Studio 11 is the Bethlehem Area Public Library’s recording studio, located in the basement of the Main Library. This project is funded in partnership with Lehigh University’s South Side Initiative and the Mellon Digital Humanities Initiative. See a pdf of the user’s guide to the equipment here.
To reserve your session, please take the following steps.
- Download a copy of the usage agreement
- Print and sign the usage agreement (return it to the library when using the studio)
- Make a reservation using the form below. Library hours and special closings are here. Studio is available during regular hours. The default session is two hours long. Should you anticipate needing more than two hours, just mention that in your message. It will be permitted if the schedule allows. Check availability on the schedule listed at the bottom of this page. A minimum of 72-hour notice is required to reserve the studio. Please wait for a confirmation email to confirm your reservation.
Use the 'message' field to briefly describe the project you're working on. Be sure to fill out both the date and time fields. Be sure to check the available times at the bottom of this page before submitting your request.
Contact us with any questions!
How do I sign up to use the studio?
By using the form on this here page! If you do not know how to use the equipment, note that there will not be anyone here to show you how. Please make arrangements with a sound engineer on your own or be sure to review the instructional guides carefully before coming in.
Is there a cost?
Nope! This is a free resource provided to members of the Bethlehem Area Public Library.
What equipment is in the studio?
Behringer X 32 Compact Console
iMac with 2 monitors
Shure SM7B Dynamic Vocal Microphones
Shure SM58 microphones
Shure SM57 microphones
Yamaha HS8” Powered Studio Monitor
There are also donated instruments (drums, keyboards, guitars, a piano, organ, and more!)
What software does it run?
LogicPro, Reaper, GarageBand, and Audacity are all installed for audio recording.
Does the library provide a sound engineer?
No, but we can recommend some local engineers who have expressed an interest in working with people at BAPL. It would be up to you, the person using the studio, to negotiate a fee and payment with the engineer.
Can you save your files on the library’s computer?
No. When you’re finished, be sure to upload the tracks to the cloud or save on a USB drive to take with you.
Is there an age limit?
Minors age 15 or older may use the studio without parent/guardian supervision, if they have an agreement form on file with their parent/guardian’s signature (and completed the orientation). Minors under the age of 15 must be accompanied and supervised by an adult at all times and may not independently operate any equipment.
What kind of stuff can I record here?
Special arrangements may need to be made to accommodate loud projects, but otherwise the only limit is your own creativity. You can record podcasts, solo musician stuff, a live band, whatever you like!
Do note the section of the agreement that states “the user agrees to follow all applicable laws, statutes, and codes related to copyright infringement and intellectual property. The user is solely responsible for any items created.”
Why do you call it Studio 11?
The Main Library’s address is 11 W. Church St.! Also because of Spinal Tap.
Mon. – Wed. 9AM – 8PM
Thurs. & Fri. 9AM – 6PM
Sat. 10AM – 5PM