Library to install recording studio

The Simcoe branch of the Norfolk County Public Library will soon be home to a recording studio.The sound studio will be an expansion to their already existing film studio. It will be equipped with an iMac for editing, professional microphones, and a keyboard piano.The space will be available for recording podcasts, music, vlogs, video calls, or any other personal recording use.“People can use it to record whatever they choose to,” said Beverley Slater, the library’s programming and communications manager. “It will be a smaller space than average, so getting multiple musicians into the space may be problematic.”Funding for the studio came from placing second in the Larry Moore Challenge. The challenge was part of the Southern Ontario Library Superconference, held annually in February.The NCPL sent two staff members to the competition to make a five-minute pitch about why they deserve the funding for the studio, and they placed second. The pitch had to be focused around an innovative use of technology in a rural library system.Construction for the space is expected to commence in July, and plans are for the space to be open by the fall. The space is able to be rented out to anyone with a library card.The library also plans to use the space to create podcasts about the libraries and the county.“We are looking for volunteers to help us with our podcasts,” said Slater. “If this is a field that you think you would like to break into please contact me at the Norfolk Library.”There will be a series of seminars on how to use the space for people that may not know how to use recording equipment but are interested in learning.astaylor@postmedia.com

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