The City of Peoria, in partnership with Arizona State University’s J. Orin Edson Institute of Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Peoria Forward (ASU Peoria Forward), has added a full-service podcast recording studio to inside the Peoria Main Library.
Dubbed “Amplify Studio”, the latest resource in Peoria’s core library is free and not limited to experience level. After completing a free online training course designed to help users have an independent studio experience, it can be used by anyone.
Nathaniel Washburn, manager of the City of Peoria Library and Cultural Services, sees it as a valuable asset to the Peoria community.
“I hope this provides the spark people need to let their creativity run wild,” Washburn said. “My real hope is that we can challenge people to find their niche, whether it’s starting their own business, advertising a current business, or finding the next podcasting superstar who doesn’t. just waiting to be found.
“I hope this will break down the barriers of expensive studio time and allow all of our citizens to enjoy it.”
Without the help of ASU Peoria Forward, Washburn said, the studio wouldn’t be here today, as they purchased all the top-notch podcasting equipment.
“We’ve been working with (ASU Peoria Forward) for a few years now, and the partnership is amazing,” Washburn said. “ASU people, I’m blown away by them. They want to help our community and they want to bring innovation to Peoria.
Last fall, the City of Peoria hosted a four-part podcast course series in partnership with ASU Peoria Forward that provided information on podcasting, entrepreneurship, and content creation.
Washburn said the course went very well, but it was quickly deciphered that they were teaching something that there was no room to put those things to use.
“The light bulb went off in our head and we thought we were teaching people how to do a podcast or how to start their own business or how to be an entrepreneur, but we’re not giving them the ability to be practical in the use it,” he said.
Conversations surrounding the possibility of a podcasting studio started in January but got really serious in March. It turned out that the main library in Peoria was being renovated and space had opened up to put a podcasting studio there, so the timing was perfect.
“We had a space that we thought was perfect for a recording studio, and it ended up being a bit too small to really do what I really wanted to do with it – a real recording studio where you could bring a drum kit, guitars and amps,” Washburn said. “So the idea was (to use it) as a podcast studio.”
Amplify Studio is currently open to the public, and Washburn said a few have already tried it. The feedback, he says, is positive.
“In terms of usability and the space itself, we’ve had tremendous feedback and a really positive vibe about the space itself and the ability to get in there and use that space. free,” he said.
Amplify Studio’s features don’t end with recording. Users can also edit and add sound effects to their podcasts.
“We found ways for people to incorporate their own little flair into it as well,” Washburn said.
The library allocates three hours per recording session, so users can get as much time as they need to create their content.
Although the studio is currently limited in its booking allocations, Washburn said the library will open more time to meet demand if needed.
“If we get to the point where we’re maxed out, and there’s a need from the community, and there’s a voice from the community that says, ‘Hey, we want more’, we would. absolutely,” he said.
Washburn sees the Peoria Main Library as something more than just a library. It’s a narrative that’s been trying to be pushed for some time, and Washburn said Amplify Studio is helping with that.
“We want to be more than just a library; we want to be a community center,” he said. “We want to be the place where people come to innovate, imagine, dream and succeed. We think that helps, that it’s a step in the right direction to get there. It’s just one of the many things we’re looking to bring into the fold.
Those interested can call 623-773-7556 to check availability and schedule. Reservations are possible from Monday to Thursday from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
You will find more information and training at peoria.polarislibrary.com/polaris/custom/amplify_studio.aspx.