For the musicians out there, we have added an electronic drum set and an electric guitar. Using the Reaper Digital Audio Workstation, artists can create and record music either ‘live off the floor’ as a group, or can ‘multi-track’ instruments by recording them separately and mixing them together. Songwriters can use the Studio to compose music, and bands can use the Studio to record ‘demo’ version of their songs.
For the visual artists, we have added a still camera and a digital drawing tablet. With the still camera and the green screen, customers can place themselves into practically any scene imaginable. We have had great response to our ‘Green Screen Fun’ events, and it is now easier than ever for customers to practice their Photoshop skills. The digital drawing tablet allows customers to create graphic novels the same way the professionals do and to apply their freehand drawing skills to the digital realm.
Of course, the Studio still has all of the great hardware and software from 2016. With the Ableton Push / Live package, customers can create loops and samples using the same tools as the professionals use. The Arturia Keylab controller is a traditional MIDI keyboard that can trigger hundreds of samples. Both of these can connect to the Reaper DAW recording system for either live recording, one-at-a-time multi-tracking, or just jamming with friends. With the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema video camera and Adobe Premiere Pro video editing software, customers have access to the same tools used by professional video editors and post-production experts. For customers who already have footage, the Studio is also the perfect place to edit and render projects.
Customers who wish to use the Studio must first complete a brief 2-hour training session, which will showcase many of the possible projects that can be done, as well as a quick overview on how to operate the Studio’s hardware and software. Customers can book time (for free!) at the Studio during regular operating hours when time is available. You can book Studio time over the telephone (519-631-6050), or in-person. Bookings are limited to two hours per day. Please note that Studio bookings do not include a dedicated studio technician. The purpose of the Studio is to allow customers to explore and learn about video and audio production, and we hope to inspire budding film, photography and music artists to express themselves as part of our Creators’ Community initiative!
Below are some young CC Café-ers using the digital drawing tablet and the electronic drums.