Studio 216

Book the Studio | Programming | Equipment & SoftwareUsage Guidelines | FAQ

For more information, email studio@tbpl.ca 

 

What can I do in the studio?

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  • record audio for podcasting, radio, or other projects
  • record video for YouTube, vlogging, TikTok, Reels, school or work presentations
  • attend online meetings or virtual appointments
  • create digital art using Photoshop and other software
  • create music using our mixer, electric guitar, or digital piano
  • edit and produce videos 
  • experiment with a green screen background and different lighting options

Book the Studio

Book your time in the multimedia studio and get started creating! All new users must complete an orientation with TPBL staff and sign the Studio Use Agreement Form. Email studio@tbpl.ca to reserve

The studio is also available for online meetings or virtual appointments via Zoom, WebEx, or other video conferencing software. Email studio@tbpl.ca to reserve

Book the Piano

Book your time with the full-size 88-keyboard Roland FP-30X digital piano. Practice in private with headphones or use the Bluetooth connection to stream music through the piano speakers or headphones and play along with your favourite artists. Recording via USB also available. Check out the in-studio collection of beginner piano lesson books, sheet music, and other resources to get started! All new users must complete an orientation with TBPL staff and sign the Studio Use Agreement Form. Email studio@tbpl.ca to reserve

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Programming

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 Wed Sept 28 @ 6:30pm

 Registration opens Sept 14

Have you ever thought you might have the next great podcast idea? Here's your chance to get started! We'll cover trends in podcasting, how to choose a topic and find your niche, finding the right format for you, and more. This program is open to adults and youth
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 Wed Oct 5 @ 6:30pm

 Registration opens Sept 14

Once you've chosen a topic, format, and the perfect name, what's the next step? Recording! Attend this session to learn about audio recording basics, what equipment is available for your use in Studio 216, and how to get your pod online. Attendance at Part 1 of this series is not required. This program is open to adults and youth

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Equipment

  • Lenovo ThinkPad P17 Gen 1
  • Dell UltraSharp U2720Q 4K UHD 2160p monitor 
  • Logitech MX Master 3 mouse & MX keys

Audio/Video Recording Equipment

  • Audio-Technical ATR2100x cardoid dynamic microphones (x2)
  • RODE VideoMic GO on-camera microphone
  • Blue Yeti Nano USB microphone
  • Boya lavalier microphone
  • NW-040 microphone
  • Sony ZV-1 camera
  • Canon NXYI camera
  • GoPro camera

Lighting/Background Equipment

  • bi-colour 660 LED video light with stand and softbox (x3)
  • gel filter kit
  • photo studio lighting reflector and stand
  • 5' x 7' Chromakey blue-green background
  • 18" RGB ring light with stand
  • 10" desktop ring light with stand

Sony camera

Room Furniture & Set Up

  • green screen wall
  • two easy chairs
  • rectangular tables
  • chairs
  • microphone stands, camera tripods

Musical Instruments

  • Yamaha Pacifica series electric guitar with electric tuner and kapo
  • Novation Launchkey MK25 MIDI Keyboard controller
  • Roland FP-30X-BK digital piano

Roland digital piano


Software 

Adobe Creative Cloud

Video

  • Premiere Pro
  • Premiere Rush
  • Photoshop
  • After Effects
  • Audition
  • Animate
  • Character Animator
  • Media Encoder

Graphic Design

  • Photoshop
  • Illustrator
  • Photoshop Express
  • InDesign
  • dimension
  • Acrobat DC
  • InCopy
  • Adobe Fresco
  • Adobe Fonts
  • Adobe Stock
  • Adobe Aero

Photography

  • Photoshop Lightroom
  • Photoshop Lightroom Classic
  • Photoshop 
  • Photoshop Express
  • Photoshop Camera

Social Media

  • Premiere Pro
  • Premiere Rush
  • Photoshop Lightroom
  • Photoshop Camera
  • Adobe Stock

Illustration

  • Adobe Fresco
  • Photoshop
  • Illustrator
  • Capture

UI & UX

  • XD
  • Photoshop
  • Illustrator

Cartoon Animator 4 logo Filmora logo
Audacity logo

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Guidelines for Using Studio 216

The Thunder Bay Public Library provides patrons access to audio and video recording, creation, and editing equipment and software. The studio and its equipment are available to all adult and youth Library members with a valid Thunder Bay Public Library card. Studio users must complete an orientation with staff and sign the Studio Use Agreement at their first booking. 

