Makerspaces

What exactly is a makerspace? 

makerspaceSimply put, a makerspace is a place where you can make things. It’s a place for hands-on learning with all the tools for creativity. 

Every library makerspace is different, but you might find 3D printing, audio-visual equipment, hand tools, Cricut machines, sewing machines, and t-shirt presses. You might also find computers and computing devices.

A makerspace helps you turn your ideas into real, tangible objects. 

If you like to create, there is something here for you! Check out our programming calendar

Learn more by following our Makerspace Facebook page

Area 52 - Downtown Central Library 

Area 52 is a makerspace featuring specialized equipment, hands-on workshops, and open lab hours. The space offers the tools you’ll need to build your next creative project, explore new interests, and create something original. Visit us on the second floor of the Downtown Central Library to learn more about coding, robotics, 3D printing, music and video recording, sewing, t-shirt design, and more! 

Downtown Central Library
1301 Barcarrota Boulevard West
Bradenton, FL 34205
941-748-5555

Hours:
Monday - 4 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday - 3 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday - 1 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Thursday - 2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Friday - 2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday 2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Area 52 Recording Studio Equipment List

iMac with Garageband and iMovie

iMac with Garageband and iMovie

The iMac is available for multimedia post-production (e.g. video editing, audio production, photo editing, etc.).

- OS 10.13.6 “High Sierra” 
- 4 GHz Intel Quad-Core i7 | 16 GB RAM
- 27” display | Retina 5k resolution
- Graphics Card: AMD Radeon R9 M290X MB
- SDXC card slot, Four USB 3 ports, Two
Thunderbolt ports

Garageband

GarageBand is a fully equipped music creation studio right inside your Mac — with a complete sound library that includes instruments, presets for guitar and voice, and an incredible selection of session drummers and percussionists.

Tons of helpful recording and editing features make GarageBand as powerful as it is easy to use. Edit your performances right down to the note and decibel. Fix rhythm issues with a click. Finesse your sound with audio effect plug ins. And finish your track like a pro, with effects such as compression and visual EQ.

iMovie

With iMovie for iOS and macOS, you can enjoy your videos like never before. It’s easy to browse your clips and create Hollywood-style trailers and stunning 4K-resolution movies.
Whether you’re using a Mac or an iOS device, it’s never been easier to make it in the movies. Just choose your clips, then add titles, music, and effects. iMovie even supports 4K video for stunning cinema-quality films. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is a wrap.

Headphones and Microphones

(2) Audio-Technica ATH-M30x Professional Studio Monitor Headphones

The M-Series ATH-M30x professional monitor headphones combine modern engineering and high-quality materials to deliver a comfortable listening experience, with enhanced audio clarity and sound isolation. Tuned for highly detailed audio, with strong mid-range definition, these versatile monitoring headphones are ideal in a variety of situations. Designed primarily for studio tracking and mixing, they offer added features for increased portability, making them a great choice for field recording.

Key Features:
- Advanced build quality and engineering
- 40 mm drivers with rare earth magnets and copper-clad aluminum wire voice coils
- Tuned for enhanced detail, with excellent mid-range definition
- Circumaural design contours around the ears for excellent sound isolation in loud environments
- Designed to excel for studio tracking, mixing, and field recording

(2) Rode PodMic Cardioid Dynamic Podcasting Microphones

The PodMic is a broadcast-quality dynamic microphone optimized for podcasting. It has a rich, balanced sound, with an internal pop filter to minimize plosives and internal shockmounting to reduce vibration. 

Key Features:
- Broadcast-quality dynamic capsule
- Optimized for speech applications
- Internal pop filter to minimize plosives
- Robust, all metal construction

(2) Rode PSA 1 Swivel Mount Studio Microphone Boom Arms

The PSA1 is a professional studio boom arm that allows easy and precise placement of a microphone. It features an innovative parallelogram design that keeps the mic direction constant as the height is adjusted, as well as internal springs for quiet operation.

