Audio Facilities

Audio Facilities
Audio Facilities Monash Media Lab
Audio Facilities
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Radio - Introduction
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Radio - Studio 1 and Control Room
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Radio - Studio 1 and Control Room
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Radio - Studio 2
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Radio - Studio 2 - Mixer
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Radio - QCart
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Voice Over 1 - 3
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Video Editing Room
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Audition
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Telephone Interviews
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Skype
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How to use this document
Facilities are described in their own section.
The functions of applications are described in separate sections.
Facilities and Applications are in large, bold type.
References to other sections are in bold, underlined, blue type. eg Audition
Software Applications and Specific Devices are in bold. eg Adobe Audition and Aux 2
Playout Mac.
Vendor Names of hardware are in italics. eg D&R Airmate Audio Mixer.
Menu items as described in bold using “>” to depict sub-menus. For example Adobe
Audition>Preferences> Audio Hardware means click on the Adobe Audition menu, then
go down that menu to Preferences and in that menu select Audio Hardware
Keyboard shortcuts are written in bold capitals. A plus sign (+) means the two keys should
be pressed simultaneously. COMMAND + S means the “Command” key and the “S” key
should be pressed at the same time.
Important ancillary information is printed in red.
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Radio - Introduction
Applicable to All Radio Studios and Voice over booths.
There are four types of audio facility in the Monash Media Lab.
1) Radio Studio 1 (B538C) and its Control Room (B538B).
2) Radio Studio 2 (B538A).
3) Three Voice over Booths (B526B, B528B and B528A).
4) Five Video Editing Rooms where microphones are provided to record voice overs. (B529,
B530, B511A, B511B and B511C)
Radio Studio 1 is equipped with microphones and headphones to accommodate four
speakers at a desk for round-table discussion.
The attached Control Room is equipped with:
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QCart running on a dedicated computer
Adobe Audition software running on a dedicated computer.
D&R Airence Audio Mixer
A “behringer” U-Phoria UM2 audio interface
Hybrid facility for recording phone interviews
Additional microphone for contribution from the control room or separate Voice Over
recording.
Radio Studio 2 is equipped with:
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Three microphones
Hybrid facility for recording phone interviews
D&R Airmate Audio Mixer
Rolls Headphone Amplifier
Adobe Audition software and QCart (on the same computer).
Voice Over Booths are equipped with:
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A microphone
Hybrid facility for recording phone interviews
Adobe Audition software.
Video Editing Rooms are equipped with:
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A Microphone
A “behringer” U-Phoria UM2 audio interface
Adobe Audition software.
Terminology
Audition is part of the Adobe Creative Cloud software package for recording, editing and
exporting audio.
QCart is software for lining up audio files and replaying them on demand into live radio
productions.
Hybrid is the generic name for a device that connects a telephone line to a mixing desk so
an interview can be recorded.
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VO is a commonly used industry abbreviation for Voice Over
Fly-lead A loose lead available on the desk of the mixer with a 3.5mm jack. It can be
plugged into external audio devices such as mobile phones.
Workflows
There are three typical workflows
1) Record a Voice Over for export to an external device or application. Applicable to Studio
1, Studio 2, VO Booths and Video Editing Rooms.
2) Record or broadcast a studio based programme with multiple guests. Applicable to
Studio 1 and Studio 2.
3) Use the Hybrid Phone System to record a phone interview for export (applicable to Studio
1, Studio 2 and VO Booths) or to include phone contributions to a studio based production
(applicable to Studio 1 and Studio 2).
Logging In
The computers must be logged in as radio to run QCart and other applications. (If you login
with your personal account some apps will not work correctly.)
Computers in the Studios should log in with the radio account automatically when switched
on.
If the Mac in Studio 1 or Studio 2 is locked or fails to login use the following details…
User: radio
Password: monash1234
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Radio - Studio 1 and Control Room
Applicable to Studio 1.
There are four seats in Studio 1 with microphones numbered 1 to 4. A fifth microphone is
available in the control room numbered 5. Headphones are provided for each person.
Headphone volume is controlled by Announcer control on the D&R Airence Audio Mixer in
the control room and individual adjustments can be made using the four outputs of the Rolls
Headphone Amplifier in the Studio.
Mixing of audio signals from the microphones, Qcart and Hybrid telephone is controlled by
the D&R Airence Audio Mixer. See Radio Studio 1 Mixer for operation details.
