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Michael Sankey and Jason Myatt discuss the audio production facilities at USQ

Michael:
Hello, I’m joined by Jason Myatt who’s our senior audio producer at USQ and he’s kind of the guru of all things audio here at USQ.

Jason:
Apparently!

Michael:
Yeah so they say! What kind of things can you offer the staff here at USQ?

Jason:
Well Michael, there are alot of things that we’re doing and it varies from day to day but some of the things we’ve been doing in recent times with lecturers in our audio studios particularly, course introductions – some lecturers like to have introductions to their courses just really short and sweet but it gives a face, so to speak, to the students, pre-exam recordings is an interesting one I do alot with Faculty of Business and Law and lecturers like to give a little bit of an introduction to what is going to be on the exam a couple of weeks out just before they do their exams. Quality audio, for adobe presenter recordings, what i mean there is, adobe presenter you can record at your desk, you can record at home or you can record in a quality audio studio and we encourage that for material that is going to be used long term. So multiple offers. A lecturer can come into our recording studio, record their material for adobe presenter, i’ll put it into the presenter format then publish and send it to the lecturer. We also offer a voice over service in that regard as well. We can voice for them or we can have a combination for the two for example, LAC the mandarin courses for Chinese. It’s a combination of myself and the lecturer speaking mandarin.

Michael:
So the lecturer is speaking mandarin and not you?

Jason:
Correct. I haven’t got there yet!

Michael:
*laughs*

Jason:
Also, group interviews in our audio studios we often do phone interviews, skype interviews a good example of that is the faculty of education a collaboration course with a lecturer in Canada and Petrea records a course introduction with her counterpart in Canada which is up on the StudyDesk. Audio books, again for Petrea in the faculty of eduction she wanted an audio book recorded so we did an audio book and had the photographs of the book. Voice overs for video, so we do alot of post production and production with the video department because we’re a small team of five people. But we record voice overs with either lecturers or with a professional voice. One of the things we’ve been starting to do alot of in recent times mainly because of the staff we have now Ben Meares, is also in our department, he is a music specialist. We have been doing alot of work with the school of creative arts, the music students, composition and some of their assessment has been recorded in recent times. So that is another area we are offering. Also master classes because of our industry experience we have been asked to come along to, once again... Creative Media students and talk about my experience in the industry and also Ben as well.

Michael:
So how does a lecturer book you? does it cost?

Jason:
If it’s study materials, it doesn’t cost. We are there for you. The only time it would cost, is if we need to travel for location, so travel costs or overtime costs. But generally speaking, it’s all included in the study package.

Michael:
Ok, and you have recently started using SoundCloud the cloud based service? How does that work?

Jason:
Well what we are doing with SoundCloud, it is a distribution method for audio. For example the Faculty of Arts and Journalism. We have been doing some work with Journalism students and have been recording news bulletins. Those are being put on StudyDesk on SoundCloud so they can access those audio recordings on their mobile devices, laptops, desktops at home, whatever. SoundCloud is great because of that multiplatform, it can stream to and that it is quite small in the streaming - so not alot of bandwidth.

Michael:
So a lecturer comes to you with a piece of music and says I want to put this in my course, its Copyright is it?

Jason:
Yes, if it is recorded by a recording artist, chances are there is Copyright held over that material and if it is recognizable. The Copyright Law with audio and video if it is recognisable and that can mean 1 second.

Michael:
Can i just use a 10second grab of it?

Jason:
No. 1second, if it is recognisable you cannot use it without permission. You can go through the process of requesting Copyright approval to use that peice. Often that costs considerably, i know in the past we’ve requested and paid for the use of material and it is possible but we also do have an exhaustive library or royalty free music, so music we have purchased the royalty for and we can use however we decide to. So we may be able to find something similar or something appropriate for your project.

Michael:
Thankyou for your time here Jason.

Jason:
No worries, thanks Michael.