It is a quiet afternoon as a young, aspiring filmmaker buzzes with excitement as she waits to join library assistant, Cameron Nixon for an orientation session in the library’s recording studio.
The recording studio was added during the 2015 library expansion after careful collaboration with the University of Kentucky’s Director of the Louis B. Nunn Center, Dr. Douglas Boyd. The recording studio is part of an ongoing project coordinated by library staff to record oral histories pertinent to Scott County. SCPL cardholders can reserve the studio at no charge to record their own audio and video projects with professional-quality equipment.
During the recording studio orientation session, Nixon gave an overview of the equipment and software that are available for use. For music creation and recording, the library offers GarageBand and Logic Pro X. For movie creation and video editing, the library offers iMovie and Final Cut Pro. GarageBand and iMovie are aimed at beginners while Logic Pro X and Final Cut Pro are both professional-grade software programs. After introducing the different editing programs, Nixon moved on to cover the equipment available for use in the studio. The studio has microphones, headsets, backdrops, lighting equipment, and a video camera.
For Lissette Moreno, the aspiring filmmaker in attendance, this session was a dream come true. Finding this equipment and software exceptionally expensive to invest on her own, she stated,
“This is a perfect opportunity as a student seeking professional development. I can see students, musicians, and recording artists loving it here!”
Michael Esham, the library’s System Administrator, remarks that patrons can book the studio for 3 hours after they have completed the orientation. For additional help with the programs, Esham recommends that patrons use Lynda.com, an online resource with video tutorials. Call 502-863-3566 or register online to book your orientation today and start discovering all the exciting possibilities at the Scott County Public Library!