Studio Reservations

To book time in the studio, please email studio@tbpl.ca with your requested times/dates. We will respond to confirm your reservation or suggest alternate times if the studio is unavailable. All first-time studio users must complete an orientation and sign the Studio Use Agreement

The patron who made the reservation and signed the Studio Use agreement must be present during the entire length of the reservation

Staff Assistance

All new users must complete an orientation with TBPL staff and sign the Studio Use Agreement. Staff are available for limited assistance. Please remember that you are scheduling use of the equipment, software, and space; not reserving a one-on-one guide

In the Studio

Studio users are responsible for returning the space to its original condition by the end of their reserved time. Saving of work and clean-up times must be completed within the allotted studio session time. Failure to do so may limit future use of the studio

The recording studio is sound-treated but is not sound-proof. If patrons using the recording studio are too loud, they will be asked to lower the volume to a level that does not cause a disturbance to other library patrons

Studio equipment may not leave the studio space. Library staff will check the status of all equipment at the start and end of patron reservations. TBPL will hold studio users responsible for damaged or missing Library equipment

Library staff reserve the right to enter the studio at any time

Food and most drinks are not allowed in the studio. Water is permitted in closed-lid containers

Patron-Supplied Equipment

Patrons may bring their own recording equipment and/or instruments to use in the recording studio, but TBPL is not responsible for any damages or loss to patron owned property. Library staff must approve all patron-supplied materials in order to reduce risk to other patrons or damages to the equipment 

Connecting outside equipment directly to the studio computer or installation of any software without receiving prior approval is prohibited. If an instrument or equipment is determined to be too loud for use, patrons will be asked to discontinue use. Please note also that space within the studio is limited

Patron materials and/or equipment may not be stored in the multimedia studio. The library assumes no responsibility for items left in our facility. Patrons are responsible for personal belongings. Nothing may be attached to walls, floors or ceiling in the recording studio. Food is not permitted in the studio. Closed lid drinks are permitted in assigned spaces only

Copyright and Your Content

The library does not make claim to any ownership, rights, or intellectual property of anyone using the studio to create content. Furthermore, it is the responsibility of the customer, not that of TBPL, to adhere to federal copyright laws.

The studio cannot be used to create content that is:

  • Prohibited by provincial or federal law;
  • Unsafe, harmful, dangerous or poses an immediate threat to the well being of others;
  • Obscene or otherwise inappropriate for the Library environment;
  • In violation of another’s intellectual property rights

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you know how to use all the equipment, and can you teach me?

Are there restrictions on how often I can book the space?

Will the library edit my video/audio/photographs for me?

Do I own the content I create in the studio?

I forgot to save my work. Can you recover it for me?

What is the studio orientation and is it mandatory?

How many people can book the studio at once?

I am a teacher/group leader and want to know more about the studio/book a tour. Who do I contact?

Is there a cost to book the studio?

Do you know how to use all the equipment, and can you teach me?

We are Library staff and not multimedia experts, so we are learning as we go! We will do our best to get you started and direct you to the best tutorials and resource guides, but please remember that you are booking the space and access to equipment, not an expert guide to the tech.

Are there restrictions on how often I can book the space?

Not at this time.

Will the Library edit my video/audio/photographs for me?

No. You are booking the room and equipment for use. Completing your projects is entirely up to you!

Do I own the content I create in the studio?

Yes. The Library does not make claim to any ownership, rights, or intellectual property of anyone using the studio to create content. Furthermore, it is the responsibility of the customer, not that of TBPL, to adhere to federal copyright laws.

I forgot to save my work. Can you recover it for me?

No. We regularly clear the the studio computer of all non-Library files. Please make sure to save your work on an external hard drive or cloud-based service at the end of your session.

What is the studio orientation and is it mandatory?

Yes, all patrons wishing to use the studio must complete an orientation with TBPL staff. It will address equipment and resources in the studio, studio usage guidelines, and signing the usage agreement.

How many people can book the studio at once?

Due to the size of the room, only groups of up to five people may book the studio at this time.

I am a teacher/group leader and want to know more about the studio. Who do I contact?

Please email studio@tbpl.ca or call 624-4204

Is there a cost to book the studio?

There is no fee for individuals or non-profit organizations. 

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The Thunder Bay Public Library is grateful for support from the J. P. Bickell Foundation to purchase equipment for Studio 216