Music Production at the Urbana Free Library

The Urbana Free Library’s first complete youth recording was done by a middle school student on May 29, 2013. She  covered the operatic “Cara Mia Addio” from the 2011 videogame Portal 2 by first playing the song on a keyboard and then singing over the track in the Urbana Free Library “studio,” which is one of the large auditorium closets. The very talented middle school student completed the song in only a few takes. Using the professional recording, mixing, and mastering software Cakewalk Sonar X2, MixITUp! Scholar Karen Barton and volunteer Jenni Archer facilitated the recording. After the piano MIDI sounds were converted to a xylophone, the track was complete.

The library provides keyboards as well as guitars for youth to use during programming hours. Youth may play their own music or even record over audio tracks downloaded from the Internet. In the future, the library hopes to purchase more equipment in order to record multiple participants simultaneously.

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