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* Plug mic into the MOTU sound card Mic/Line #1 or #2
#* Set monitor levels.
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* If you have a condenser microphone then '''press and hold the TRIM knob until the 48V red light turns ON'''
# Open Peak and open a record window
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* Push down the TRIM knob once to engage the PAD to lower the sensitivity of your input source.
#* Set levels and record
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* Set the Gain for each Mic input by adjusting up the '''TRIM''' knob
#* Switch volume box to mac out to demonstrate the recording delay.
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* Open your software and choose the Mix Bench template.
# Save file to the User Drive. 
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* Record enable a track and hit '''record''' when ready.
#* Warn that Peak needs to save to the drive it records to which should be User Drive.
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* Switch volume box to mac, turn up volume to listen to speakers when you're done recording
# Repeat steps with other student.
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====Editing====
 
====Editing====
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====Extras====
 
====Extras====
* Open Toast and explain audio cd and data cd burning.
 
  
* If there is time do more recording (from LP, Casssette or mic) or editing and have them rotate the hands on part.
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* If there is time do more recording (from LP, Cassette or mic) or editing and have them rotate the hands on part.
  
 
[[Category:Audio Mixing Benches]]
 
[[Category:Audio Mixing Benches]]

Latest revision as of 10:32, 25 June 2018

Preparation

  • Get a mic, headphones, and a mic cable for each room before the workshop from the EM storage room.
  • Take their student A# so you can enter their proficiency into filemaker

Steps

Overview

  1. Cover using Media Loan, location, hours, late fine + renewals, always have time scheduled through (ML & EM), using the FOB to open the space, letting staff know of lost/stolen keys, and general security of the space.
  2. Explain about signing the log book, writing down problems etc. Tell them that they can go to EM desk or MML for help.
  3. Go over equipment and room flow and volume box. Point out patchbay. Tell them to make sure that patch bay is clear when starting and to normalize when done. Mention umbilicals for hooking up other equipment.
  4. Show power strip and how to power on the computer.
  5. Remind students not to move around power cables, computer connections, or any other installed electronic equipment; these are specially designed spaces that might behave differently than a home system, so don't make assumptions about what is or is not acceptable. Leave a message in the Logbook if you want to request a change be made.

Computer Basics

  1. Have them log into the computer.
  2. MOTU Audio Setup is the soundcard driver and must remain open
  3. Mention basic apps: Audition, Digital Performer, Audacity, Pro Tools, Live
  4. Have them create a folder with their last name on the Storage drive or the desktop.
  5. Backup files to the server - do not work off the network.
  6. Files are cleared out at the end of the quarter.

Recording

  • Make sure the VOUME BOX is turned down when plugging in a microphone
  • Plug headphones into MOTU headphone input
  • Plug mic into the MOTU sound card Mic/Line #1 or #2
  • If you have a condenser microphone then press and hold the TRIM knob until the 48V red light turns ON
  • Push down the TRIM knob once to engage the PAD to lower the sensitivity of your input source.
  • Set the Gain for each Mic input by adjusting up the TRIM knob
  • Open your software and choose the Mix Bench template.
  • Record enable a track and hit record when ready.
  • Switch volume box to mac, turn up volume to listen to speakers when you're done recording

Editing

  1. Do basic edits, fade in/out, normalize, mono to stereo, zoom in/out etc
  2. Explain save as and save as wav if they need to take files to a PC. And to save as MP3.
  3. Save work.

Extras

  • If there is time do more recording (from LP, Cassette or mic) or editing and have them rotate the hands on part.