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Level Up Highlight - Korg Minilogue Synthesizer


It's a Synth, Not a Keyboard

Did you know Level Up now has a real synthesizer? Did you know you can borrow it for use at Level Up’s iMac workstations and Audio Production Studios? Synthesizers are not just instruments of the 1980s—they’re coming back into style (if they ever went out!), and are more fun to play than you can imagine!

Listen to these samples of our new Korg Minilogue (featuring the Library's very own Synth Guru):

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February Level Up Highlight - Guitars!

Level Up now has three guitars for use in the audio studios:

  • Spector Performer bass guitar
  • Squire Stratocaster electric guitar
  • Ibanez Artwood acoustic guitar

These guitars are available to check out during your reserved studio session and can be used in combination with the awesome amp design plug-ins in Logic Pro X, Reason 8, Ableton Live 9, and Pro Tools 12!


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October Level Up Highlight - Final Cut Pro X!

Final Cut Pro X is a powerful, flexible video editor commonly used by industry professionals. With it's "magnetic timeline," Final Cut allows for quick editing with no risk of leaving gaps or creating audio/video synch issues. In addition to all standard video editing features, it has new features like 3D text capability and enhanced masking effects. Whether you're new to editing, an iMovie user ready to take a step forward, or a seasoned editor, Final Cut Pro X will provide you with all the tools necessary to create a high quality project.

Final Cut Pro X is available on computer workstations 1 and 2 in Level Up.


Apple Website

Youtube Final Cut Pro X Tutorial 

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Level Up August Highlight - Wacom Tablets

For the month of August, we’re highlighting our two Wacom Intuos Pro pen tablets. We have one medium and one large sized tablet to use with digital drawing, painting, and design software. They check out in Level Up for two hours with a library card. See below a bunch of information on how to use these tablets to make the most of your designs.

Wacom Intuos Pro pen tablets 


Wacom is the industry standard for pen tablets; Level Up's Intuos Pros offer a range of features and customization options. Use the pen as you would a pen, pencil, or paintbrush with your favorite drawing software.

An overview of the Intuos Pro line from Wacom.

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Level Up Highlights

Thanks to all or our Level Up patrons for visiting the library's new digital creativity space! We've been up and running for four months now and the support and input from patrons has been amazing. The staff of Level Up has been working hard to enhance their digital skills to provide the best possible service to Level Up patrons. Another way we would like to assist patrons of Level Up to get the most from our services is by beginning to highlight some of our amazing pieces of gear, software, and gadgets. We'll provide a more in depth look at one piece of technology every month. We'll provide links to the product manual, tutorials, and other informative articles to help patrons get comfortable with all Level Up has to offer. Below is our first installment. Check it out!


The Akai MPK 49 MIDI Controller is available in Audio Production Studio 2, which can be reserved online through D!BS.


The Akai MPK 49 is a 49-key, semi-weighted keyboard with 12 backlit percussion pads, assignable knobs and faders, and more. With the MPK 49, thousands of sounds can be controlled through Level Up’s audio software (Logic Pro X, Ableton Live 9, and Propellerhead Reason 8)—from common instruments like guitars, basses, and drums to more unusual instruments like mellotrons, zithers, and gamelans. The controller’s ultra-sensitive keys and pads ensure that audio sounds realistic and organic. Eight knobs and faders allow assignment for up to 64 track parameters when using 4 banks to make recording and mixing a more hands-on experience. Visit mcpl.info/dibs to reserve Audio Production Studio 2 and start making music with the Akai MPK 49!

Here are some helpful links:


Akai MPK 49 Overview (YouTube Video)

Akai MPK 49 with Logic Pro X

Akai MPK 49 with Ableton Live

Check back next month for a new Level Up highlight!

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