Recording Station

Capture Your Vision!

Explore video and audio recording at the library! We have the space and equipment to help you get started:

  • Film and produce your own YouTube video or vlog
  • Rehearse a job interview to 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!

About the Recording Station:

  • 10’ x 14’ sound-baffled room fits 4 people max
  • Equipped with a Windows 10 PC with both basic and professional video and audio production software; a 2 channel digital audio input device for recording; headphones, and speakers.
  • Microphone kits, camcorders, tripods, and lighting available to borrow (you will need to bring your on SDHC or SDXC memory card – we recommend Class 10, 32GB+). See below for a full list of videography and audio recording equipment and software
  • Chroma green, black, and white backdrops available in the room
  • Must be 13 years of age or older (or in high school). Those under 13 or not yet in high school must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
    NOTE: While the recording booth has sound proofing, it is not 100% sound proof. Therefore, there are some instruments (drums, brass instruments, guitar amplifiers) that cannot be accommodated. However, we offer virtual instruments via software to include in your recording).  

Using the Recording Station

Step 1: Make a Booking

  • Check the station availability calendar
  • Fill out a Booking Request form – give us a 1st choice date, and a backup just in case
  • Request the equipment you want to borrow on the booking request form
  • We’ll get back to you within 24 hours. Please note that your booking is not confirmed until you hear back from us!

Step 2: Arriving for your Booking

Plan to arrive approximately 15 minutes before your booking if you need any additional equipment (cameras, microphones, lights, etc.). Check in with the 3rd floor desk. You’ll need to present identification, which you’ll get back when you check out from your booking. If you are more than 10 minutes late for your booking it will be cancelled, and the timeslot opened to other customers.

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Recording Station Availability Calendar:

Hours & Bookings: Book up to 3 hours a day, 6 hours a week max. No more than 4 bookings in the system at one time. Minimum booking time is 30 minutes, with a half hour buffer before the next booking.The Recording Station's regular hours are 9:30-8:30 Monday-Friday, 10-4:30 Saturday, and 1:30-4:30 Sundays. Availability may change without notice.

Learning Resources

Audio Production:

Video Production:

Equipment and Software

Videography Equipment & Software:

  • Handycam: Panasonic HC-V770K
  • DSLR Camera: Canon Rebel T5i
  • Rhode VideoMic Pro Plus On-Camera Microphone
  • Video Lighting: Aperture Amaran AL-528W Flood (x3)
  • Teleprompter: Parrot Teleprompter (requires your smartphone)
  • Green Screen
  • Black and White Backdrops
  • Adobe Premiere Elements 15 video editing software*
  • Adobe Premiere Pro video editing software*

Audio Recording/Editing Equipment & Software

  • Digital Audio Interface: Focusrite Scarlett 2i2
  • Microphones: Audio-Technica AT2020. Microphone kits include stands, shock mounts, ring mounts, pop screens, and XLR cables.
  • 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*
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