Audio/video recording and playback equipment

Equipment available at the 4th-floor service desk

Equipment on this page (unless otherwise specified) has a regular borrowing period of two days plus a night (due one hour after opening on the third day from the start of the loan). Shorter loan times may be facilitated depending on equipment availability. All equipment loans are subject to course reserve late fines that are calculated at a rate of $0.02 per minute.

Please refer to the table below to determine whether the equipment is available for (1) all McGill students, (2) Music students, Music faculty and Music staff, or (3) Sound Recording (SR) students, SR faculty, and SR-Qualifying Year students. Please note that only McGill Music students, Music faculty, and Music staff may request reservations; otherwise, the equipment is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations made in advance are held for 15 minutes after the stated pickup time before the advanced reservation is cancelled.

For more information or to request a reservation, please call 514-398-4692 or come to the 4th-floor service desk of the Music Library.

Type of equipment For all McGill students For Music students, Music faculty, and Music staff For Sound Recording (SR) students And SR Qualifying-year students Only
Portable audio recorders
Audio interfaces
  • Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 audio interface (2) (user manual)
  • M-Audio ProFire 610 audio interface (1) (user manual)
  • M-Audio Fast Track Pro 4X4 Mobile USB audio/MIDI interface with preamps (1) (user manual)
  • Steinberg UR 28M USB audio interface (2) (user manual)
  • Apogee jam iPad/iPhone/iPod instrument interface (1) (user manual)
  • Apogee One for Mac audio interface (2) (user manual)
  • Apogee Duet for Mac audio interface (2) (user manual)
  • Apogee Element 24 thunderbolt audio interface (2) (user manual)
  • iRig MIDI interface for iPhone/iPod/iPad (1) (user guide)
  • RME Fireface UFX+ (user manual) *Due to high demand, only one RME device per person will be loaned*
  • RME OctaMic II (user manual) *Due to high demand, only one RME device per person will be loaned*
  • SPL GoldMike Mk 2 (user manual)
  • Universal Audio SOLO 610 (user manual)


Microphones and accessories
  • Set of 2 Rode NT55-MP condenser microphones (user manual)
  • Shure SM57 dynamic microphones – instrumental (7) (user manual)
  • Shure SM58 dynamic microphones – vocal (11) (user manual)
  • Sennheiser MD21 U dynamic omnidirectional microphone (2) (user manual)
  • Blue SPARK Digital USB microphone (1) (user manual)
  • Blue Snowball USB microphone (1) (user manual)
  • Blue Yeti Studio USB microphone (1) (user manual)
  • Blue Baby Bottle SL large diaphragm condenser microphones (2) (user manual)
  • Shure MV5 USB microphone (user guide)
  • Apogee MiC USB microphone (1) (quick start guide)
  • Belkin iPod microphone (user manual)
  • Neutrik 25' XLR cables (6)
  • Mogami 15' XLR cables (60)
  • XLR > 1/4" adapters
  • KM210/6 black microphone stands
  • AEA SMP17 microphone positioner bar (1)
  • Cloudlifter CL-1 mic activator (2)
  • Cloudlifter CL-2 mic activator (1)
  • Triad-orbit GB-3 Grav microphone ballast / weight bags (2 sets of 3 bags) (product information) *Priority use for Oceanus LT-381 microphones*
  • DPA 4099 instrument microphones for Bass, Brass, Clamp mount, Guitar, Sax, Violin and Piano (7 microphones, one per instrument type) (user manual)
  • DPA 4061 necklace microphones (2) (user manual)
  • sE Electronics sE2200a II multipattern large diaphragm condenser microphone (2) (user manual)
  • Audio-technica AT4050-ST stereo condenser microphones (3)(user manual)
  • Audio-technica AT4041studio pair cardioid condenser microphones (2, matched pair) (user manual)
  • Røde M5 cardioid compact condenser microphones (2) (matched pair) (user manual)
  • Oktava MK-012 MSP2 condenser microphones (2) (matched pair) (user manual)
  • Lauten Audio LA-320 vacuum-tube condenser microphone (1) (information page)
  • Sennheiser MD421-II dynamic microphones (2) (user manual)
  • Sennheiser MD441-U dynamic microphones (2) (user manual)
  • Beyerdynamic M88 TG dynamic microphones (2) (user manual)
  • Shure SM 7B cardioid dynamic vocal microphone (1) (user manual)
  • Electro Voice RE320 dynamic microphones (2) (information guide)

Please note that to ensure equitable access due to high demand, only one matched-pair set of microphones will be loaned per person.