Key Features:
- Professional studio arm
- Ideal for radio, broadcast, studio, and home use
- Internal springs for quiet operation
- Includes both threaded desk inserts and desk mount clamp
- Supported microphone and shockmount/clip weight between 700g to 1.1kg

Rode RODECaster Pro Podcast Production Studio

The RØDECaster Pro™ is the world's most powerful all-in-one solution for podcasting. Designed to offer superb audio quality and expansive features while being incredibly easy to use, it's the ultimate tool for beginners and professionals alike. Featuring four microphone inputs with studio-grade preamps for recording crystal-clear audio, smartphone, USB, and Bluetooth channels for seamlessly integrating remote guests, eight sound pads for triggering music and sound effects, powerful audio processing at the touch of a button and so much more, the RØDECaster Pro is all you will ever need to create incredible podcasts.

Key Features
- The perfect all-in-one podcasting solution
- Four studio-grade XLR microphone inputs
- Smartphone, USB and Bluetooth™ channels for remote call integration with automatic mix-minus for echo-free audio
- Eight programmable sound pads, with eight banks available - load up to 64 sounds in total!
- Powerful onboard audio processing, including the legendary APHEX Aural Exciter™ and Big Bottom™ effects for next-level audio quality
- Record to microSD or a computer in stereo or multitrack for endless editing in post-production
- Incredibly easy to use

Equipment List

COMPUTER LAB AND CODING STATIONS

  • 10 Surface Pro Laptops 
  • 2 iPads
  • 2 Fusion Tablets
  • Arduino Uno and Raspberry Pi coding stations

AUDIO VISUAL EQUIPMENT

  • Behringer C-1U, Microphone
  • 2 MIDI Keyboards, 49-key
  • Numark Mixtrack Pro II, Digital DJ Controller
  • Sony XDCAM PXW-Z150, Camcorder
  • Canon Vixia HF G40, Camcorder
  • Canon EOS Rebel T6, Camera
  • Mevo, Live Event Camera
  • Fifine Technology Lapel Microphone
  • Dragonframe 4 + USB Controller
  • Zu3D Animation Kit
  • Minecraft Stop-Motion Movie Creator Kit
  • 2 Green Screens
  • Tripods
  • Photo Studio Pro Lighting Kit
  • Limo Studio Lighting Kit

3D PRINTING, ELECTRONIC CUTTING AND ENGRAVING

  • Ultimaker 2+, 3D Printer
  • 4 Creality Ender 3 Pro, 3D Printers
  • 2 3D Printing Pens
  • Cricut Explore Air 2, Cutting Machine
  • Cricut Maker, Cutting Machine

ARTS AND CRAFTS

  • Singer Heavy Duty Sewing Machine
  • Singer Esteem II Sewing Machine
  • Singer Tradition Sewing Machine
  • Singer Stylist Sewing Machine
  • Singer Super Elegance Sewing Machine
  • Singer Touch-Tronic 2010 Sewing Machine
  • Shark Automatic Euro-Pro Sewing Machine
  • Dressmaker Sewing Machine
  • Brother Sewing Machine
  • Montgomery Ward Sewing Machine
  • Elna Sewing Machine
  • Addi-Express Kingsize, Knitting Machine
  • Brother Lock, Serger
  • 2 Transpro Pro World, Heat Presses
  • K'NEX, Creative Building Toys
  • Freestyle Xtreme, Marble Maze
  • Picasso Tiles, Artistry Kit
  • Craftastic String Art Kit
  • Disney Princess and Marvel Crochet Sets
  • Lego Elves, Building Block Set
  • 2 Badge A Matic II, Button Makers

ROBOTICS AND CIRCUITRY

  • VEX IQ and VEX EDR, Robotics Kits
  • 2 Sphero, Programmable Robots
  • Mini Sphero, Programmable Robots Classroom Set
  • 2 Sphero Ollies, Programmable Robots
  • Ozobot Kit, Programmable Robot
  • Makey Makey, Circuitry Kit
  • Cubelets, Robot Construction System
  • Elegoo, Sensor Kit

GAMING

  • 2 Oculus Quest Virtual Reality Headsets
  • Nintendo Wii
  • Nintendo Switch Lite with Super Mario Maker 2

studio70 - Braden River Library's Creative Makerspace

studio 70 makerspace Coming soon!