Digital Creativity Workstations

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Take creative ideas from “Aha!” to “Awesome!” with the Digital Creativity Workstations and laptops in Level Up. With free access to the tools top creators use, you’re on your way to amazing graphic, video, and audio productions.

Adobe Creative Cloud Suite—Here for You

Adobe leads the pack in digital creativity software, and their most popular products are waiting for you at Level Up. Your images, sounds, and words go in—amazing movies, songs, and publications come out. Your library card provides you free access to the Adobe Creative Cloud suite of programs on all workstations and laptops in Level Up. Check out our Adobe Creative Cloud page for a complete list of software and tutorials.

Using Workstations

Use your library card to log in to any Digital Creativity Workstation at Level Up. When all Workstations are in use, you may reserve the next available one at a Level Up reservation station.

Hardware & Accessories

Available with your library card

Even More Software

In addition to the Adobe Creative Cloud Suite, you'll find these great tools at the Digital Creativity Workstations in Level Up:

Video & Animation

▶ iMovie

Apple's simple video editor is great for beginning and experienced filmmakers.

Overview
An overview of iMovie.

iMovie Help
Apple's online resource page.

Brain University: iMovie Essentials (YouTube)
This video series from Lynda.com offers detailed breakdowns of every step involved in the creation of an iMovie project. Perfect for diving deep into what iMovie can do.

How to Create a Movie From Start to Finish With iMovie
A handy “bare bones” overview from Tuts+, with screenshots accompanying each step. Great as a refresher or quick reference.

Library Resources
Borrow these great Library items on iMovie. Ask staff for assistance with locating them.

▶ Blender

Open-source software that puts the power of 3D animation in your hands. Blender offers "the entirety of the 3D pipeline—modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking, even video editing and game creation.”

Overview
An overview of Blender.

Blender Reference Manual
The online, searchable instruction manual for Blender.

Tutorials from Blender
An extensive collection of how-to videos especially for newbies. Includes sections on getting started, modeling, rigging, and more.

33 brilliant Blender tutorials
Creative Bloq’s collection of video and text tutorials covers just about everything for a variety of skill levels and learning styles.

Library Resources
Borrow materials about Blender from the Library. Ask Staff for assistance with locating them.

Audio Recording & Production

▶ Avid Pro Tools 12

Record music, podcasts, or sound for film with this pro audio industry standard.

Overview
An overview of Pro Tools.

Reference Guide

Plug-ins Guide

Shortcuts

▶ Logic Pro X

Push your music as far as it can go, every step of the way. A complete professional recording studio for the Mac, Logic Pro gives you everything you need to go from first inspiration to final master.

Overview
An overview of Logic Pro X.

Logic Pro X Help
Online manual and help from Apple.

Logic Pro Video Tutorial Series (YouTube)
Get started with these easy-to-follow videos by MusicTechHelpGuy, a professional audio engineer and educator.

Logic Cafe’s Tutorials for Logic Pro (Text) (Videos)
Whether you learn better with text or video—you’ll be impressed by how in-depth Logic Cafe goes into Logic Pro’s many features and capabilities.

AskAudio’s Logic Pro Tutorials
AskAudio Magazine offers hundreds of tutorial articles on using Logic Pro.

Library Resources
Borrow these great Library items on Logic Pro X. Ask Staff for assistance with locating them.

▶ GarageBand

Incredible music, in the key of easy. GarageBand is a music creation studio inside a Mac—with a complete sound library that includes instruments, guitar and voice, and virtual drummers. An intuitive interface for creating your hits and share them worldwide.

Overview
An overview of GarageBand.

GarageBand Help
Online manual and help from Apple.

Brain University: GarageBand Essential Training (YouTube)
This video series from Lynda.com offers detailed breakdowns of every step involved in a GarageBand project. Perfect for diving deep into what GarageBand can do.

DIY GarageBand Tutorials
The basics on getting started with GarageBand. Simple video overviews of setting up, recording, and editing your projects.

Library Resources
Borrow these great Library items on GarageBand. Ask Staff for assistance with locating them.

▶ Ableton Live 9 Suite

For a new approach to multitrack recording, try Ableton Live. Its Session View is "a unique sketchpad for improvising, playing and performing with musical ideas, without the constraints of the timeline."

Overview
An overview of Ableton Live.

Ableton Help (PDF)
PDF of the Ableton Reference Manual (v9).

Learn Ableton Live 9
Everything you need to know to get started.

Selected Live Tutorials: Ableton
A wide range of tutorials from around the web that introduce you to Live’s amazing potential.

9 Lives of Ableton (YouTube)
From Point Blank Music School, producer Anthony Chapman walks you through nine lessons on Live’s one-of-a-kind interface.

Learn Ableton Live
Certified Ableton instructor Mitch Lee offers a faster-paced video course on building songs in Live. Free course enrollment; requires an email address.

