St. Louis central library recording studio has become a hotspot for artist

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ST. LOUIS (KPLR) - It might not look like Sun Records in Memphis Tennessee, but the central library in downtown St. Louis has been a busy recording facility.

Rob Tygett/Mgr. Digital Library Services: “We`ve bought the professional based software, we have a nice audio interface.  We`ve acoustically treated our space so you can come in here and make professional level recordings at a cost of zero dollars with your public library card”.

In the 15 months that it`s been open, the recording studio in the basement of the central library has seen its share of musical acts.

Rob Tygett/Mgr. Digital Library Services: “We`ve got young people coming in here working on music, older folks doing histories and poetry projects and recording for their community groups.  The amount of products coming out is even more amazing and the diversity is even more amazing”.

I`ve seen guitars bass guitars.  I had a woodwind trio; singers bring their own microphones, samplers and synthesizers.  I`ve seen everything come into the room over the past 15 months.

More than two thousand musicians have spent time in the studio that offers free sessions with just a library card. Meanwhile must down the street at the leather trades artist loft, musicians are gathering to spread to the good news in the Gateway City.

Adam Reed/Dir. Photography The Loft Sessions: “We bring in local artists and give them a professional video and audio mix and we produce that for them and let them use that as content to feed their brand”.

The collective that call themselves the media outlaws also offer cheap as free hi-fi opportunities at the loft sessions. And in just two years time they`ve developed a reputation in this river city recording 60 local acts and giving opportunities to artists.

Adam Reed/Dir. Photography The Loft Sessions: “We want to change that stigma that local music is bad.  All that music you hear on the radio it comes from somewhere.  Where does it come from, guys in their living room playing guitar or playing at their local bar.  They`ve got to start somewhere and they need a vehicle to deliver them where they want to be and we want to help do that”.

More information on the loft sessions can be found at:

And to register for the library's audio workshops call the central branch to register or

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