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Podcasting Studio in One Market.
The Podcasting Studio has reopened at Wilfrid Laurier University Brantford for the use of the campus and community members.
The studio is in the One Market Building in room OM210, near the Student Commons. The studio is open Monday and Friday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Tuesday through Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The studio is run by Avery Moore Kloss, Laurier’s first podcaster-in-residence and the founder of Folktale Studio. It is accessible to all students, professors and anyone in the community free of charge.
“Come use the equipment, see if you feel comfortable with it, but you want to think about what you’re making before you come here,” said Moore Kloss as advice for anyone wanting to use the podcast studio. “Think how much time and energy you do have paired with what do you think the audience who you want to attract want to hear?”
The Podcasting Studio was built with a Stedman grant of $15,000 that required it had to be opened to the community for use free of charge. The studio took a break during the pandemic but has now since reopened under the guidance of the Laurier Library.
It’s currently a digital skills service offered by the library that encourages and promotes research, collaboration, creation and a presentation of digital stories.
“I feel like the studio is opening up more opportunities to students to have access to that equipment and explore and learn with a studio-based space,” said Piper Force, a fourth-year digital media and journalism student and a receptionist at the studio. “It is an access to a free podcast studio for anyone with a great team of support to help along with trouble shooting and any questions.”
To use the studio, users must bring an external drive or storage mechanism to store their work.
There are two spaces available to use in the studio. The recording studio is a professional 4-person setup that must be run by one person in the studio. The Hindenburg equipment is a digital audio station which is intuitive, standard and easy for someone to learn.
The editing studio has two different kinds of Mac monitors. The podcasting studio has all the equipment needed to record, as each studio is equipped with professional-grade microphones, headphones and software for mixing and editing audio.
“I encourage people to record their stories to find their voice as it is important and having a space like this that anyone can come and use for free and get some advice and support is not common, so this is a special place where everything is available to help on your podcast studio as it removes the barrier to ask for advice and learn,” said Moore Kloss.
Appointments for office hours with Moore Kloss are three days a week in person on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and virtual meetings on Thursday. They include 25 minutes of anything that can vary from a tutorial on how to use the studio or a workshop on audio editing to advice on a podcast. The recording or the editing studio can be booked for 55 minutes online using the same link, https://calendly.com/Brantfordstudio.