DMC: Orientations and Training

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Digital Media Commons workshops are free, and open to U-M students, faculty, and staff.

Introduction to the Advanced Podcasting Room

When: Upon request only, email to schedule training

Duration: Approximately 30 minutes

Location: Advanced Podcasting Room, Room 1122 in the Duderstadt Center

The Advanced Podcasting Room is a space for capturing presentations with ease. The room includes professional lighting, changeable backdrops, camera and microphone equipment, and a presentation computer for displaying scripts and other media. This orientation provides instruction on the use of the software and equipment and reviews policies regarding the room. Upon completing the orientation, users will be able to reserve the room. Orientations are required and available by request through

Digital Media Commons Orientation

When: Monday through Friday at 10:00 a.m. and at 2:00 p.m.

Duration: Approximately 30 min

Where: Consultant Desk, GroundWorks Media Lab, Room 1315 in the Duderstadt Center

Intended for new users who wish to learn about DMC resources and gain access to the Multimedia Workrooms or the Recording Booth. The 30 minute orientation covers the basic setup of hardware and software in the lab, equipment and resources within the Multimedia Workrooms and the Recording booth, and policies regarding lab use and reservable spaces. The orientation will prepare users to start working on their projects within 24 hours of their orientation.

No registration is necessary for individuals. Large groups, including classes, departments, and student organizations, can schedule an orientation by emailing

Please note: The GroundWorks orientation is included in the Intro to iMovie and Intro to Final Cut Pro workshops provided through the Digital Media Commons. Users will need to take the DMC Orientation even if they have had the introductory workshops provided through ISS on Central Campus.

Video Editing Software Workshops

Workshops on Final Cut Pro and iMovie are held by request for classes, departments, and student groups. To set up a workshop for a group (10-14 participants typically), please contact

Audio Software & Facilities Orientations

In order to use the larger audio recording facilities in the Digital Media Commons, interested users must complete several training classes. The facilities require cumulative/sequential training, starting with DMC101.

DMC101 Introduction to Music Production and DAWs [register now]

Attendees will be introduced to digital audio workstations, audio effects, and basic signal flow. This interactive session leads students through the process of creating a simple song using loops and audio effects. It is intended to prepare students for the studio training courses by providing a foundation of the essential concepts and terminology.

DMC Audio 101 can also be completed by passing a written exam. Passing the written exam also grants access to the Multimedia Editing Rooms

DMC201 Electronic Music Studio A [register now]

This two-session training focuses on composition and mixing to picture. The course is taught using simple signal flow concepts and applying them to the use of an analog console. This will allow users the flexibility of using digital, analog, or hybrid work flows.

Once users complete the training and pass a hands-on test, they will gain access to Electronic Music Studio A.

DMC202 Electronic Music Studio B [register now]

Users continue their training in Electronic Music Studio B, which is a more advanced studio, and users will learn advanced signal routing. The course is taught using a large format analog console that allows students the flexibility for more advanced composition, mixing and mastering work.

Upon completion, users will gain access to Electronic Music Studio B.

DMC301 Audio Studio [register now]

This multi-day course provides participants with the skills necessary to operate the Audio Studio. Signal flow will be revisited and built upon. The Audio Studio is a larger facility than the Electronic Music Studios and there are several concepts to learn when expanding to the larger studio. Students will get hands-on experience with recording musicians in separate rooms, creating headphone mixes and applying advanced production techniques.

For questions about training and certification in the Electronic Music and Audio Studios, email

Other Workshops

Creating Professional-looking Conference Posters [register now]
In this workshop, participants will use Adobe Illustrator to learn how to create high quality, eye-catching posters. Participants will learn techniques for organizing materials and printing their poster on the Duderstadt Center's large-format color printer.
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