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Hardware/Software Support

Additional tabs above are links to knowledge base for software packages/hardware available in the NCAT.

Hardware available in the lab


Hardware available to borrow. Most loans are on a 2 day rotation but that is subject to change as necessary.

  • Azden SMX-10 Directional Stereo Video Microphone – 177mm long, dual uni-directional, electret-condensor mic is powered by a single AAA battery and features a built-in cable with a 3.5mm stereo mini plug.
  • Snowball USB microphone -professional USB mic, with dual capsules and three settings (cardioid, cardioid w/-10dB pad & omni); perfect for podcasting and music recording.
  • VHF Wireless Lavalier Microphone System – Audio-technica PRO 88W VHF Wireless System with battery-powered receiver and transmitter for camcorder use
  • Wired Lavalier Microphone – Audio-technica ATR3350



Various other accessories for audio and video recording are also available including multimedia USB headsets with microphone, a dolly, a cobra crane (link here for demonstration), tripods, external hard drives,portable lighting systems including soft light boxes and MIDI controllers:

oxygen8 M-Audio Oxygen 8/Oxygen 49 MIDI Controller

Some of these are for use in the NCAT only. Inquires can be made of the NCAT staff.

NCAT staff can also grant access to the Lighting Studio in NC016A which has a variety of lighting options including LED, strobe, traditional softbox flourescents , and green screen kit (suggestions for using) as well as white and black paper backdrops are set up for use there. Those not familiar with the new strobe and LED lights are asked to view a video that introduces that new equipment.

Photography and Video classes with Wes Kline may access a pool of equipment solely for students currently enrolled. Several factors make this equipment available to this select group including; limited numbers, high replacement value, expert training. NCAT monitors cannot loan to those not on the current class lists.