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Learn how to record any kind of audio using the Inspiration Lab equipment.
Last Updated: Aug 14, 2017 URL: http://guides.vpl.ca/sound_recording Print Guide RSS Updates

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Saving Your Work While in the Inspiration Lab

Save your work using - Audacity or Reaper - that you use to record.  Please bring your own USB drive large enough to save your project, a 16 or 32 GB drive should work. See the Saving Your Work tab in this guide for more detailed information or for information on saving in various formats.  For further editing please refer to the Basic Audio Editing (Audacity) or Advanced Audio Editing (Reaper) guides. 

See the General Technology Skills guide for more information on this.

Remember to leave yourself enough time to save your work, pack up and be finished 10 minutes before the end of your booking time so that staff have time to prepare the station for the next booking. 


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".


Sound Recording Lab Equipment

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.

Sound and Video Recording Studios   

  • 5 x 7 foot sound booth with microphones, webcams and computer workstation (3)  
  • 7 x 11 foot sound booth with microphones (2), webcam, eight channel audio mixer, monitors, and computer workstation (1)   
  • 11 x 16 foot recording room with green screen wall, video camera with dolly, LED video lighting, and studio microphones with a connected producer space containing a computer workstation and 18-channel audio mixer (1)  

See also our audio editing guides: Basic Audio Editing with Audacity and  Advanced Audio Editing with Reaper



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.



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