  • Set of 2 Schoeps CMC 6 condenser microphones with MK22 (open cardioid) capsules (matched pair) (user manual)
  • Set of 2 Schoeps CMC 6 condenser microphones with MK41 (supercardioid) capsules (matched pair) (user manual)
  • Set of 2 Schoeps CMC 6 condenser microphones with MK4 (classic cardioid) capsules (matched pair) (user manual)
  • DPA 4006TL omnidirectional condenser microphones (3, matched pair + single) (user manual)
  • DPA 4011A cardioid condenser microphones (2) (user manual)
  • Neumann TLM 103 (3) (user manual)
  • Neumann TLM 107 (3) (user manual)
  • Neumann TLM 170R (3, matched pair + single) (user manual)
  • Neumann M 147 (3) (user manual)
  • Neumann M 150 (3) (user manual)
  • Neumann KM 183 (3, matched pair + single) (user manual)
  • Neumann KM 184 (3, matched pair + single) (user manual)
  • Neumann U 87 Ai (1) (user manual)
  • Lauten Audio Oceanus LT-381 Tube condenser microphones (2) (tech specs*Please note these are heavy microphones that require weighted microphone stands*
  • Lauten Audio Atlantis FC-387 FET condenser microphones (2) (tech specs)
  • Mojave Audio MA-301 FET condenser microphones (2) (user manual)
  • Grace Design SB-DT Decca Tree microphone positioner system
Video equipment (one camera per person due to high demand)
  • Canon VIXIA HF M52 HD video camcorders (2) (user manual)
  • Canon VIXIA HF R82 HD video camcorders (2) (user manual)
  • Zoom Q2HD Handy video recorders (1) (user manual)
  • Optex Safari 3 4K action cameras (2) (user manual)
  • Panasonic OmniMovie VHS camcorder (user manual)
  • Velbon Sherpa 200R tripods (10) (user manual)
  • Optex pro-style mini tripods (3)
  • Portable VHS digitization kit:
    • Elgato Systems USB Analog Video Capture Device (1) (user manual)
    • AV Toolbox AVT-8710 Multi-Standard Time Base Corrector (1) (user manual)
Playback equipment
  • Bose SoundLink Bluetooth speaker III (portable) (user manual)
  • TDK A33 wireless Bluetooth speaker (portable) (user manual) (bluetooth pairing instructions)
  • Bose SoundDock Portable Digital Music System (user manual). Please note the auxiliary port for this speaker is damaged. The speaker will only work with the 30-pin ipod dock connector in the front. A 30-pin to Lightning connector is available for loan to allow newer-style Apple devices with a Lightning connector to function with this speaker.
  • Headphones
  • iPods: 8 GB Nano, 60 GB Video
Other music equipment    
Other computer equipment
  • USB 3.0 hubs (2)
  • External Blu-ray, CD & DVD reader/writer (compatible with PCs only)
  • Mac SuperDrive external CD, DVD reader/writer (compatible with Macs only)
  • Mac power adapters - MagSafe, MagSafe 2, and USB-C style chargers (how to find the charger for your Mac laptop)
  • Multimedia projectors
  • Portable external hard drives (2: one formatted for Mac, one formatted for PC)
  • iPads (5)
  • iPad stands (5)
  • iPad stand mounts (5)
  • Wireless page turning pedals


A/V equipment available in the Library Seminar Rooms and A412 (the Active Learning Classroom)

  A410 A412 A510 A512
Cassette player  
CD player
DAT player      
Document camera
DVD player
Laptop stereo connection
Laser Disc player  
Mini Disc player      
Smart Panel
VHS player

Pianos in the Music Library

  • 2 Yamaha Clavinova Electronic Pianos (stand-alone) with Koss headphones (on the 3rd floor, northwest corner)
  • Acoustic and/or electronic pianos are also in each of the Library Seminar Rooms and in A412

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