Spotlight on DPL's Recording Studios

If you’ve visited the SM Energy ideaLAB at the Central Library--or even just browsed books on the west end of the 4th floor--you’ve no doubt heard muffled beats and other sounds emanating from the walls. Those are coming from the ideaLAB recording studio!

The ideaLAB recording studio includes a number of Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs), like Sonar and FL Studio, as well as a range of microphones and mixers, a MIDI keyboard, and some guitars. It’s (mostly) soundproofed and often reserved from open to close. It’s been so popular that we will be launching a second studio at the Central library in early-2017. Stay tuned…

The Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales Branch Library also has a very popular digital arts and media studio, with even more offerings in the way of music instruments, amps, and other software and hardware. The staff at Gonzales are enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and eager to help you realize your sonic potential.

So what actually gets recorded in the studios? Well, a little bit of everything! Some of the more popular recording projects in the ideaLAB include beats and verse, acoustic guitar and vocals, Virtual DJing/mixing, beatmaking, and podcasting. We’ve also recorded a trio ensemble, an elementary school band, and a classical composer.

At Gonzales, we’ve recorded poetry and spoken word, upright bass, singer/songwriters, piano, drums, and a number of ensembles including those made up of guitar/vocals/trumpet and drums/guitar/vocals/percussion/MIDI instruments. To hear more about some of the folks who have recorded at Gonzales--and to check out some music samples--give the podcast Shelf Life a listen, which recently highlighted some of the Gonzales studio users.

To find out more and/or to reserve a studio session, check out the FAQ for the ideaLAB recording studio and the digital arts and media studio at the Gonzales branch. To those about to rock...or rap or podcast, I salute you!

Written by Cody on December 27, 2016


Chris Harper on February 9, 2018


Hi I'm looking to get more info on recording in this studio.