Setting up a recording booth…



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Setting up a

recording booth…
Story Recording Booths can be very simple to set up. Below, we have identified a few suggestions:

Where to set up a Story Recording Booth…

Locate your story booth in a relatively quiet area (a Writing Center, a Library, an office, a computer lab).

How to set up a Story Recording Booth...

The simplest Story Recording Booths include:

A laptop computer with

• a built-in microphone,

a built-in camera,

­­• access to the Internet (an Ethernet cable plugged into the wall).



A basic audio/video-recording software package.

We recommend Quicktime Pro (an inexpensive piece of software that will record both audio and video). A copy of Quicktime Pro is $29.95 and can be downloaded for Macs or PCs.


More elaborate Story Recording booths can include:

A directional microphone that can be plugged into the laptop (which will give you better sound quality and noise control). We often use a small Sony ECMMS907 mic,

Some sort of three-sided enclosure (like a large cardboard box with one side cut out (which will minimize noise). You can cover the cardboard with material if you’d like.

More powerful audio and video editing software (which some people will know how to use, but others may not!)

For audio editing, we often use Audacity for audio editing (which is free and can be used on either Mac or PC platforms) or Garageband (which comes on Macs only).

For video editing, we often use IMovie (Macs), Movie Maker (PCs).


Where to go for help…

Collaborate with knowledgeable colleagues in digital media studies, your central computing office, your department, the library, your Writing Center, the campus Center for Teaching Excellence, computer labs around campus, communication departments, etc.


Refer to our Recording Tips handout.



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