Recording Booth Tips

  1. Make an appointment with a DLC staff member
    • Use the appointment system (go/dlcappointment) to learn about the booths before you start your project. Even if you don’t plan on recording the same day that we review how to use the booth, we can go through the recording process with you.
  2. Reserve a recording booth
    • Use the DLC reservation system (go/recordingboothreserve) to make sure a booth is available when you need it. If you happen to be in the DLC when you want to reserve a time, there is an iPad on the wall by the Blue Booth that can help you with that. Just ask someone to help you!
  3. Choose the program
    • Garageband or Audacity can record audio, and Camtasia is great for recording both your face and your voice. You can also use Skype (and record your calls) in the recording booths.  Learn more about each program with your MIIS student account at go.miis.edu/lynda.
  4. Set yourself up for success
    • Make sure you are prepared with the material you want to record. Scripting your podcast or video can make the whole process smoother than just speaking-off-the-cuff. Try practicing your script out loud before you record. It will flow more smoothly when you do the real thing, and you’ll have a sense of the length.
  5. Record!
    • Once you hit the record button, just go for it! Say everything you have to say. If you think you messed up, just pause for moment and start again from a few lines back. Editing after you’ve recorded the bulk of your project is always easier than trying to edit as you go.
  6. Edit later
    • Editing creates meaning. You decide what remains in the final product, and it’s easy to delete sections that don’t belong, or rearrange clips to make yourself sound better. DLC staff members can help you learn the functions of the audio editing software, or do a tutorial at go.miis.edu/lynda.
  7. Export and save
    • When your project is complete, export (save) your work.  Find Share amidst the drop-down menus above and click on export (or Export Song to Disk in Garageband) to save it, with your name, in an easily located place like the desktop. Be sure to transfer it to your own media, such as an external flash drive or to the cloud when you’re done. Don’t lose your project. if it’s not saved in at least 2 places, it’s probably not saved at all.