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Do-It-Yourself Recording Studios

Do-It-Yourself Recording Studios

Bowman Library offers two do-it-yourself recording studios where you can create and produce professional videos, podcasts and more. The studios have all the equipment you will need to create your own recordings for classes, interviews, student clubs and just for fun!

Live Oak

 Picture of desk setup in the Live Oak DIY recording studio space, with iMac computer, chair, and storage cabinet displayed.         Picture of Live Oak reservable room with studio setup, including lighting, video camera, green screen, mobile tv stand, white board, and acoustic paneling.       


Scrub Oak



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What can I do in the DIY Recording Studios?

Live Oak and Scrub Oak Do-It-Yourself Recording Studios are outfitted with acoustic sound dampening panels and baffling blankets to create an ideal practice, recording, and creative environment. 

You can use these studios for: 

  • Presentation practice
  • Zoom meetings and conference calls
  • Podcast production
  • Audio and video production
  • Post-production and editing
  • Animation
  • Or … just as a group study space!

How do I access the space and equipment?

Live Oak and Scrub Oak Do-It-Yourself Recording Studios and equipment are available to all Menlo College students, faculty, and staff.

Live Oak and Scrub Oak are available by reservation for 2 hour blocks using the Library reservation system. Bring your Menlo ID to the front desk to check in to your appointment and borrow recording equipment.

You can upload your recordings to cloud spaces (GSuite, YouTube, etc.) You will need to bring your own USB drive/memory storage device to save your work physically.

For more information on accessing the DIY Recording Studios and equipment, please see Bowman Library’s space use and equipment lending policies.

What’s Available for Checkout?

Recording equipment is available for check out, for library use only within Scrub Oak or Live Oak.

Visit the Available Tech page to view available equipment and visit our Equipment Lending Policy page to learn more about borrowing audio/visual recording equipment from the library.

How do I get help and instructions?

Instruction manuals and training videos about how to use specific pieces of equipment are on the Reservable Technology- Manuals and Tutorials page.