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Podcasting 101

Podcasting 101

Have you ever had an idea for a podcast and not known exactly where to begin? Looking for answers online turns up a variety of resources, but it’s easy to feel overwhelmed when you see extensive lists of gear, software, and production techniques.

Fortunately, the Library is a great first step to learning the tools of the trade! The Library’s Digital Media Expert’s recommendation for anyone who asks about audio editing or making a podcast is Audacity, a free open-source audio-editing application.

A Teleprompter For Checkout!

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Want to be on camera, but have a hard time remembering what you want to say? Worry not friend, the library has a solution for you––a teleprompter! This marvelous device allows you to read off a script while looking directly into the camera. Controlling the teleprompter is easy. Just use our included remote to start, stop, and control the rate of your script as it’s displayed on the teleprompter.

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New Wacom Drawing Tablet in Level Up!

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Did you know the Library has a brand new Wacom tablet?  It's true! The Wacom Intuos Pro M is a powerful tool that can be used in so many creative ways. Similar to Level Up's Intuos Pro, this table allows you  to draw on its surface with a specialized pen and see your work on your computer screen.

Your drawings can then be manipulated further using other tools, like Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator.  It's a great way to work with art on the computer, and makes it faster and easier to get natural-looking lines and drawings into your projects.

Hey DJs: the Traktor Kontrol S2 Is Here!

Live DJing has come a long way since the days of keeping the party going by simply playing one song after another. The turntable revolution of the 1980s established DJs as performers in their own right—songs on vinyl records became the raw materials sonic artists mixed, "scratched," and re-fashioned into amazing new musical statements and creative experiences. Then came the next game-changer that made individual records themselves optional: by using digital controllers—some of which emulate the look and feel of a turntable and mixer setup—today's DJs are limited only by their imaginations and the number of audio files on their computers.

Makevention 2017

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What are “makers,” exactly? Literally anyone who makes something! Tinkerers, inventors, programmers, artists, designers, scientists, and many other creators make up this diverse, DIY-spirited group. And there will be quite a few of them at this year’s Makevention, 10am-4pm on Saturday, August 26th,at the Bloomington/Monroe County Convention Center.

Makevention is a free event showcasing the work and imagination of regional and local makers. Here’s a short list of the many awesome makers participating this year:

Create Your Father's Day Video Greeting Card in Level Up

Father's Day is June 18th. Show your Dad how much you care by creating him a personalized greeting card in Level Up's video studios at the Main Library!

Making a video greeting card here is easy and free—and much more fun than scouring the greeting card aisle at the grocery store for a message that fits your dad's unique style. In Level Up, you can choose from our props, find images to add on top of (or behind) your video footage, and even incorporate something you've brought from home into the perfect Father's Day greeting. 

To create your video, just come on in. Staff can point you in the right direction, and even help you get started. Dad is going to be really impressed this year!

 

Level Up: Where Do I Start?

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So much great stuff is in Level Up—free to use with your Library card—for people of all ages and skill levels. But how do you know how to match up your creative interests with the amazing equipment and software here waiting for you?

Level Up’s useful Resources page is what you want. We've scoured the web for the best free guides to digital creativity and posted them there for beginners, experts, and everybody in between (and don't forget collection of books and magazines in Level Up!).

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