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Recording station

Explore video and audio recording at the library! The recording station is a sound-baffled 10' x 14' room, equipped with professional video and audio production equipment.

What's your next project?

  • Film and produce your own YouTube video or vlog
  • Rehearse a job interview and get feedback from others
  • Record an audition tape or performance
  • Record your music*
  • Create your own audiobook
  • Record a podcast

Free with a library card registered at North Vancouver City Library!

*Note: Because the booth is not 100% sound proof, there are some instruments (drums, brass, guitar amplifiers) that cannot be accommodated. However, we offer virtual instruments via software to include in your recording.

Recording station

Using the recording station

Step 1: Request a booking

  • Check the station availability calendar
  • Fill out a booking request form — give us a first choice date and a backup just in case
  • Request the equipment you want to borrow on the booking request form
  • We will get back to you within 24 hours — please note that your booking is not confirmed until you hear back from us!

Step 2: Arrive for your booking

  • Please plan to arrive approximately 15 minutes before your booking if you need to borrow any additional equipment (cameras, microphones, etc.)
  • Check in at the third floor desk with one piece of photo ID (and your library card if you haven't pre-booked)
  • If you are more than 10 minutes late for your booking, it will be cancelled and the time slot opened to other customers

Reminders

Please bring a USB flash drive (memory stick) or an external hard drive for saving your files and a 32 GB or greater SDXD card to use in the camcorder.

Booking policies

  • All bookings are on a first-come, first-served basis and require at least 24-hours’ notice
  • Users must be at least 10 years old
  • Bookings are for a maximum of three hours per day per group and for a maximum of four upcoming bookings per month
  • Book up to one month in advance
  • No more than four upcoming bookings in the system at one time
  • Capacity is limited to four people in the room
  • The station is bookable during regular library hours, with one hour at the beginning and end of the day reserved for cleaning
Recording studio

Available video equipment

In the booth

  • Video lighting
  • Green screen
  • Adobe Premiere Elements 15 video editing software
  • Adobe Premiere Pro video editing software

Borrow from the desk

  • SONY FDR-AX53 HANDYCAM, with Rode VideoMic Pro Plus and Parrot teleprompter
  • User smartphone kit, with Rode VideoGo microphone
  • Reversible black/white backdrop
  • Camera tripod

Available audio equipment

In the booth

  • Digital audio interface: Focusrite Scarlett 18i8
  • 2 desktop microphones: Audio-Technica AT2020
  • Midi Keyboard: M-Audio Keystation 49II
  • M-Audio compact desktop reference monitors
  • Headphones: Audio-Technica ATH-M30X
  • Audacity Digital Audio Workstation software (basic)
  • Pro Tools 12 Digital Audio Workstation software (advanced)
  • Pro Tools sound libraries, including Addictive Drums 2, Sans Amp, Air organ, piano, and other synth sounds

Borrow from the desk

  • 2 vocal/instrument mics with full-sized stands: Shure SM-58
  • Music stand
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