Marriott Library's Audio Studio: Home

The Audio Studio was created to assist the University of Utah community integrate digital learning objects into curriculum/course projects. Featuring a soundproof Studio with professional microphones and the capacity for creating, recording and editing

EMERGENCY: Covid-19 Impacts to Audio Studio Use



Robert J. Nelson here. As head of Media Studios at the Marriott Library, access to the Audio Studio - located in the Faculty Center - has been a prime resource for students, faculty, and staff at the University of Utah. The lion's share of usage in the soundproof space has been for the creation of podcasts.

Covid-19 has necessitated changes for Audio Studio users.

  • Unmediated user access has been suspended. Tap-cards will not gain access to the locked Audio Studio.
  • All studio reservations will take place between 9AM-5PM; Monday through Friday.
  • All reservation requests submitted to
  • No drop-in requests allowed.
  • Media Studios staff will ensure that the Audio Studio is properly sanitized one half hour before recording.
  • Bookings need a half hour between sessions for proper sanitization.
  • Media Studios staff, with limited exceptions, will record the session in the Control Booth. 
  • Audio Studio patron remains in the Performance Space. 
  • Patron and Staff will wear masks in the setup and completion of recording.
  • Sound file will be exported in a contact-less delivery fashion via Ubox, Google Drive or Dropbox, etc.

New Podcasting rules:

  • One person recordings will use a microphone, with a disposable cover, without mask.
  • Two or more person recordings will need to be distanced at six feet apart. ALL will be required to wear their masks during recording.
  • Two person podcasts should expect that one person is in the Audio Studio while another calls into the Audio Studio phone-line.

Media Studios recognizes the inconvenience the new use rules mean to the many users accustomed to recording high quality audio in a soundproof space. The lack of evening and weekend unmediated access is also limiting.

I created a Guide for Podcasting at home:

No need to purchase extra equipment.:

The Marriott Library has purchased 4 Podcast Kits for checkout at the Knowledge Commons Desk, Level 2: Marriott Library.

  • Students: Can request in-person pickup or home delivery, or pick up at the Knowledge Commons Desk. Kit checks out for 30 days and can be renewed if there are no other requests.
  • Staff/Faculty: Can pick up at the Knowledge Commons Desk. Kit checks out for 3 days. 



The Marriott Library's Audio Studio was created to assist the University of Utah community integrate digital learning objects into curriculum/course projects. It houses a soundproof Studio with professional microphones and the capacity for creating, recording and editing digital sound files.



Performance space inside the Audio Studio

The Audio Studio is located within the Faculty Center: Room 1705-X. The Faculty Center is located on Level 1 of the Marriott Library. Behind the glass doors; across from Mom's Café. Near the West (Bookstore) entrance to the Library

How and When?

  1. Contact Robert for a consultation
  2. Robert books all the recordings
  3. Robert (or the Audio-Visual Services Student Assistant) records/engineers the recordings
  4. Robert can arrange access if you have your own equipment or just need access to the soundproof performance space
  5. Robert delivers the file to a flashdrive, disk or cloud account
  6. Robert can assist and/or advise in sound editing or (limited) post production
  7. Robert is available to assist, advise and/or instruct individuals or classes on sound recording, interviewing for research and sound editing or sound art projects


Robert J. Nelson - Audio Projects Librarian; Head of Audio-Visual Services

Robert has worked in the Marriott Library since 1988. Hired as an Academic Librarian in 1994, he has worked in Government Documents, the Curriculum Library and the Digital Scholarship Lab. Robert is now the Head for Audio & Video Services within the Creativity & Innovation Services Department.

Since 1988 Nelson has been a deejay on local community radio station KRCL 90.9FM. He is the 
host of the Saturday afternoon Reggae program Smile Jamaica. From 2003-2012 he conducted political interviews on the station's Radioactive listener call-in program. He conducted more than 400 hour long interviews with local, national and international guests: Howard Zinn, Ralph Nader, Rocky Anderson,
 Daniel Ellsberg, Amy Goodman and Naomi Klein to name a few. He has nearly 30 years experience in recording and editing sound.


The Audio (as well as Video) Studios were placed in the Faculty Center as a way to group Course Development Projects with other partners like the Center For Teaching & Learning Excellence, Teaching & Learning Technologies and Instructional Media Service. The primary purpose was to help Faculty develop Audio (and Video) for curricular projects and online course development.

Right away, the Audio-Video Staff saw the potential for expanding the services to include: Graduate Students, Undergraduates and selected Community Groups.

The expectation to integrate sound and visual imagery into various curricular projects is ever expanding. The Audio and Video suite of services provides space, equipment and expertise to help multi media projects come to fruition.


Types of Audio Recording Projects

  • Course Lecture Narrations for Faculty & Graduate Students
  • Podcasts
  • Interviews, Focus Groups, Oral Histories
  • Digital Storytelling & Documentary Film Narration
  • Public Service Announcements for Public Radio broadcast/marketing
  • Poetry, Spoken Word, Drama & Theater Auditions
  • Automated Dialog Recording for Student Films
  • Anime and Video Game Audio/Soundtracks and Special Effects
  • PowerPoint/Slide Show Narration
  • Landline phone access for remote interview capability
  • Sound Art

Audio Projects Librarian

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Robert Nelson
1075 P Marriott Library

University of Utah

295 South 1500 East DOC

Salt Lake City, Utah 84112

Tel: (801) 581-5228

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