Audio clips are played back by QCart on the computer labeled Aux 2 Playout Mac. See
QCart for operation details.
Audio is recorded using Audition on the computer labelled Aux 3 Recording Mac. See
Audition for details.
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Radio - Studio 1 and Control Room
Applicable to Studio 1.
The audio mixer has twelve faders. Six on the main panel and six on the ancillary panel on
the left.
Faders 1 to 5 control Microphones 1 to 5.
Aux 1 (Fader 6) is for external equipment that can be connected to a fly-lead.
Aux 2 (Fader 7) is the playback from the Playback Mac that runs QCart.
Aux 3 (Fader 8) is the return playback from the Recording Mac that runs Audition.
Phone (Fader 11) is the hybrid phone system.
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Monitoring is through the two wall mounted Yamaha speakers which have two controls on
the front that adjust the levels of Input 1 and Input 2.
Input 1 of the Yamaha speakers is the studio output of the desk and the volume can be
controlled by the Studio control on the desk. (1)
This input can automatically be muted when microphones are turned on by selecting the
Mute by Mic (2) option. (see illustration below) This is the recommended method of
monitoring.
Input 2 of the Yamaha speakers is the Master Output of the desk sent via the U-PHORIA
UMC202 box. Direct Monitor must be selected on the UMC202 (IN) This selection cannot
be automatically muted by the microphones.
Monitoring is also available through the headphones. Microphones are not muted.
Headphone level for the studio headphones is controlled by the Announcer control (3).
Talkback to the studio host is available through the TB (4) button.
Studio monitoring level controlled by volume control and Mute by Mic option.
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This section should not be adjusted. (The default positions are in brackets.)
Gain - The pre-fader input level. (CENTRE)
Line - Switches the channel to Line Level. (UP)
Mic - Switches the channel to Mic Level. (DOWN)
EQ High - Adjusts the high frequency response. (MIDDLE)
EQ Mid - Adjusts the middle frequency response. (MIDDLE)
EQ Low- Adjusts the low frequency response. (MIDDLE)
Sub - Assigns the channel to the Sub Master. (Off/Up position)
Prog - Assigns the channel to the Program Output (On/Down position)
Aux - Sends the channel to the Auxiliary bus (0, fully anti-clockwise.)
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Cue - Press this to Pre-Fade Listen to the audio without putting it to line.
On - Press this to put the channel to line . NB The button only lights when
the fader is raised above zero.
Fader - Sets the level of the incoming signal. In normal use the fader would
be raised to 0 to put the channel to air.
The is a detent at the bottom of the fader which switches the channel off.
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Radio - Studio 2
Applicable to Studio 2.
There are three microphones available in Studio 2. One for the Panel Operator/Host and two
for guests. The D&R Airmate mixer has a telephone hybrid built in to enable input from the
telephone.
Mixing of audio signals from the microphones, Qcart and Hybrid telephone is controlled by
the D&R Airmate Audio Mixer. See Radio Studio 2 Mixer for operation details.
Audio clips are played back by QCart. See QCart for operation details.
Audio is recorded using Audition. See Audition for details.
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Radio - Studio 2 - Mixer
Applicable to Studio 2.
The audio mixer has eight channel faders and two master faders.
Faders 1 to 3 control Microphones 1 to 3.
Aux 1 (Fader 5) is output of the computer (QCart etc.).
Aux 2 (Fader 6) is for connection of an external device through the fly lead.
Phone (Fader 8) is the hybrid phone system.
The two Master faders (Left and RIght) control the overall output of all the channels.
Monitoring is through the headphones only.
The volume for the Host can be controlled by the Phones control on the desk.
The volume for the headphones for the guests is controlled through the separate control on
the desktop. These should be kept at zero when not in use to prevent bleed back.
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This section should not be adjusted. (The default positions are in brackets.)
Gain - The pre-fader input level. (CENTRE)
Line - Switches the channel to Line Level. (UP)
Mic - Switches the channel to Mic Level. (DOWN)
EQ High - Adjusts the high frequency response. (MIDDLE)
EQ Mid - Adjusts the middle frequency response. (MIDDLE)
EQ Low- Adjusts the low frequency response. (MIDDLE)
Sub - Assigns the channel to the Sub Master. (Off/Up position)
Prog - Assigns the channel to the Program Output (On/Down position)
Aux - Sends the channel to the Auxiliary bus (0, fully anti-clockwise.)
