The Upgraded Studio 6: What’s New and How Do I Use It?
I know it’s been a little while since winter session, hopefully the new semester is going well for all of you. But, I wanted to bring everyone’s attention to some changes that were made during everyone’s winter break. We made some serious changes to our dedicated sound studio, Studio 6. First of all, what is Studio 6 and how can you use it? Studio 6 is a reservable room here at the SMDC that focuses on the recording, editing, and production of music and other audio. There’s a studio quality mic for recording anything from vocals, to guitar, to voice overs and more. There’s also speakers as well as headphones in the studio, in addition to a mixer that can be used to control specific aspects of the sounds you’re recording and playing. For editing there are several programs of varying power/difficulty of use; from the easy to use Audacity to more powerful programs such as Logic and Ableton Live. This studio can be reserved like any other studio here at the SMDC by simply coming to the desk and asking a staff member if you can reserve the room. So, now that you know what Studio 6 is, what exactly changed and what’s the best way to use it now?
There were several pieces of equipment that got replaced over the winter, the first being the speakers. The old speakers while not bad, were unimpressive in their sound quality. Nothing ever really sounded sharp, and the bass was always came out a little bit muddied. To the average user this might not be a big deal, but to someone producing music or recording a song it makes a world of difference. So, we replaced the old speakers in the studio with a nice new set of Mackie CR Series Monitors, and let me tell you the sounds you create and record never sounded crisper.
The biggest change we made in the studio was replacing the old mixer with a nice and clean looking, simpler to use but still powerful new one. To those of you not familiar with music equipment and terms surrounding it, a mixer (or audio interface) is used to do several things. You can plug headphones, speakers, and microphones into it, adjust the input/output volume of each of them separately, and adjust some minor details regarding sound such as the amount of high/low frequency sound you want to allow through something. The old mixer we had was really large and bulky, and it was also confusing. There were somewhere around 40 knobs on the thing and trying to figure out exactly what you were changing was extremely frustrating to someone that isn’t a pro. So, this piece of non user-friendly technology was replaced with something smaller, more powerful, easier to use, and better looking. Introducing the Focusrite Clarett 8Pre, this sleek red box has only 11 knobs, and only 3 of them are really important for the everyday user. The one on the far left controls the input volume of the microphone, directly to the right of the led bars is the output volume of the speakers, and the left of the silver knobs controls the volume through the headphones. Everything else probably won’t be needed for the average user. If when using the studio you get confused, there’s a laminated instrction sheet on the table in front of the mixer with everything you need to know!
That about sums up the changes in Studio 6, I highly suggest reserving it and trying some of the new equipment out at some point! Thanks for reading, and I hope your creativity can be better transformed into something you can be proud of in our new and redesigned Studio 6!