New audio suite opens in Dimensions Lab

Closeup of the Audio Lab's new recording setup.WSU students, faculty, and staff now have access to a state-of-the-art audio editing equipment for producing podcasts, music recordings, and videos.

Located in Holland Library’s Dimensions Lab, the new Audio Lab lab officially opened on Jan. 28.

Equipment includes a Whisper Room isolation booth and studio desk as well as a powerful computer with two displays and a microphone, stand, and windscreen.

There are also four high-quality studio monitors; MOTU 828es audio interface, patch bay, and ART Voice Channel preamp; controller hardware, including DaVinci Resolve Speed Editor, a Novation MIDI keyboard, and a LinnStrument. Digital audio workstation software includes Reaper, Pro Tools, Adobe Audition, Audacity, Ableton Live, and Native Instruments Komplete.

Scott Blasco, music associate professor; Reza Safavi, fine arts associate professor and digital media coordinator; and Ruth Gregory, digital technology and culture career track assistant professor, all played a major role in making the audio lab a reality.

WSU Libraries’ Jason Anderson worked with a large group of collaborators to develop a Student Technology Fee proposal to fund the audio lab, which was awarded in 2019.

Student posing in the Audiolab.
A WSU student working the new Audio Lab (photo by Bob Hubner, WSU Photo Services).

The Audio Lab is available for four hours a day from noon–4 p.m., with no renewals, Monday through Friday on school days during the semester. The lab can be checked out once in a seven-day period and sessions booked up to two weeks in advance.

For more information and to reserve the Audio Lab, visit the Dimensions Lab webpage.

Top photo: The new Audio Lab in Holland Library’s Dimensions Lab (photo by Bob Hubner, WSU Photo Services). 

By Nella Letizia, WSU Libraries, for WSU Insider