SPOKANE, Wash. – The Spokane Central Library reopened on Monday, July 11 immediately after two-and-a-50 percent many years of renovation, with lots of new and enhanced additions to the room. We highlighted the greatest of these features as we counted down to the large working day, but as with all great matters, we’ve saved the very ideal for final!

Just up the new Social Stairs, among the Inland Northwest Particular Collections and nxʷyxʷyetkʷ Corridor, you’ll find the Media Studios—a suite of soundproof rooms brimming with point out-of-the-artwork tools to satisfy all your recording desires. 

There is certainly a cozy creation studio for podcasting or digital conferences a video studio, entire with a eco-friendly monitor, teleprompter, tungsten and LED lights, and enhancing program and a recording studio with three isolation pods, an audio booth, many musical instruments—including a drumset—and a synthesizer for use with Garageband.

All this and a lot more, accessible for the low, small rate of absolutely free.

Spokane Public Library’s director of internet marketing and communications, Amanda Donovan, points out, “Just one of our values at the Library is to showcase Spokane. So we want to deliver Spokane artists and musicians an possibility to create, to understand, to develop albums, to build video clips, and to make our community greater as a result of the arts.”

Rooms can be booked on-line in two-hour increments for observe or to use the self-serve recording station. 

For additional concerned recording, Donovan suggests two other choices are offered. 

“You can also use the studio for recording with our audio engineer, Andy Rumsey. He can aid you report up to two hours, just kind of a rough cut of your audio recording.”

And if you want to create an EP, or maybe even an album? You happen to be in luck!

“He will cut an album for you, which will also be obtainable on our livestream platform that we have named Lilac City Data,” she explained.

Rumsey can be booked for up to 40 hrs to build the finished do the job. If you’re splitting hairs, there is technically a fee of types.

“In exchange for making this album, you will need to have to volunteer for up to 40 hours with the library,” Donovan explained. “So it is really variety of a labor exchange—you get an album, we get volunteer hours working in the library.”

What each individual artist volunteers depends. Some may offer to teach lessons, some may perhaps decide to shelve publications. So there is certainly no established undertaking, and artists can negotiate to be certain they’re delivering the most effective assistance even though enjoying to their strengths. 

It all sounded a little bit complicated, but Donovan certain us it truly is established up to be person-pleasant, with plenty of help available if desired! 

With that in brain, we desired to consider the studios for a take a look at push! So we recruited Spokane General public Library’s new music instruction professional, Andy Rumsey, and a gifted local musician and instructor, Andrew Liljenberg, and established to work. 

Rumsey shown just how easy it was to lay down a very simple observe in Garageband with the template designed by the library, building a 4 bar groove that will undoubtedly get caught in our heads. And absolutely sure sufficient, it was simpler than anticipated! 

A 4 bar groove sure to get trapped in your head!

With that squared away, Liljenberg attempted his hand in the studio. 

For his past recordings, Liljenberg explained he paid around $600 a working day for studio time and expert services, which is on par with business standards for a qualified studio. He claimed his album Nightfall took between three and six months to comprehensive, with some time invested rerecording tracks to accomplish the desired seem. 

Which is a good deal of $600 days, but the final results are undeniably superior quality.

And how did the Central Library’s recording studio examine? With Andy in the booth and Andrew at the keys, they gave it whirl. 

Rumsey established up the tools as he would in a 4-hour booked session and monitored ranges while recording. At the close of a real session, he would blend the track into a rough lower. For this experiment, nonetheless, we let him off the hook.  

As for his part, Liljenberg attempted equally the upright piano, with audio captured via condenser mic, as properly as a electronic keyboard, with seem recorded digitally. 

The outcomes, he reported, were comparable. In spite of some slight discrepancies in recording methods and nuanced sound excellent, the general success were amazing.

“This is a great set up,” he stated. “Individuals that appear in this article are likely to be far more than contented, I am rather confident of it.”

With that ringing endorsement, there was only 1 free close to tie-up. 

Where by to locate a musician named ‘Drew’ to comprehensive the established and kind a trio? And what would would the band be identified as? We are accepting tips for a catchy title, so come to feel free of charge to post some.

If you’d like to find out extra about the Media Studios and all they present, you can stop by the Central Library’s internet site listed here.  

If you happen to be prepared to dive in and would like to e book any of the media studios, such as the audio studio, you can signup on line Here. All you need is a cost-free library card!

Hunting for tunes lessons so you can consider gain of the audio studio? You can indicator up for Cost-free lessons with Andy Rumsey at the Library internet site, much too! Rumsey can train guitar, bass, piano, ukulele, and drums, no encounter needed. 

To pay attention to additional of Andrew Liljenberg’s operate, you can obtain him on Spotify, Apple Audio, Amazon, or most everywhere else songs can be streamed.