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The Sound Studio

This is a collection of resources, instructions, and policies regarding the recording studio in the Olin College of Engineering Library.

The Sound Studio (formerly known as the Community DOCLAB) is a multi-year experiment looking at ways the library can help Olin students develop their communication skills, build a portfolio and create materials that are impactful in the transformation of engineering education by engaging others in the Olin story.

Currently, the Studio has taken the form of a recording studio in the lower level of the Library in Milas Hall. This room is equipped with professional audio recording gear, a cozy atmosphere, and sound dampening panels on the walls to create the right atmosphere for conversation, reflection, and personal storytelling, and high-fidelity recording.

In practice, we hope the community uses this room how they see fit, so please send suggestions, feedback, and ideas for how to continue the experiment to


Basic training for using the recording equipment takes about 1 hour. This training will cover rules and expectations for using the room and the gear, troubleshooting tips, and an explanation of all default settings. At the end of the training, you should be able to get setup and recording on your own in less than 5 minutes!

Training on audio-production workflows, including editing and sourcing sounds, is available upon request.

When requesting training ( Please include:

  • Your Name
  • At least three 1 hour time periods that you are available for initial training
  • Project details
  • Affiliated Course (if applicable)
  • Your experience with audio recording