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Circulating Audio Equipment Guide: Recording Equipment

This is a guide for finding general information about audio equipment

Standard Recording Equipment

Understanding the world of audio recording can seem daunting, Lewis carries easy-to-use and accessible audio equipment for the beginner and experienced patron.

Please see the boxes below for information on specific audio equipment.


An interface is a piece of hardware that has the job of turning your analogue signal into a digital signal. This is important so that the signal can be detected and understood by the computer. The other job of an interface is to turn that same digital signal back into an analogue signal to be sent to either headphones or speakers.

  • Audient Evo4 - 2 channels (2)
  • Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 - 2 channels (1)
  • Motu Ultralite mk4 - 8 channels (1)
  • Audient iD44 - 20 in / 24 out Digital, 4 channels (1)
  • Universal Audio Volt 474P - 4 channels (1)

Evo 4

Scarlett 2i2


Volt 476P

Handheld Recorders

Hand held recorders are great for recording outdoors, indoors, and anything you can't record in a studio.

Handhelds come with an attached stereo mics and they have inputs for other mics as well.

Handheld audio recorders

  • Zoom H4nPro and accessories (6)
  • Zoom H4n and accessories (1)

Video Recorders / Webcams

Lewis' video recorders have a pair of stereo mics attached to them with inputs for two additional microphones.

Our webcams are 4K and have an onboard microphone.

Video recorders

  • Zoom Q8n-4K (2)
  • Zoom Q8 (1)
  • Zoom Q4n (1)


  • Logitech Brio 4K (3)

Microphone stands, tripods, and accessories

Here is a list of our current stands and accessories:


  • Mic stands
    • Boom stand, Hercules (3)
    • Standard, Hercules (4)
    • Standard, other (1)
    • Table-top (6)
  • Tripods
    • Mini tripod with smart phone mount, Benro (3)
    • Mini tripod for handhelds and mics, Rode (3)
    • Tripod for video camera, Benro (2)
    • Tripod for video camera, Sony VCT-R640 (2)
  • Accessories
    • Dual microphone bracket (1)
    • Pop filter (attaches to mic stand) (1)

Cable Types

There are numerous types of cables that are used for recording and live sound: TS, TRS, and XLR, which can be either balanced or unbalanced.

Balanced cables are designed to prevent external electrical interference. These are generally more expensive as they have a pair of conductor wires and a ground. 

Unbalanced cables are great for home use, as they are cheaper and the need to shield any external electrical signals is greatly reduced. 




TS Cable: Short for Tip/Sleeve, this cable is unbalanced, it is often used for guitars and other unbalanced instruments, effects pedals, mixers, and audio interfaces. Keeping these cables as short as possible will reduce the risk of outside electrical interference. They are mono, which allows for the connection to other mono sources.


TRS Cable: Short for Tip/Ring/Sleeve, these cables are almost always balanced and can provide stereo audio. These are commonly used with headphones, speakers, monitors, instruments, and audio interfaces.



XLR Cable: These cables are always balanced and used with microphones, speakers, PA systems, and some instruments. Because they are balanced, you can run very long XLR cables without fear of outside electrical interference. 


Mixers are used to record and monitor multiple sound channels in a studio or live setting.

Lewis currently has two analog mixers in circulation.

  • Mackie 402VLZ4 - 4 channels (1)
  • Mackie ProFXv2 - 8 channels (1)