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Cue - Press this to Pre-Fade Listen to the audio without putting it to line.
On - Press this to put the channel to line . NB The button only lights when
the fader is raised above zero.
Fader - Sets the level of the incoming signal. In normal use the fader would
be raised to 0 to put the channel to air.
The is a detent at the bottom of the fader which switches the channel off.
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Radio - QCart
Applicable to Radio Studios.
QCart can be launched by through the Mac Applications. This will present a new, empty
QCart workspace in the edit mode. QCart must be in Edit mode in order to load clips.
The dimensions of the grid can be adjusted using COMMAND + G and selecting a grid of 4,
9, 12, 16, 20 or 25 slots.
To load clips, locate the clip in a finder window and drag it into QCart. The boxes change to
indicate the hotkey assigned to each slot. Drop the clip in a slot from where it is to be played.
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When a clip is loaded, clicking on it will cause the clip’s details to be displayed in the panel
below the main window.
From here details can be
changed and a colour
assigned to the clip.
When the show is loaded clips can be auditioned using the keyboard shortcuts or by clicking
the play symbol on each clip.
It is possible to rearrange the order of the clips but be aware that doing so will loose the
QWERTY arrangement of the shortcuts.
To remove a clip from a slot, highlight it and press Delete.
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When the bulletin is ready go to the Show mode by pressing SHIFT + COMMAND + ] or
pressing the Show button.
As clips are required in the bulletin press the appropriate shortcut key or click on the clip to
play.
Pressing the shortcut key again or re-clicking on a clip will stop it and cause it to stop and
re-cue.
If needed the currently playing clips can be faded down over one second by pressing the
ESCAPE key once.
Pressing ESCAPE twice will halt all playing clips instantly.
The bulletin can be saved for archiving or later recall if needed.
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Voice Over 1 - 3
How to record a voice over…
To begin set the controls on the Digital Hybrid as shown below
The Mic Level (Send 1) should be at approx. 25%
Send 2 and Caller wound down to zero.
The headphone level (rightmost blue control) should be at approx. 50%.
Ensure the USB/Hybrid button is clicked out (Set to Hybrid)
Put on the headphones and ensure you can hear yourself and adjust the headphone level so
it is comfortable.
When you speak into the microphone the top pair of Green LED lights on the front of the
Hybrid should flash.
Proceed to the section on Adobe Audition for details on recording.
When you have concluded you recording turn the Mic Level (Send 1) to zero.
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Video Editing Room
To avoid feedback ensure the volume level on the external speakers is set to 0 or the
speakers are turned off.
Adjust the level knobs on the behringer box:
MIC/LINE GAIN 1 set to midway (dot at the top).
INST/GAIN 2 set to zero. (Wound fully anti-clockwise.)
OUTPUT set midway (dot at the top).
Proceed to the section on Adobe Audition for details on recording.
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Audition
Audition is part of the Adobe Creative Cloud software package for recording, editing,
exporting and saving audio.
To RECORD using Audition:
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Launch Audition from the Applications
It is important to ensure the Audio Input is set to record the microphone. It could be
that you are receiving an input signal from the internal microphone of the Mac which
will not provide optimal quality. These steps ensure the correct input:
From the menu select Adobe Audition>Preferences> Audio Hardware and in the
dialogue box that opens select the Default Input:
2.1.
In Control 1 select UMC202 192k
2.2.
In Radio Studio 2 select USB AUDIO CODEC
2.3.
In Voice Over Booths and Video Rooms select USB AUDIO CODEC
In Audition Click on Waveform button or
select File>New>Audio File or
press SHIFT + COMMAND + N.
Any of these actions will present you with the New Audio File dialogue box.
4.
In the dialogue box name your file with a
meaningful name.
5.
Choose Channels: Mono if you are recording a
single voice. Choose Channels: Stereo if you are
recording a telephone interview.
6.
Click OK and you will be presented with an empty
New Waveform.
7.
Press OPTION + I to monitor the incoming audio.
7.1.
Test that the channel is receiving audio by speaking into the microphone.
7.2.
In the Radio Studios there should be output on the Master faders of the
mixing desk which should also be on the meters in the Audition software.
8.
Press the Record button in the panel at the bottom of the screen or press SHIFT +
SPACE.
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Record the VO or Interview.
To stop press the Stop button or SPACE on the keyboard.
When finished recording Select File>Save or press COMMAND + S and save the
file.
