Audio Booth

Record and edit music, podcasts, and more in a new Audio Booth located on the third floor of the Main Library. The 8-foot-by-12-foot space is acoustically treated to provide a quiet space for audio recording and editing. Please note: One staff-led training session is required before you can reserve the booth independently.

Need a training session? Request a Learning Lab appointment »

Completed your training session? Reserve time in the booth »

A collage of two people recording music inside the audio booth and a view of the audio booth from the outside

Reserve the booth online, by phone, or at any library service desk

Training must be completed before making a reservation

Want to reserve the Audio Booth? Have you completed the required initial training for using the booth?

To change or cancel a reservation

Please tell us as soon as possible. Contact us »

Inside the room

The space is equipped with:

  • Two SM7B vocal microphones
  • Arturia KeyLab Essential 61 MIDI Controller Keyboard
  • Arturia DrumBrute Impact Analog Drum Machine
  • Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 USB Audio Interface 
  • Software: Pro Tools Studio, Ableton Live, REAPER, and Audacity

Creative Studio Policy

Please review the library’s Creative Studio Policy. Highlights include:

  • Age: Reservers must be 14 years or older. A valid ID or active library card is required for each visit to the booth.
  • File storage: Bring your own USB flash drives or external hard drives to save your work. Each time the Creative Studio computers are shut down or restarted, all personal data, including project files, are permanently erased and cannot be recovered.
  • Restrictions: Creative Studio equipment may not be used to create materials that are prohibited by local, state, or federal law; unsafe, harmful, dangerous, or that pose an immediate threat to the well-being of others; inappropriate for the library environment; and subject to copyright, patent, or trademark protection.
  • Food and drink: No food is allowed in the suites. Non-alcoholic beverages in covered containers are permitted. Alcohol is prohibited.
  • No smoking: Smoking or vaping are not allowed in the space.
  • Liability: The library and its staff are not liable for any loss, damage, or expenses sustained by users due to the utilization of services, equipment, software, advice, or information.
  • Damage: You are responsible for any damage to the equipment or space. Please let staff know immediately if any equipment is missing, damaged, or not working properly.

More about reserving the booth

Reservation limits

Reservations are limited to once a week, three hours at a time. Reservations can be made one to four weeks in advance. Reservations may be released if you arrive 15 minutes after your scheduled time.

File storage

Please bring your own external hard drive to save your work. Audio files are large and can take time to back up; please save at least 30 minutes of your time for saving your work before leaving. For your privacy, all user files are permanently erased from Creative Studio computers when they are restarted.

Noise level guidance

The booth is in a shared space with other workstations. While it is acoustically treated, it is not 100% soundproof. Please keep speaker volume levels low enough so as not to disturb other Creative Studio users. Amplifiers and drum kits are not permitted.

The booth is a do-it-yourself environment

Learning Labs are available for basic guidance with recording and editing. For more advanced questions, staff will direct you toward learning resources and help find answers to questions but will not work on projects for you.

Questions? Contact us »

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