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CTL Professional Audio Recording

The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) professional audio recording studio captures high-quality audio for:

  • Podcast-style narratives

  • Interviews and long-form conversations

  • Narrated lectures

The studio currently supports both in-person and remote/virtual recording options.

Scheduling an Audio Recording

If you are interested in recording professional audio, please first contact a CTL instructional designer. After you've discussed your plans, you can learn more about booking a time (falling within our recording timelines) on our Scheduling with CTL page.

Preparing for an Audio Recording

Faculty who are new to recording with CTL should take the opportunity to meet with an instructional designer and an audio producer to ensure that they feel comfortable and confident ahead of the recording session(s). Regardless of experience, the instructional designer and/or audio producer will contact faculty with guidance for slides, citations, and optimal audio. If recording remotely, faculty may also receive a loaner microphone from CTL to increase their audio quality. Faculty can always reach out with questions as well!

Slides should be shared with the instructional designer and audio producer 24 hours in advance of the recording appointment to allow time for feedback that can increase the efficiency of the recording session.

During an Audio Recording

Recordings can be conducted remotely over Zoom or in one of CTL’s Baltimore studios, located at 2021 E. Monument Street and in the basement of the Bloomberg School of Public Health building (Room WB502). A virtual studio tour is available here: Studio Tour Video. The audio producer will send the speaker(s) the studio location or zoom link for the session and provide support during the recording to ensure the quality of the produced content.

Faculty can learn even more about how to prepare for an audio recording session and what to expect by watching the Teaching Toolkit Workshop recording Developing Online Course Content: Recording with the CTL Audio Studio [Teaching Toolkit Workshop Recording | Transcript], in which CTL audio producers and an instructional designer explain recommended practices to sound great and engage listeners.

After an Audio Recording

When the recording session is complete, the audio producer may identify information that is needed from the speaker(s) to fully produce the content (e.g., source citations for content, a speaker’s name and professional title, a formal title for the recorded content, etc.). Any missing information will also be communicated to the speaker(s) and their instructional designer via email. Once all the needed information is gathered, the produced materials are then sent through the CTL production process [.pdf] to produce high-quality, accessible content, including audio transcripts. CTL web developers publish the professionally produced content to the corresponding page in the CoursePlus course website. Once published, the content is then reviewed by CTL quality control specialists to ensure excellence.

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