Saving Your Work While in the Inspiration Lab
Save your project (*.aup) file frequently.
Use a USB drive or portable hard drive to save your work. You should have at least 1GB of space available when starting a new project. The longer the project, the more space it will take up.
Audacity defaults to creating copies of imported files as part of your project file, so that you do not need to worry about moving or deleting the original files. However, to save space, you may wish to change this setting. Find out more in the Audacity Manual, under Managing Audacity Projects.
When your project is complete, export it as a sharable audio file (*.mp3, etc).
See Saving Your Work for more detailed informaiton on saving and exporting.
See also the General Technology Skills guide for more information on this.
Wiping your Data When Done
Allow time before the end of your booking for large file transfers. This may take 30 (or more) minutes.
After saving your files on your USB (recommended), external hard drive, or cloud storage, and you are sure you have saved your work, use the “Delete All Work Files” icon on the desktop to ensure that your files and personal information are erased before the next person uses the computer.
To clear your infromation, double click the icon, then confirm by clicking "yes".
Audio Editing with Audacity
The Inspiration Lab is a free place dedicated to digital creativity, collaboration and storytelling. It features high-performance computers, analog-to-digital conversion, sound studios, video editing and self-publishing software.
The Inspiration Lab has workstations for editing digital audio files with Audacity, a free, open source digital audio recording and editing program available for most computer operating systems (Windows, Mac OS, Linux, etc). With Audacity, you can:
- Import and export many major audio file formats (see File Formats for details)
- Record and play back sounds
- Cut, copy, and paste sounds, with unlimited levels of undo
- Mix audio on multiple tracks
- Apply digital effects to your sound files
- Make precise adjustments to audio speed (tempo) while maintaining pitch. This means you can synchronize with video, or run for a predetermined length of time.
Booking Inspiration Lab Equipment
The Inspiration Lab has specialised software, studio space, and equipment to help you create and experiment with traditional and digital media. Studios, equipment, and computers within the Inspiration Lab are available for booking if you have a library card with the Vancouver Public Library.
The Inspiration Lab is open during regular Central library hours (although the recording studios close half an hour before the rest of the library).
Recording studios, Digitization Stations, and Creation Stations can be booked for maximum of 3 hours per day. Bookings can be made up to two weeks in advance. For more information on booking, please see the full booking instructions.
We recommend you begin saving your project or work at least 30 minutes before the end of your session. This is in case you have large files to transfer or you want to burn your work to a disc.