Tickling the Ivories

Digital Piano

Studio 300 has a beautiful digital piano, Roland RD-300NX, just waiting to be played (and recorded).

This digital piano can record both the actual sound output and/or MIDI. MIDI is very flexible and allows the recording to be edited in an application such as Apple’s GarageBand or Logic Pro in order to fix mistakes, change instruments, and add effects. Staff member Laura enjoyed recording the sample below using MIDI.

Come check out the digital piano and some of Studio 300’s other instruments!

Design Your Own Flyers and Brochures

At Studio 300, you can create and print your own materials such as flyers, brochures, newsletters, and business cards! Apple Pages and Microsoft Word have built-in templates that make it quick and easy to customize layouts by replacing placeholder type and using drag-and-drop to swap out photos (see two Pages templates below). Studio 300 Mac computers also come equipped with the more powerful Adobe Creative Cloud software (formerly CS6) including InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop. Although these heavy-hitters have a higher learning curve, they allow you to create illustrations and logos, manipulate photos, do more fine-tuning, manage large projects, and more.

Let Studio 300 help you create flyers to spread the word for your next garage sale, birthday party, barbecue, reunion, or movie night this summer!

Book Resources

Available for checkout at Fountaindale Public Library

Lynda.com Video Tutorials

Available to watch for free in Studio 300

Studio 300 at C2E2


Adriana and Laura from Studio 300 visited Chicago’s Comic Con, C2E2, for Professional Day. C2E2 hosted a variety of artists, writers, and developers from all over the world.

From Laura and Adriana: “There was so much to see and explore that one day was just not enough. We were able to speak to many of the artists who were only too happy to answer all our geeky questions. It is wonderful to see the support that the fans of comics bring to C2E2 and make the experience even more enjoyable. The level of detail and care put into creating some of the cosplay costumes we saw was incredible!”

Here are some of the exciting moments they experienced!

3D Tin – Easy and Free 3D Modeling App

Our friends at the Workshop 88 Blender class also recommended that we also try 3dtin.com, a browser-based 3D modeling app. 3D Tin is free as long as your sketches are shared under Creative Commons. It requires a browser with WebGL support, includes templates and tutorials, stores your sketches in the cloud, and can export to standard file formats including STL, which is typically used for 3D printing.

Screen shot of 3D Tin

Free 3D Modeling Apps

In addition to downloading free 3D models from Thingiverse for 3D printing, you can create your own!

Here are a few free 3D modeling apps:

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SketchUp was previously a Google project that is now owned by Trimble. It is an easy-to-use app for creating 3D models, but does require a plug-in in order to export STL files for a 3D printer.

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123D by Autodesk:
A suite of several different browser-based applications for 3D modeling using various methods such as converting photos, building 3D from 2D slices, and combining shapes. Requires browsers with WebGL support.

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An open source application that can create professional level modeling and animations, but with a steeper learning curve. Able to natively export STL files for 3D printing.

Pixels and Bytes


Confused about how much space media takes up?

Video and image file sizes range based on both their content, such as how much light, color, and detail the image is made up of, as well as the image compression used on that camera model. A five-minute video of a rock concert will likely take up more space than a five-minute video of a baby sleeping using the same camera.

Audio files are much more consistent in size because the primary factors are sample rate and bit depth, regardless of what the audio content is–meaning, a five-minute orchestral piece will be about the same size as a five-minute heavy metal song.


VIDEO – Recorded HD video (AVCHD,H.264) is approximately 8GB per hour.

AUDIO – One-minute of stereo CD-quality audio is 10 MBs, but the average MP3 of the same is 1 MB.

PHOTOS – Jpeg sizes for cameras used in Studio 300:

5MP (iPhone 4) = 1.5MB
8MP (iPhone 4S/5) = 2.4MB
12MP (Canon S110) = 3.6MB or 36MB*
16MP (Canon A2400) = 4.8MB
18MP (Canon T4i) = 5.4MB or 54MB*

*RAW photo file sizes, which take up more space.
Average photo file sizes based on SanDisk’s memory card chart.

Don’t Be Fooled — although many great cameras have high megapixel counts, this does not automatically mean better quality images. The main advantage to higher MP, or higher resolution, is the ability to make larger prints. Resolution does relate to quality, as higher resolution images generally result in sharper and more detailed images, while lower resolution images can look stretched and rough. However, two of the most important factors when it comes to image quality are the camera’s sensor and lens.

3D Printer at Studio 300!

mb3dOne of the most exciting and unique pieces of equipment at Studio 300 is our 3D printer, a Makerbot Replicator 2. Instead of printing ink or toner, our Makerbot will print with PLA Filament, a biodegradable plastic.

Though typical 3D printed items are artistic objects, advanced 3D printers already show the potential to print an incredible range of objects from human organs and food to educational models.

The short video below explains more about how a 3D printer works. Read more about Studio 300’s 3D printer as featured on mysuburbanlife.com.