Recording Room

Recording with SoundCloud

By Sue Jenkins, Clinical Assistant Professor of Art

At the start of the fall 2015 semester, I found myself in need of having to record some audio files for a special facilities tour project I’m working on for the Art Department. After consulting a few people and researching tools on Google, I quickly determined that the best tool for the job would be a free account with SoundCloud. If you haven’t heard of SoundCloud before, it’s “An audio platform that enables sound creators to upload, record, promote and share their originally-created sounds.” Perfect!

Though I’d never used SoundCloud before I was confident I could figure it out on the fly, so all I really needed next to get started was a place to record. After a quick email to Kathy Lewis, Assistant Director of Marywood User Support, I discovered that I could schedule solo time in one of OIT’s three new Recording Rooms, located on the 3rd Floor of the Learning Commons. Each of the rooms are equipped with standard PC’s and internet service along with specialized software for course content development and presentation assignments including webcams and microphones for content development using Panopto or Audacity. In addition, one of the rooms is also equipped with a VCR/DVD combo unit that may be used to view videos that are on reserve in the LC.

Before my scheduled recording date in the Learning Commons, I signed up for a free SoundCloud account for the Marywood Art Department. Then I spent about an hour poking around to see how it all worked. Turns out it was pretty easy to learn, and any questions I had were easily searchable in SoundCloud’s help center. I also created a test recording and uploaded some graphics to customize the account profile.

When I arrived in OIT, Kathy showed me my recording room and I jumped right in. First, I logged into my SoundCloud account. Then I tried out the microphone set up to see how loud I should talk into it to create a crisp and clear recording. After a quick test track (hello, hello, abc, 123, testing, testing…) I was ready to start recording my audio tracks. Some tracks went smoothly while others needed to be rerecorded, but overall the experience went smoothly, and within a little under two hours I had recorded 20 tracks! At the end of the process I spent a few minutes labeling the tracks, making them public, and adding tags (keywords) to help make them easier for people to find.

To listen to my recordings, visit the Marywood Art Department SoundCloud at https://soundcloud.com/marywoodart

To reserve a Recording Room for one of your own projects, simply submit a request to the Help Desk located at the Knowledge Bar at the entrance to the Learning Commons.

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Marywood Bibliophiles: Show Your Shelf!

Ahem. Hello! You there, under that pile of books. 

Do you:

  • Keep an office or dorm room “library” or personal book collection?
  • Have your own organization system?
  • Have an epic collection on a particular subject that is the envy of your peers?
  • Or, maybe you keep a few treasured companions on an esteemed shelf for inspiration that no one is allowed to touch, especially your roommate or significant other?
Is this your office, apartment, or dorm room?

Is this your office, apartment, or dorm room?

We suspect there are many of you that do–and we’d love to hear about what takes up space on YOUR shelves.

“Sharing your shelf is sharing yourself – showcasing the building blocks that have crafted your knowledge, personality, and identity.”

-Peter Knox. The Guardian, “What Does Your Bookshelf Say About You?”

The Learning Commons Blog is scoping out Marywood’s faculty and student libraries to share and celebrate on the blog. We’re exploring the questions:

What does your library say about you? Is it descriptive or  aspirational? Is it the library of a former self, an alter-ego or autobiographical? What insights would it provide a stranger about you? What % have you read? How do you organize and collect books? And more!

Submit a photograph or a manifesto of your collection to: aavery@maryu.marywood.edu with the subject: “Show My Shelf!” We’ll contact you with a few questions and highlight it on our blog!

If your library is notorious, we might come knocking anyway. 

Instagram: #marywoodlearningcommons #showyourshelf

Say a little, say a lot–or let your shelves speak for themselves!

TechKnows: Printing

Hello, and welcome to the very first “Tech Knows” post! My name is Riley from the Help Desk, located at the Knowledge Bar. These posts will essentially be mini-guides on how to get the most out of your Learning Commons experience. The Help Desk has received a lot of questions on how to print, so I’m here to provide a quick-and-easy answer.

STOP! BEFORE YOU PRINT, MAKE SURE OF THE FOLLOWING:

  • The GO Print symbol is in the bottom right task bar. If not, restart the computer.
  • You have enough Pacer Points to print. Check by double-clicking on the GO Print symbol and signing in with your MarywoodYOU Portal username and password. On the right you should see your funds. If you don’t have enough, see below.
  • The printer selected for the job is “gplrcrefb” (black and white) or “gplrcrefc” (color). If not, select it in the drop-down box.

If you don’t have Pacer Points:

  1. Sign in to the MarywoodYOU Portal.
  2. Click on “Manage your Pacer Points” in the left column.
  3. Sign in with your MarywoodYOU Portal username and password.
  4. If you do not have a credit card logged in to the system, click on “Add Credit Card” and have your card ready to fill in the fields.
  5. Click on “Add Funds” on the home page.
  6. Fill in the fields and click “Continue.” Tip: minimum is $10. You get a 10% bonus when you add $20 or more.
  7.  Click “Add Funds” and your transaction will process.
  8. You should see your new balance on the home page.

Tip: these are not the same as meal plan points. You can use these Pacer Points for anything on campus, printing and food included.

Now that you have Pacer Points, print away!

Keep in mind that printing in black and white is six (6) cents a page and printing in color is twenty-five (25) cents a page. You can print to any GO Print printer on campus, but the library printers are gplrcrefb (black and white) and gplrcrefc (color).

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As always, if you have any further questions, visit us at the Knowledge Bar! We’re always happy to help.

This is Riley, signing off!

Do you have any suggestions for other Tips & Tricks? Leave a comment below!