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How to use the Melrose Center recording studio at the downtown library

February 10, 2014

I was more than a little groggy from the first night of Ralphfest 3 when OW‘s Give Me Your Money columnist, Dave Plotkin, invited me to come along with him for the public unveiling of the Dorothy Lumley Melrose Center for Technology, Innovation and Creativity (a.k.a. the Melrose Center). It was too good to pass up, though, so I downed some Drunken Monkey and headed there with him. And this is what we saw:

Since so many musicians seemed interested in the recording studio element, I focused my inquisitiveness on that realm, and this is what I found out:

  • Currently, the recording studio is not fully outfitted. They expect it to be in near state-of-the-art shape and available to reserve by mid-March.
  • The facilities are free. In order to use them, though, you must complete an orientation class. It’s one hour long, and at the end, you must pass a test to show you’re cool to use the equipment.
  • There are engineers who will be at the library, but they are only there to address issues not related to helping you do your recording. Consider them tech support, mostly; they’re not looking for a producers credit.
  • Once you’ve passed the orientation, you can reserve the room for up to three 4-hour sessions a week. You can reserve the space up to 30 days in advance.
  • There’s approximately $60,000 worth of audio gear on hand in the recording studio, but you are also welcome to bring your own gear.
  • There are isolation booths for audio recording, too, just outside the studio. (These are also excellent for your music nerd podcasts, just trying to plant a seed …)
  • The library will also offer courses for those interested in learning ProTools or how to use different mics, for example.

That’s all I found out so far. From the Melrose Center’s services page:

Standard Equipment List

  • Pro Tools HDINative Thunderbolt  + HD I/O 16×16 Interface
  • Pro Tools 11 Software
  • C/24 Control Surface
  • 2 Avid Pre 8 Channel microphone preamp interface
  • Mackie HR824mk2 Active Monitors
  • Mackie MR10Smk3 Active Studio Subwoofer
  • Yamaha MSP7 Studio
  • Yamaha Motif-Rack XS Synth
  • Tascam CD-RW900SL
  • MOTU MIDI Express XT USB
  • Vox AC15 Custom 1×12″ 15-Watt Tube Combo Amp
  • WavesGold Plug In Package
  • Waves SSL 4000 Collection
  • Spectrasonics Stylus RMX Realtime Groove Module
  • Spectrasonics Trilian Total Bass Module
  • Kontakt 9
  • Apple Logic Pro X Audio & MIDI Recording Software

Optional Equipment List

  • Arturia KeyLa 61 Key MIDI Hybrid Synth Controller
  • Audio Technica AT2050
  • AKG D112
  • Shure DMk57-52 Drum Microphone Kit
  • Shure Beta 57A Supercardioid Dynamic
  • Shure SM57-LC – Cardoid Dynamic Microphone
  • Shure PG81-lC Cardioid Condenser
  • APEX AX-48 Pro Keyboard Stand
  • K&M KM254 Tripod-Style Microphone Stand
  • K&M KM259 Low Profile Tripod Stand with KM211/1 Boom
  • Atlas MS-10CE All-Purpose Mic Stand Ebony
  • Shure PS-6 PopperStopper Pop Filter
  • Also available are two WhisperRooms sound booths and two editing bays.

To see all the existing equipment we saw on Saturday, click here to jump straight to the audio stuff in our Melrose Center photo gallery.

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    this is pretty damn amazing.

  • Vondruke

    This is wonderful, I hope something like this opens in my area, any plans for a TV Studio?