Film and Media Arts: Sound & Media Design
Audio & Video Equipment on Campus
Students enrolled in a University of Utah film production course are eligible to use Film and Media Arts Department facilities and equipment.
Teaching & Learning Technologies (TLT) provides access to audio and video recording equipment, free of charge, for course-related assignments. Faculty approval is required. (It is highly recommended that faculty contact TLT directly, to give them advance notice of the specific course, assignment, and students who will need access to equipment.)
- General information about TLT equipment and services, and the request form
- Checkout Policy for all users
- Equipment list and rentals (fees apply only if not course-related)
Audio & Video Equipment at Marriott Library
The Marriott Library has audio and video equipment available for check out and for in-studio use.
- Knowledge Commons Desk: Most equipment can be borrowed for up to 4 hours and must be returned before closing time. Exceptions include GoPro Hero 3 and Wi-Fi Hotspot, which can be borrowed for up to 3 days.
- Audio Recording Studio: In-depth acoustic sound and voice projects can be recorded here. Get assistance from the studio manager, or get certified and schedule the studio for you own use in the evenings and on weekends.
- Video Studio: In-depth video projects can be recorded here. Get assistance from the studio manager, or get certified and schedule the studio for you own use in the evenings and on weekends.
- One Button Studio: This an automated, self-service video recording studio designed to simplify media-enhanced academic work. THE ONE BUTTON STUDIO IS IN USABILITY TESTING MODE. IT WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR USE IN LATE SUMMER 2017.
Streaming Music & Sounds
The databases and e-books listed below are provided through a subscription paid, in part or entirely, by Marriott Library. These resources can be accessed by anyone using a computer on-campus or who has an active uNID account off-campus.
- Pro Sound Effects This link opens in a new windowPro Sound Effects (PSE) has curated 350,000+ sound effects for "synchronized use" in many media: television, radio, film, multimedia and audio-visual presentations, websites, computer games, music, and live stage performances. Click here for Support and FAQs about the PSE database.
- Naxos Music LibraryContains more than 43,340 CDs, over 621,400 tracks of music. 1,000 CDs are added every month. Provides comprehensive liner notes, opera synopses, libretti, and composer and artist biographies. Genres include: classical music, contemporary jazz, world/folk, contemporary instrumental, Chinese music, and pop and rock.
- Western Soundscape ArchiveThe Western Soundscape Archive recognizes the vital connection between places and their soundscapes. It features audio recordings of animals and environments throughout the western United States. It currently includes representative sounds of approximately 90% of the West's bird species, 95% of the region’s frog and toad species, and more than 100 different types of mammals and reptiles.
Physical Sound & Media Design Resources
When preparing to design sound for a show or film, you take into consideration many factors: the setting/location, time period, etc. The same should be true for doing sound design research. Go to the main Theatre Production & Design page for suggestions on how to do this.
For physical copies of Sound Recordings, go to the Library Catalog's Advanced Search mode, change the drop-down menu option for Search Filter from "Any Field" to "Subject", and Material Type to "Audio Visual". Copy your choice from the suggested Subjects below and paste it into the Subject search box. Click "Search".
Recordings: Sound effects, Sounds, Animal sounds, Ambient sounds, Nature sounds, Anthropogenic sounds
- Narrow the results by clicking on the AudioVisual link in the Refine My Results column on the left-hand side.
Books about: Computer sound processing, Theaters--Electronic sound control
Music (results listed by artists' names): Rock music; Pop music; Jazz; Big band music; String orchestra music, Orchestral music, Folk music
- Sound and Music for the TheatreAn e-book version of the 3rd edition of the classic book on sound design and editing by Deena Kaye and James LeBrecht.