Mini Recording Studio and Specifications
This article applies to: Classroom Technologies
The mini recording studio provides a specially built location where faculty and other instructors can record course content while they are sitting or standing in front of a flat panel display.
For unit and departmental AV staff working to create all new audio-video installations, CIT's AV Installation service can consult to produce best results.
The mini studios currently allow instructors to record content using the built-in studio computer.
Instructors have the option to bring their own lavalier (lapel) microphone or to use the studio’s built-in microphone. The studio includes a web camera, a USB document camera, a Wacom annotation tablet, and a large-format (65" or bigger) monitor. Recording at a mini studio is done using either Panopto or Zoom.
Lighting and acoustical treatment would also be provided but produce best results when tailored to specific spaces. Other considerations include power, data network connections, ambient lighting, acoustics, room access/security, and furniture.
For AV Staff: Technical Details (with typical ordering information)
ikan Piatto PL74 Daylight Soft Panel
(Daylight, warmer, 5600k, works better in rooms with exterior windows)
At B&H Photo & Electronics - $227.52
Impact Light Stand, Black (6') if using the Ikan Piatto Lights with stand
At B&H Foto & Electronics - $20 each
Alternative: Videssence ViewMe S LED Light Kit with Stands (Incandescent, 3000k)
At B&H Foto & Electronics - $228
Logitech PTZ Pro 2
At B&H Foto & Electronics - $777
Alternative option : Atlona AT-HDVS-CAM
Pen Input Display
Wacom One Creative Pen Display (for more information see Annotation tablet)
At B&H Foto & Electronics - $384
USB Document Camera
Ipevo VZ-R (for more information see Document Camera)
Microphone option #1 (BYOD Lavalier lapel, similar to Countryman B3, for more information see Lavalier Microphone)
Senal XU-1648 XLR-to-USB Interface
Pearstone PM Series XLR Male to XLR Female Professional Microphone Cable (15')
Electro-Voice TXA - TA4-Male to XLR-Male Adapter
Microphone option #2 (shotgun)
Rode VideoMic NTG Hybrid Analog/USB Camera-Mount Shotgun Microphone
Flat Frog InGlass Pen
Cornell University Acoustic Design and Construction Standards
Recommendations can vary depending on the room space. For mini recording studio spaces it may be best to pursue treating the room to reduce reverberation (RT60 times) and eliminate potential room modes (reflected sounds).
Price will vary for treatment—CIT can help consult.
Monitor recommendations: as of Summer 2020, the Integrated Audio-Video team recommends using the Samsung QB65 line. Size of the monitor depends on available space.
It's also recommended to mount the panel on a moveable Chief cart, so that it can be used or moved out of the way as needed.
65” RU8000 - $969
AV switcher (USB, Video, Audio auto switching with power charging over USB-C
Chief MFC Medium Flat Panel AV Cart
Dell Desktop setup (in-room computer that will run Panopto, Zoom, and other required applications)
Dell Optiplex 5070 - $800
24” Dell Display U2415 - $204
Logitech S120 speakers - $15
Total - $1019