Beat Making Workshops

Our Summer Camps continue and once again our young patrons gathered in Studio 300. This time they experimented with basic beat making in a half-day bootcamp. Listen to their fine work.

Tweens

The Tweens collaborated on this project using GarageBand software.

 

Teens

Our teen patrons worked together using the Native Instruments Maschine hardware/software instrument.

 

Songwriting Workshop

Studio 300 kicked off this year’s Summer Camps for our Tween and Teen patrons with a Songwriting Workshop. The young patrons gathered for a creative collaboration in Studio 300. Together they selected a background music track, composed their melody, wrote their own lyrics, rehearsed the song, and then performed the track in one of our soundproof audio booths. Enjoy the results of their hard work:

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Staff Pick: Cintiq & Photoshop

Artwork courtesy of FPLD patron Chris Relo from ChrisRelo.com

A person’s hands can do amazing things. Computers can do amazing things. But often there is a disconnect between the two. The Cintiq drawing tablet bridges that gap.

Combined with software such as Photoshop opens up endless possibilities. Pressure sensitivity, screen mirroring – it’s an amazing feeling to work with a pen.

This Staff Pick brought to you by Steve. Stop by Studio 300 and try this device for yourself.

Maker Lab at Studio 300 Technology Spotlight

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Brother SE-400

The Maker Lab at Studio 300 has the Brother SE-400 Combination Computerized Sewing and Embroidery Machine available for your project needs.  Here are its specs:

  • Sew, quilt, embroider. If you can imagine it, you can create it! Enjoy comprehensive sewing functions, plus 4-inch-by-4-inch embroidery capabilities.
  • Easy-to-view back-lit touch screen LCD display accesses 67 unique sewing stitches and 70 built- in embroidery designs, with 5 lettering fonts.
  • Computer connectivity for importing thousands of embroidery designs purchased from iBroidery.com and other sites, and for updating your machine in the future.
  • One-touch automatic thread cutter cuts your top and bobbin thread with ease.

Stop by and check it out.  Studio 300 staff will be on hand to answer questions and help you with your project during open shop hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4-8 p.m. and Saturdays, 2-4 p.m.

Maker Lab at Studio 300 Technology Spotlight

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KNK Zing Air Computerized Cutter

The Maker Lab at Studio 300 has the KNK Zing Air Computerized Cutter available for your vinyl cutting project needs. The KNK Zing Air allows you to create and cut your own custom designs. Here’s its specs:

  • Cutting width up to 12″ wide.
  • Print and Cut With built-in Laser alignment, the KNK Zing Air performs quick and precise cuts.
  • Now with 3 wheels, allowing users to cut 12″ x unlimited length.
  • Peel and stick vinyl is $1.00 / linear foot
  • Heat transfer vinyl is $2.50 / linear foot.
  • A heat press is available.

Stop by and check it out.  Studio 300 staff will be on hand to answer questions and help you with your project during open shop hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4-8 p.m. and Saturdays, 2-4  p.m.

Maker Lab at Studio 300 Technology Spotlight

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CARVEY

The Maker Lab at Studio 300 has the Carvey CNC Router available for your carving project. Carvey’s fully-enclosed design makes 3-D carving clean, quiet, and safe.  Studio 300 has several material choices available.  Here are the details:

  • Automatic calibration, built-in settings for your materials, and ease to use software make Carvey intuitive and approachable.
  • The Easel software makes it simple to design a project from scratch, or to import an existing sketch or file. With intuitive tools and interactive apps-it’s the design process, simplified.
  • Use Easel’s pre-carve checklist to make sure everything is ready, then click “Carve”. Sit back and watch as your idea comes to life.
  • A fully-enclosed frame ensures the mess (and the noise) stays on the inside.

Stop by and check it out.  Studio 300 staff will be on hand to answer questions and help you with your project during open shop hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4-8 p.m. and Saturdays, 2-4 p.m.

Maker Lab at Studio 300 Technology Spotlight

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Hic Top CR-10

The Maker Lab at Studio 300 has the Hic Top CR-10 3D Printer available for your  3D project.  The CR-10 can print big models, the max printing size is 300x300x400mm/11x11x15 inches.  Studio 300 has many PLA colors available @ .10 / gram.   Here are the details:

  • Printing Size: 300*300*400mm
  • Printing accuracy:±0.1mm
  • Layer thickness: 0.05-0.4mm (adjustable)
  • Nozzle temp: 250 degree C
  • Extruder temperature: PLA: 210 C
  • Hot bed temperature: PLA: 60 C
  • Printing Speed:Normal: 80mm/s, Max.: 200mm/s
  • Materials:1.75mm PLA
  • Nozzle: 0.4mm

Stop by and check it out.  Studio 300 staff will be on hand to answer questions and help you with your project during open shop hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4-8 p.m. and Saturdays, 2-4 p.m.

Staff Pick: Portable LED Lighting

Proper lighting can be an afterthought when you’re busy taking a photo or making a video. In Studio 300 both our A and B/C spaces have terrific preset lighting. But what do you do if you need lighting in the field? Choose from one of our two LED light kits (one 3-light or one 4-light kit). Both provide bright, dimmable light so you can get the right look.

This Staff Pick brought to you by Steve. Stop by Studio 300 and see these lights in action.

Staff Pick: Dracast LED Light

dr-caml-maxb-3Light is the key to great imagery. Poor lighting =  Disappointing results. Enter the Dracast on-camera light. You get 160 LEDs, dimmer, and color temperature adjustment. Add its two batteries that last for hours, mount to a camcorder or DSLR, and get ready to make your videos look better.

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This Staff Pick brought to you by Joe. Stop by Studio 300 and see this device in action.

Editing Tips for Writers

Writers the world over nod when hearing what Hemingway said: “The only kind of writing is rewriting.” Rare is the first draft of anything ready to unleash on the public. Writers continue to rely on skilled, professional editors to catch mistakes and add that final sheen to a manuscript. And while self-editing your work will never replace working with an actual editor, there are basic steps to take that will lead to stronger drafts. Also, technology can assist via editing software that helps tweak your writing.

Sign-up for our upcoming class, Self-Editing Tips for Writers, on Wednesday, January 17 at 7 p.m. You’ll walk away from the program with many ways to take your writing project further.

Also, Studio 300 provides free access to the premium ProWritingAid app. This cloud-based software makes numerous suggestions, catches errors, offers grammar tips, and magnifies common problems–many of the areas a real-life editor would address. To use the full version, stop by Studio 300 and we’ll log you in. Then, paste in your text and run the ProWritingAid reports to start making a real difference in your writing.