Producer of the Month – Kyle Duffey

Kyle is a graduate from Lincoln High School and has proven himself a skilled producer and editor. Having just signed up during the month of October, Kyle was single-handedly responsible for an Autotune revolution here in StoryLab! Working collaboratively with several producers, Kyle has participated in no fewer than four separate projects, adding his skills and talents to all who seek his help. In this thought-provoking video, Kyle rails against government corruption and invasiveness into our privacy. We Need More Real, his first music video at StoryLab, was produced in three days. Great work, Kyle!

Making Tracks with Studio One

A typical edit screen in Studio One software.

A typical edit screen in Studio One software.

StoryLab’s summer course offerings included a two-day audio production extravaganza, facilitated and engineered by John Hargis. On Tuesday, August 19th producers met inside the lab to learn about the exciting features offered by StoryLab’s new Digital Audio Workstation software: Studio One.  With easy-to-use drag-and-drop functionality and an incredible array of editing options, Studio One is quickly becoming a standard in professional audio production.  Class participants learned the ins and outs of various software tools by selecting an existing song and enhancing it with their very own instrumental treatment.

Day two of the audio production series involved a multi-track studio recording session from inside the Olympic Room. The recording featured singer/songwriter Ariel Duchesne and local musician Chris Meadors. Over the course of the day three country/folk songs were recorded: The Grass is Green, To Be Continued and The Old Cowboy. Throughout the process students observed the way in which many different instruments are recorded simultaneously and the unique relationship between artist and engineer as they collaborate to make the recording a success. This was the first recording course of its kind at Tacoma Public Library! To hear the music that was made go to: http://www.reverbnation.com/arielduchesne.

Glow

Video

First-time filmmakers Mary Bryant, Emily Anderson and Jennalyn Ponraj got the most of a one-day workshop led by Jason Ganwich. This video tells the story of the magic of books and how a positive attitude yields the greatest finds.