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Audio Capture

Before We Get Started

  • Create a folder in the D: Drive Storage folder and label it with your network ID. This is where you will save all of your files.

  • Check out a set of analog headphones with an audio jack from the Service Center Desk on the main floor of the library
  • Insert the analog headset into an audio jack, then into the port on top of the desk of the video station.
    • The silver knob next to the jack port controls the volume.
    • NOTE: You are now able to use the headphones without the adapter at the viewing stations. 
  • Insert the adapter and headphones into the audio jack port that is next to the monitor. The the slider indicated in the red box controls the volume of the corresponding audio port. In this case, it one indicated in the red box corresponds to the two audio ports indicated by red arrows.

  • Place the record onto the turntable.
    • The record will rest on top of the felt platter; 33 and 78 records will fit directly onto the turntable. 
      • 78 RPM records have no grooves, meaning they can only hold one song.
      • 33 RPM records can hold nearly an hour's worth of music, which is why they are also referred to as LPs (long playing).
      • 45 RPM records require the use of the aluminum adapter recessed into the upper left corner of the turntable.

  • Power on the turntable.
    • Turn this knob to the right to power on the turntable.

  • Turn on the box on the top by pushing the left power button, marked in the red box in the image below. The box on the bottom should be powered off.​
  • Use the toggle button marked in the blue box and choose number 3 (Turntable).

  • Ensure the appropriate speed is selected and start the turntable. 
    • The three rotation speeds correspond to either 33 (left), 45 (right), or 78 (both) sized records; the turntable is started using the button beside the speed selector.


  • Open the Sound Forge Audio Studio, located in the AUDIO folder on the desktop.

  • Now we're ready to start the recording process: 
    • Click the record button in Sound Forge. This will pop up another window.

  • Make sure Audio Input is set to IN(3-UA-1EX).
  • Press the Record button in this window to begin recording the file onto the computer.

  • Place the stylus (needle) onto the record at the location of the song to be recorded. ​
    • This can be done manually.

  • Or, the needle can be cued using the release lever at the base of the arm on the record player. 

  • The needle should line up directly over the groove number of the song you wish to record (ex. Record song 3, place needle over the 3 grove, counting from the outside inwards). Press the Start/Stop button on the turntable to begin.

  • When the entirety of your sound is recorded, press the stop button on your pop-up window. Then, press close.
  • Save the file in your CaseID folder in the D drive by going to File --> Save

Creating Audio Tracks

If you'd like to separate the audio into tracks:

  • Zoom in on the audio file to easily see the beginning and end of each segment.
  • Click near the beginning of the clip and press M on the keyboard or right click and select Insert Marker to create a marker.
    • This marker can then be dragged as close to the clip as possible.
  • Make a marker at the beginning and the end of each clip.
  • Zoom back out to see all the markers/clips together.
  • Double click on a clip. (This will automatically highlight from one marker to the next).
  • Press Ctrl + C to copy, then Ctrl + E to move a copy to a new file. Press Ctrl + V to paste a second segment into the same newly created file.

  • In this new file, go to Process and select Normalize. (This will make sure your clip is neither too loud nor too soft.) 
  • Press OK on the normalize dialog box. 

  • Save the new file in your folder by going to File --> Save As
  • For more information, please see the User Manual.