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Telephone Interviews
In the VOICE OVER BOOTHS ensure that on the Universal Host the Hybrid is OFF by
pressing the Handset button.
In RADIO STUDIO 1 and 2 ensure the Conn button on the Phone channel is OFF.
See the Audition section to set up a Stereo recording session.
Make the call on the telephone and establish connection with the interview subject using the
handset of the telephone. NB The Hybrid will not work if the inbuilt speaker of the phone is
used. The handset must be lifted from the cradle.
In the VO Booths:
● Ensure the USB/Hybrid button is clicked out (Set to Hybrid)
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Once the call is established press the Online button.
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Speak to the caller through the microphones and monitor through the headphones to
establish that the connection has been made.
● Adjust the levels using Send 1 to attenuate the microphone level and Caller or
attenuate the level of the incoming call.
● The lower three LEDs on the Universal Host indicate in incoming level from the
phone and can be adjusted using the volume level on the phone itself.
● The signal from the microphone should be recorded on Channel 1 and the voice of
the telephone interviewee should be on Channel 2. This will enable further editing of
the independent signals later on.
● NB If the caller is hearing an echo of themselves back it may be worth getting them
to talk constantly for approximately 30 seconds and see if the echo diminishes.
● Record in Audition (Refer to the Audition Procedure for details.)
In the Radio Studios:
● Establish the call using the handset of the phone.
● When established press the Conn button on the Phone channel on the mixing desk.
(Turn on the channel and raise the fader of the Microphone and Phone. The phone
should now be heard through the studio monitoring. The handset can now be
replaced on the phone.)
● Record in Audition (Refer to the Audition Procedure for details.)
● At the conclusion of your session press the Conn button again to hang up the phone
and release the phone line.
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Skype
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Launch Skype and login to your account. (NB In Studio 1 use the Playout Mac).
Open Skype>Preferences>Audio/Video
In Radio Studio 1:
○ Set Microphone to UMC202 192k
○ Set Speakers to Built In Output (Headphones)
○ Wind up the faders for the Playout Mac (Aux3) and Microphone(s)
In the Voice Over booths and Studio 2:
○ Set Microphone to USB AUDIO CODEC
○ Set Speakers to USB AUDIO CODEC
○ In Studio 2 wind up the faders for the Mac (Aux 1) and Microphone
Close the Preferences window.
Set up Audition to prepare to record (Refer to the Audition procedure)
Go to Skype and establish the call.
Record in Audition and proceed with the interview.
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Troubleshooting
Before commencing Troubleshooting procedures check that all equipment is turned on and
settings have been set according to the instructions in this document.
Do not skip this step. Do it now. It will save embarrassment if you have to ask for help later.
VO Booths
No Audio
Is Send 1 turned up? Turn up Send 1.
Is the power to the Hybrid box lit? Check power. Seek help.
Is the USB/Hybrid button pressed in? Release the button.
Check the Audio mapping in Audition to ensure CH 1 = CH 1 / CH 2 = CH2 etc.
Advanced users only:
Check the Mic/Line button on the rear of the Hybrid is pressed IN to the Mic position.
Check power to the microphone.
Check USB connection between Hybrid box and Mac.
Audio metering is working but no sound through the headphones.
Check the headphones level control.
Check the plug is firmly seated in the socket.
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Media Lab Phone Directory
Room Name
Extention
Room Number
Access
Edit 1
31225
B529
Internal Only
Edit 2
31216
B530
Internal Only
Edit 3
31180
B511A
Internal Only
Edit 4
31175
B511B
Internal Only
Edit 5
31179
B511C
Internal Only
Radio Control 1
31188
B538B
Internal Only
Radio Hybrid 1
32572
B538B
Internal Only
Radio Studio 1
31184
B538C
Internal Only
Radio Control 2
31189
B538A
Internal Only
Radio Hybrid 2
32576
B538A
Internal Only
RSR Hybrid (MC)
32570
B527
Full (not intl.)
Theatrette
31183
B537
Internal Only
TV Control 1
31194
B534
Full (not intl.)
TV Control 2
31193
B534
Full (not intl.)
Voice Over 1
34264
B526B
Internal Only
Voice Over 2
31229
B528B
Internal Only
Voice Over 3
31220
B528A
Internal Only
Add prefix 990 to the extension for external callers to ring in.
Dial 0 (zero) for an external line (where available).
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