The Marriott Library's Audio Studio was created to assist the University of Utah community integrate digital learning objects into curriculum/course projects. It houses a soundproof Studio with professional microphones and the capacity for creating, recording and editing digital sound files.
The Audio Studio is located within the Faculty Center: Room 1705-X. The Faculty Center is located on Level 1 of the Marriott Library. Behind the glass doors; across from Mom's Café. Near the West (Bookstore) entrance to the Library
Performance Room, with microphones, of the Audio Studio
Robert J. Nelson - Audio Projects Librarian; Head of Audio-Visual Services
Robert has worked in the Marriott Library since 1988. Hired as an Academic Librarian in 1994, he has worked in Government Documents, the Curriculum Library and the Digital Scholarship Lab. Robert is now the Head for Audio & Video Services in the Creativity & Innovation Services Department.
Since 1988 Nelson has been a deejay on local community radio station KRCL 90.9FM. He is the host of the Saturday afternoon Reggae program Smile Jamaica. From 2003-2012 he conducted political interviews on the station's Radioactive listener call-in program. He conducted more than 400 hour long interviews with local, national and international guests: Howard Zinn, Ralph Nader, Rocky Anderson, Daniel Ellsberg, Amy Goodman and Naomi Klein to name a few. He has nearly 30 years experience in recording and editing sound.
The Audio (as well as Video) Studios were placed in the Faculty Center as a way to group Course Development Projects with other partners like the Center For Teaching & Learning Excellence, Teaching & Learning Technologies and Instructional Media Service. The primary purpose was to help Faculty develop Audio (and Video) for curricular projects and online course development.
Right away, the Audio-Video Staff saw the potential for expanding the services to include: Graduate Students, Undergraduates and selected Community Groups.
The expectation to integrate sound and visual imagery into various curricular projects is ever expanding. The Audio and Video suite of services provides space, equipment and expertise to help multi media projects come to fruition.
Students recording and engineering a School of Music performance
How and When?
- Contact Robert for a consultation
- Robert books all the recordings
- Robert records/engineers the recordings
- Robert can arrange access if you have your own equipment or just need access to the soundproof performance space
- Robert delivers the file to a flashdrive, disk or cloud account
- Robert can assist in sound editing or (limited) post production
- Robert is available to assist, advise and/or instruct individuals or classes on sound recording, interviewing for research and sound editing or sound art projects
What sound looks like
Types of Audio Recording Projects
- Course Lecture Podcasts for Faculty & Graduate Students
- Interviews, Focus Groups, Oral Histories
- Digital Storytelling & Documentary Film Narration
- Public Service Announcements for Public Radio broadcast/marketing
- Poetry, Spoken Word, Drama & Theater Auditions
- Automated Dialogue Recording for Student Films
- Anime and Video Game Audio/Soundtracks
- PowerPoint/Slide Show Narration
- Landline phone access for remote interview capability
- Sound Art
Interviews for research is a major use of the Audio Studio
The Audio Studio is in a faculty space with limited weekday hours. It also requires arrangement with Media Studios personnel for most use.
This led to the establishment of a Podcast Booth:
The Podcast Booth is a user scheduled, soundproof recording facility housed in a public space within the Library. That space is called Protospace; Level 2 Marriott Library.
It is meant to complement the Audio Studio. Users can record decent audio using a Snowball microphone and Audacity digital audio recorder.
During the Covid 19 pandemic, podcasting from home became a necessity.
To faciliate remote media creation, the Marriott Library purchased 9 podcasting kits: a Snowball USB microphone and hard plastic carry case. Check-out is available at the Knowledge Commons Desk, Level 2 Marriott Library. Students can check them out for 30 days. Staff and Faculty 3 days.
ContactRobert J. Nelson, Head Media Studios
1705-V Faculty Center
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT 84112