Studio 11 at BAPL

The Bethlehem Area Public Library makes available to its users a recording studio 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 the user’s guide to the equipment here.

To reserve your session, please take the following steps.

  1. Download a copy of the usage agreement
  2. Print and sign the usage agreement (return it to the library when using the studio)
  3. Make a reservation using the form below. Library hours and special closings are here. Studio is available during regular hours. Check availability on the schedule listed at the bottom of this page. A minimum of 24 hour notice is required to reserve the studio.

Use the 'message' field to briefly describe the project you're working on. Be sure to fill out both the date and time fields.

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The FAQ below has additional information. 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
  • Mic Stands
  • Yamaha HS8” Powered Studio Monitor
  • Headphones

There are also donated instruments coming in (drums, keyboards, guitars, a Wurlitzer). More details on this coming soon.

What software does it run?

Both Logic Pro and Reaper are 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.

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