Library Resources
Borrow these great Library items on Ableton Live. Ask Staff for assistance with locating them.

▶ Propellerhead Reason

Reason is easy to get started with, yet as deep as you want it to be. It’s the music-making software that helps you create, collaborate and discover with musicians worldwide.

Overview
An overview of Reason.

Reason Operation Manual (PDF)
PDF version of the Reason Operation Manual.

Reason's Propellerhead YouTube page
Basic and deeper tutorials, as well as artist features for inspiration.

What's New in Reason 8
Reason expert Mo Volans presents this online video course.

Library Resources
Borrow these great Library items on Reason. Ask Staff for assistance with locating them.

▶ Audacity

A free multi-track audio editor and recorder. Audacity's straightforward interface makes it well-suited for podcasts and other spoken-word projects. A favorite among open source enthusiasts.

Overview
An overview of Audacity.

Audacity Manual (PDF)
Online instruction manual.

Tutorials from the Audacity Team
Tutorials that provide step-by-step instructions for common tasks.

Beginner Tutorials
Simple, straightforward videos from Free Audacity Tutorials.

▶ FMOD Studio

FMOD Studio is an audio content creation tool for games, with a focus on a "Pro Audio" approach.

Overview
An overview of FMOD Studio.

FMOD Studio Support (PDF)
Online support—including instructions and tutorials—from FMOD.

FMODTV (YouTube)
A series of hands-on video tutorials from its creators.

FMOD Studio: Overview & Introduction (YouTube)
Audio producer Matthew Pablo presents FMOD studio.

Documents & Publishing

▶ Twine

An open-source interactive storytelling tool that's as simple as it is unique. Arrange your writing into any sequence, then let readers decide what to do next (think "Choose Your Own Adventure"). Use HTML, CSS, and JavaScript to bring sound, images, and video into your stories as well.

Overview
An overview of Twine.

Twine Wiki Guide
Get started with Twine's wiki guide.

Introduction to Twine (YouTube)
Clear, easy-to-follow tutorials from Twine enthusiast Vegetarian Zombie.

Developer Tools & Utilities

▶ Brackets

This modern, open source text editor for web designers makes programming code easy and efficient. Brackets allows you to quickly preview your project live, punch into various elements without switching files, and integrate smoothly with Adobe apps like Photoshop.

Overview
An overview of Brackets.

How to Use Brackets
Basic text-based overview on using Brackets to write programming code. Includes a table of keyboard shortcuts.

Brackets Course
A multi-part video course on working from CSS Snippets, a site devoted to offering web developers practical tools.

▶ TextWrangler

A simple and powerful text editor for writing clean, organized programming code from the company who created BBEdit.

Overview
An overview of TextWrangler from Bare Bones.

TextWrangler User Manual (PDF)
Complete user manual in PDF form.

Introduction to TextWrangler (YouTube)
Originally part of a university design course, a good orientation to text editor basics, and why TextWrangler is a good choice.

TextWrangler - HTML and CSS basics (YouTube)
Follow a programmer as he builds a simple webpage from scratch.

▶ XCode

This suite of tools by Apple allows you to create software apps for OS (Mac) and iOS (iPad and iPhone). Design, create, edit, test, and debug your app ideas—all in one place.

Overview
Apple's overview of XCode.

PDF Overview of XCode (PDF)
Complete user manual in PDF form.

How to Make an App (YouTube)
A video series that clearly explains Xcode’s role in the development process, the other tools it interacts with, and how you can use it without any programming experience.

Library Resources
Borrow these great Library items on XCode. Ask Staff for assistance with locating them.

▶ Away Builder

Described as "the missing link between designer and developer on a 3D project," Away Builder is part of the Adobe Gaming SDK that allows you to optimize your 3D images for the most faithful rendering in your game.

Overview
Away Tool's overview of Away Builder.

Introduction to Away Builder
A designer from Adobe demonstrates Away Builder’s power and capabilities in these step-by-step videos.

Even More Tutorials & Resources

More tutorials and resources for the digital creativity process.

▶ Music

Learn How to Write a Song
Step by step instructions on songwriting—lyrics, music, and all. Also has a great Resources section for songwriters.

How to Copyright Your Music
A very informative article on the ins and outs of protecting your original work.

▶ Video

Creative Cow
A comprehensive digital video community, featuring tutorials, forums and podcasts on many video production topics.

▶ Coding and Design

Code Academy
Free, interactive online lessons that teach you, through simple tutorials, how to build a website or an app.

w3schools
A free web development learning site with tutorials.

How to Build a Web Application from Scratch with No Experience
A tutorial from LifeHacker.

How to Build an App Using Corona SDK

Python.org

Official site for downloading the language package and all kinds of resources for this dynamic programming language.

▶ Game Development

Play Canvas
A free open source, web-based game engine.

A Beginner’s Guide to Making Your First Video Game
A great article to get you started.

Unity 3D Tutorials

Unity 3D Resources