One of the many jobs required of a beginning recording engineer is to ensure that the place of employment is in proper operating order. Your current "place of employment" is the MDIA Sound Studio complex (referred to throughout as MDIA Sound). Rooms governed by these policies include:
In an effort to make us all responsible users of MDIA Sound, the school has implemented the following policies. These school wide policies & procedures supersede any studio procedures that may be spelled out in course syllabi.
All students are responsible for the order and cleanliness of MDIA Sound as well as issues that may arise through the normal course of studio use. The pictures included in this manual show the condition that each of the rooms shall be in at the conclusion of any session or class of which you are part. To ensure all students are properly informed on studio operation please reference the individual room guides through this online manual.
Learn about reserving time for course assignments & projects using Media Cal.To report an issue with the studio either file a report in Media Cal or send an email to email@example.com.
Access to MDIA Sound facilities is provided only to students actively enrolled in courses that necessitate their specific use. If a student is not enrolled in a course that specifies MDIA Sound facilities as the class location they will be denied access. Facility access is provided at the end of the first week once all students are enrolled in classes.
Students access MDIA Sound facilities using student ID cards. Students who lose / replace their studnt IDs during the semester must notify the MDIA office immediately to retain access as the ID must then be reprogrammed. Students will be charged a $25 fee for all lock reprogramming after the second week of the semester. This fee is also assessed for students who add the course after the second week of the semester. Any fees associated with investigating a studio incident will be assessed to the guilty party. Please note that the MDIA Sound facilities operate 24hr/day during the semester.
III. Policies & Procedures
There are several general policies and operational guidelines which must be abided by at all times:
There is absolutely NO FOOD or DRINK of any kind allowed in ANY of the control rooms in the recording complex by anyone, including the artists you bring in to record. Water MAY be consumed in recording spaces (not control rooms) provided it is kept in a sealed container.
Bringing any alcoholic beverage or any recreational drugs into the studio is strictly prohibited by the laws of the State of Ohio.
Sessions are to be limited to 6 hours each.
You are not allowed to book back-to-back sessions.
Outside of booked sessions, MPRI students are able to use the facility for practice if it is found either a) empty and unbooked or b) empty with time abandoned. Studio time is considered abandoned if the facility is not in use within 1 hour of a session’s start time. MPRI students should use common sense when determining if the facility is likely in use and must verify availability by referencing Media Cal. Walk in sessions must operate within the boundaries of all other booked sessions. Any students found to be abusing the privilege to walk and use unbooked time will be punished accordingly.
MDIA Sound may be closed over breaks / holidays, at which time usage is prohibited.
Equipment is to be used in a safe, orderly, and appropriate manner that does not affect / damage its normal operation.
Student Engineers will be held financially responsible for damage to any studio equipment caused by negligence that occurs during their booked studio time by any member of the party.
All studio equipment shall be inventoried (microphones, headphones, cables, etc) before and after your sessions as you are solely responsible for ensuring these items don't leave the studio.
Your scheduled studio time includes setup and cleanup so always plan accordingly.
Reports must be promptly filed via Media Cal following all studio time in which any issues within the studio should be reported (within 2-3 days). All reports should indicate complete details of issues encountered (what piece of equipment, channel number, etc.), troubleshooting steps taken, etc. Do not provide a one line incident report - the more information provided the better. If a piece of equipent is damaged, which could be confused with other (headphones, mic stands, cables, duplicate mics, etc), you should mark the gear as damaged so facility staff can easily identify the equipment in your report. Remember, failure to report an incudent is an admission of culpability.
Be aware that your studio usage may be monitored and recorded as part of our ongoing livestreaming efforts.
Verify your artist’s availability prior to reserving studio time on Media Cal as time wasted due to engineer/producer negligence is unacceptable.
Studio doors are not to be blocked open at any time. Ensure that all studio doors are securely locked when leaving.
Granting studio access to unauthorized persons is strictly prohibited. This includes providing your ID to anyone not enrolled in classes that require use of MDIA Sound Studio or simply opening the door for someone. If they can't open the door with their ID, they don't need to be in the room. This also includes booking studio time for a friend, swapping hours with an individual who has run out of their allotted time (or been banned), modifying your past studio usage in Media Cal to acquire more time, or using the studio “off the books” so that it doesn’t count towards your usage.
Make sure you and everyone associated with your session understands these policies and their related consequences.
Your job at the end of your time in the studio is to "zero" the facility just like a console. This will at least include:
Zero the console.
Remove all patches and replace patch cables to the cable rack.
All mic cables properly wrapped and stored on the pegs.
All mics returned to their proper peg in the mic closet.
All headphones returned to storage pegs.
Mic stands, Furman headphone boxes, lamps, and music stands stored neatly in a line, as illustrated in the photos below (Section IV).
Trash cans emptied if full into the dumpsters located at first-floor loading dock area.
Floors free of debris.
Video monitors and projectors in control rooms turned off.
Lights turned off by the last person to leave.
Any other miscellaneous equipment returned to the appropriate storage spaces and closets, not Isolation booths which are not storage roos.
Foley pits closed and Foley props returned to the prop closet and organized on the shelves.
All chairs returned to their "nested" position.
IV. Violations & Consequences
If, at any time, faculty or staff finds one of the MDIA Sound Studios in anything but pristine condition or a violation of any of the policies stated above is discovered, there will be consequences.
The studio is inspected every morning for studio policy infractions: should a piece of equipment show damaged in any way, the facility be found not-zeroed (microphone cables improperly wrapped, microphones not stored in their appropriate spot, etc.), the facility found messy by the unauthorized presence of food /drink, or any other infraction of studio policy be discovered, one or all of the following corses of action will be taken:
All students may be denied entry (with the exception of regularly scheduled class meetings) for a period of time to be determined by Scripps College of Communication Faculty and Staff.
An investigation may be conducted by both the School of Media Arts & Studio and Ohio University Police into the matter.
Non-equipment related violations:
Note: Consider all consequences above “minimum sentences”. The School of Media Arts & Studies in coordination with MPRI faculty have ultimate discretion as to how policies are administered. MPRI faculty can, at their discretion, determine that any offense is severe enough to warrant immediate failure of a student’s enrolled audio course, a permanent facility ban, the suggestion of criminal prosecution, and / or a damage charge to a student’s bursar account.
Keep reading for example photos of a clean MDIA Sound which are contained in Section VI.
V. Scripps College Photo Release Agreement
As indicated in my signing of the MDIA Sound Studio Policies, I either:
Agreement With Ohio University
I understand that films, photographs, or reproductions have been made in which I appear. I agree to let the Scripps College of Communication, its subsidiaries, and its agents publish or make other public use of these films, photographs and other reproductions.
I also agree to give the Scripps College of Communication, its subsidiaries, and its agents all responsibility and authority for inspecting, approving and selecting these pictures.
While the Scripps College of Communication agrees not to make any deliberate distortion or other alteration of these pictures, I agree not to hold it liable for any distortion or alteration that may result.
VI. Example Photos of a Clean MDIA Sound Studio