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    'Silent' Studio: A new jamming experience at library@esplanade

    The ‘Silent’ Studio at library@esplanade

    The National Library Board’s premiere performing arts library, library@esplanade, which boasts the largest music collection in Singapore, has unveiled a rehearsal studio, or jamming studio as it is more commonly known - the latest in a growing of performing arts services hosted in the niche library.

    At $6.50 per hour and with the high-end equipment (e.g. Guitars sponsored by Gibson) the 'Silent' studio provides, it is the most affordable jamming studio in Singapore, a real value for money for the budget conscious musicians. You can even record your jamming session for free, all you need is an SD card and you can use the built-in recording function on the JamHub mixer to record your jamming session in CD quality sound.

    No gimmicks! Can't believe what you are reading here, find out more by visiting the studio at library@esplanade or simply visit this link here for more information on this new innovation in band jam, booking details and equipment list included:

    http://blogs.nlb.gov.sg/epcl/music/silentstudio/
    Last edited by Chrom@ticism; 27-04-11 at 04:40 PM.

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    wah lao, this kinda thing why you reveal. now price sure go up.. haha!!

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    no marshall no love

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    feel sorry for the SG Goddess.....

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    I was wondering, what kinda SD card?

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    Any Class 4 SD card should do, the faster the better

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    Bad experience with the "Silent Studio"

    I just tried this place out. Just hearing about the idea told me that it would be a bad experience, but I cannot claim it until I have actually tried it. It is an idea that was conceived without any consideration for user experience, unless you count the Librarian as the user.

    My first clue that it will really be bad was when I looked at the connection console and saw there was no EQ, just volume. The next thing I noticed was that there was no differentiation between input sources, so effectively a bass and a guitar was going through the same un-EQ peramp.

    True enough, when my guitarist plugged in his Gibson LP, it farted all over the place. It was peaking at the slightest provocation. The same when I plugged in the Epiphone Blackbird (Thunderbird) there, instant overdriven bass (through what sounds like a 15w 8" driver), and there was absolutely nothing I could do, there was only a input volume knob, no, it was not a gain knob.

    My guitarist utter gave up on his sound and tried the provided acoustic and classical guitars there. Word of warning, when plugging in instruments, make sure the rest of your band members remove their headphones. Oh yeah, neither the acoustic nor classical guitar's jacks worked, but no problem, they sounded pretty good through the mic.

    Whoever selected the bass is utterly incompetent. It is Nikki Sixx's Epiphone Blackbird, anyone familiar with the instrument would know it has no volume or tone knobs, only an on-off switch. Anyone familiar with playing a Thunderbird sitting down also knows that you don't. I know it is likely to be sponsored by Gibson, but they could have at least provided an Epiphone EB-3 which is more ergonomically designed for sitting down. Oh yeah, the instruments are not setup. I could fly a jumbo jet under those strings.

    The sound problems might be solved if you brought your own amp head with an XLR. That is what I would suggest to the people who manage the studio. Even the cheapest amp XLR out would be better than whatever preamp or lack thereof in that device.

    My drummer thoroughly enjoyed himself. The Roland electronic drumset was one of the top of the line models. It sounded great and played great. My singer too enjoyed herself, the clarity of the drums and vocals straight to headphones is great.

    Shhhh. This is a Librarian's idea of a jamming studio. Did not sound like a good idea on paper, is not a good idea in practice. It is at best a gimmick, and at worse a white elephant and hopefully not too big a waste of our tax-payer's money. Definitely a marketing mistake by Gibson. If I was to judge the Epiphones based on what I heard through those headphones, I would not buy one.

    It is pretty reasonably priced at $6.50. Any more and I would cry daylight robbery. I think the ideal use of the place is one for acoustic jam (sans bass, unless you like your acoustic jams with constant bass overdrive), or a fairly cheap place to do song writing. Since no one else uses the place, you could potentially block book it for hours.

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    Thanks for the thorough review. You should consider writing in to them as, like you said, the sponsor most likely just dropped off the guitars without testing/setup and the people running the place are librarians first and not musicians either.

    I'll probably still go and try it out considering the low cost and the novelty factor. Maybe bringing my own DI/EQ might help.
    Last edited by carboxymoron; 31-05-11 at 03:44 PM.

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    yea, i know they have no amps there, i would guess that my pod hd direct into it would be perfect just like what i usually do studios and for live. i'm aware that many people are not familiar with such ampless setups. but yes will definitely need a amp and a cab simulator for the inputs. both for bass and for guitars.

    the cheapest you can go is the vox amplugs, but i don't have very good reviews for that. =P

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    I think the problem with the place is that unlike most jamming studios, it's run by people who know how to maintain their in-house instruments.
    so this adds a reasonable (financially) compromise of the usual jamming rate of $16-$18/hr , having a -$10 discount for hiring someone who does these stuff.

    the other thing is, I thought Jamhub mixer had its own cab simulation, so it really is just a pure direct input mixer which is pretty pointless for the guitarist and bassist because for those who are familiar with DIed raw sounds, it really is as raw as salmon sushi. those expecting smoked or deepfried will be disappointed.

    so those who would gain the most out of this gotta have at least any digital pedal with cab simulation unless you're playing clean and also some decent knowledge of digital recording setups to get the best sound worth possible and I assume it would work well something like that if "live mixed balances properly" , using my audio interface + DAW as a "Jamhub"



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