HUDSON — The music that you hear in your headphones and the podcasts that you listen to in the morning all had to be recorded somewhere, and there is now a space for that in Hudson.
Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, has recently designed and will offer the use of “Studio H,” a multi-purpose recording studio. The room contains recording equipment that can be used for music and podcast production. It also has a video and photography studio so that it can cater to both the audio and visual needs of a project.
There will be an official ribbon cutting for the studio on March 7.
The library has a variety of instruments that are available to be used for recording such as a wide variety of guitars, an electric and traditional drum set, an electronic keyboard, and both an electric bass and standup electric bass.
Kevin Griffith, a library administrator, believes that the studio embraces the variety of services that libraries have incorporated over the last few years.
Libraries have changed the last five to 10 years, Griffith said. They changed with technology.
The studio reinforces his belief that “libraries are about providing value.”
The idea behind the studio is to bring the education to life that people learn from the library books. If a person wants to find out how to play an instrument, make a recipe or decorate a house, books are an ideal tool.
Griffith said, “Our most popular modem is books. People use them to learn how to do everything.”
It’s not just about the books anymore, he said. It’s about creating the experience for people.
In order to not disturb library patrons in the quiet and calm setting, keeping the noise as low as possible was important. The studio has sound reduction elements, implemented by the facilities department and contractors.
Other aspects of the studio include a stage lighting mount and hanging blankets that can be moved around to tune the sound based on the user’s needs.
About 60 percent of the studio construction and supplies came from the revenue that results from Green Fiber donations. These donations are paper and cardboard dropped off by the public to be recycled.
The recording studio goes along with the other hands-on programs that the library focuses on.
“We got on the Makerspace train early,” Griffith said.
A Makerspace is a community area where people with similar interests can learn, build and share ideas using technology and creative materials.
Griffith said, it’s about being hands-on with a different type of learning.
The feedback for Studio H has been positive and optimistic, especially from musicians that make a stop at the library.
“The visiting acts are all kind of dazzled,” Griffith said.
Call Hudson Regional Library at 727-861-3040 for more information about the use of the studio.