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Media Design Lab: Audio Recording Studio

Audio Recording Studio Equipment





ARS hours: click here
(Same as Media Design Lab)

Self Service Audio Recording Studio

The Self Service Audio Recording Studio (ARS) is located within the Media Design Lab / CrAFT Studio area on the lower level of Ramsey Library.  It offers patrons a quiet place to record personal and academic audio projects including podcasts, voice overs, interviews, and more. This space is for current UNC Asheville students, faculty, and staff only. Drop-ins are welcome or you can make a reservation below.

Please note: There are 2 audio recording facilities in Ramsey Library: the Audio Lab and the Audio Recording Studio (ARS).  The Audio Lab is a full service lab where technicians do the recording for you, and the ARS is a self service, Do-It-Yourself recording studio.

For all ARS patrons: Whether you have a reservation or would like to drop in, the ARS door is locked at all times. To have someone unlock the ARS, do one of the following:

  • Visit the MDL Help Desk
  • Visit one of the staff offices across from the Media Design Lab
  • Visit Kent Thompson in Video Production (or call 828.251.6425)

Just let the staff member know you would like to use the ARS or that you have a reservation, and they will unlock the door for you.

Note: If for some reason you cannot reach anyone by the above methods, visit the circulation desk on the main floor of the library and ask someone to unlock the door for you.


Want to reserve the Self Service Audio Recording Studio (ARS)?

Before you reserve, please note:

  • Please enter your email address when reserving the studio.

  • If you're running late for your appointment, we will hold the studio for 15 minutes before turning it over to the next person in line.

  • After placing your reservation make sure you receive an automatic confirmation email.

  • PLEASE NOTE: there is a glitch in the reservation system! If there is a time that you would like to reserve but the calendar is showing it as already booked, please email the date and time you would like to reserve to We can double check the calendar and manually add your reservation if it is available. Thanks!


Note: This online reservation system only allows 1 hour blocks of time per reservation for the ARS. If you would like to reserve the studio for more than an hour, you will need to make multiple reservations!


The ARS is a sound isolation booth, measuring 12.5 feet X 15 feet and is equipped with:

  • Hardware
    • 24" iMac with a PreSonus Studio 24C interface
    • 2 Audio-Technica AT4033CL cardioid condenser microphones
    • Atlas boom microphone stands with pop filters
    • Sony headphones
    • Music stands
    • Alesis V25 25-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller
  • Software
    • Adobe Audition, Audacity, Ableton Live and GarageBand are installed on the iMac for audio and MIDI recording

Recorded files can be saved in a variety of formats and transferred via share drive, SD card, or flash drive.

Detailed self service operating instructions are provided in the Studio and technical assistance is available if necessary.


Kevin Watson

One University Heights
Asheville, NC 28804