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Re: Would you pay a yearly sub to join a gear lending library?

Post by supersuper » Tue Sep 15, 2020 10:40 pm

Honestly there are so many scammers out there you are going to get driven out of business really quickly.

You would be better off opening a shop that hosts a large library of synths that people can pay to noodle with on an hourly basis, and have some private sound proofed spaces where they can take the gear to record with.

You could also run a synth brokerage out of such a space and rent (for take out) to trusted artists, recording studios or record labels.

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Post by blakeq » Tue Sep 15, 2020 10:57 pm

For those in Portland Oregon area...

https://s1portland.com/synth-library/

Don’t get to take it home though...

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Re: Would you pay a yearly sub to join a gear lending library?

Post by carbonhazard » Wed Sep 16, 2020 2:28 am

I actually forgot the public library, which is funny since I work there, but Helsinki City Library has a new central library that has a free studio room for use free of charge. Here's what's available (as well as a fully kitted studio):

Moog One 8
Korg Prologue 16
Make Noise 0-Coast
Doepfer modular eurorack system
Nord Stage 3
Maschine mikro mk2
Arturia Beatstep pro
Arturia minilab mk2

Kumu Oodi Custom-drumset
Orange Rocker 32
Dave Smith Instruments OB-6
Mesa Boogie Recto-Verb 25
Laney AH300
Ampeg BA-115
Ossi Percussion congas
Ossi Percussion bongos
JBL Series 7 speakers & amp
RME Fireface UFX+

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Re: Would you pay a yearly sub to join a gear lending library?

Post by naturligfunktion » Wed Sep 16, 2020 3:01 am

carbonhazard wrote:
Wed Sep 16, 2020 2:28 am
I actually forgot the public library, which is funny since I work there, but Helsinki City Library has a new central library that has a free studio room for use free of charge. Here's what's available (as well as a fully kitted studio)
There are some free studios here in Gothenburg, Sweden as well - I used one a lot back in the day when I didn't have any monitors (or gear at all) at home. They are good for those who want to dip their toes into music but maybe doesn't want to invest a huge chunk of money into it right away. It's nice, but I personally stopped going when I started to get my own studio at home. With all that said, our studio never had such cool things as your library (Finland wins again :hihi: )

Back on topic: Many music stores usually has some sort of deal where you can get something as a loan (or maybe for rent is a better term). If you need a guitar amp only during a weekend, for example. I only wished that more stores sold synths here in Gothenburg. I like to play things before I buy them, and it help with the GAS (as pointed out by others). For some reason, the stores here have a Moog Sub 37, some weird Nord synth that cost a fortune and a gazillion midi-keyboards that are never plugged in to any interface and thats it

I would really like to rent synths/pedals if there is something specific I need just for a few days, but I wouldn't pay a monthly fee for a subscription.

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Re: Would you pay a yearly sub to join a gear lending library?

Post by carbonhazard » Wed Sep 16, 2020 4:00 am

naturligfunktion wrote:
Wed Sep 16, 2020 3:01 am
carbonhazard wrote:
Wed Sep 16, 2020 2:28 am
I actually forgot the public library, which is funny since I work there, but Helsinki City Library has a new central library that has a free studio room for use free of charge. Here's what's available (as well as a fully kitted studio)
There are some free studios here in Gothenburg, Sweden as well - I used one a lot back in the day when I didn't have any monitors (or gear at all) at home. They are good for those who want to dip their toes into music but maybe doesn't want to invest a huge chunk of money into it right away. It's nice, but I personally stopped going when I started to get my own studio at home. With all that said, our studio never had such cool things as your library (Finland wins again :hihi: )
Yeah same, I haven't even been there since I have pretty much everything I need (if not want) at home, although their modular setup is really nice and I could see myself reserving it for a full day just to play with it. The studio is also super useful if you're making an album at home and just need want something extra, like to use their amps or synths or a good drum kit.

That said I would love for us to loan out pedals or synths, but I fear it's impossible since we don't really have time for maintenance.

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Post by Red Electric Rainbow » Wed Sep 16, 2020 6:17 am

carbonhazard wrote:
Wed Sep 16, 2020 2:28 am
I actually forgot the public library, which is funny since I work there, but Helsinki City Library has a new central library that has a free studio room for use free of charge. Here's what's available (as well as a fully kitted studio):

Moog One 8
Korg Prologue 16
Make Noise 0-Coast
Doepfer modular eurorack system
Nord Stage 3
Maschine mikro mk2
Arturia Beatstep pro
Arturia minilab mk2

Kumu Oodi Custom-drumset
Orange Rocker 32
Dave Smith Instruments OB-6
Mesa Boogie Recto-Verb 25
Laney AH300
Ampeg BA-115
Ossi Percussion congas
Ossi Percussion bongos
JBL Series 7 speakers & amp
RME Fireface UFX+

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wtf wow. our library just has books.
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Re: Would you pay a yearly sub to join a gear lending library?

Post by grizzleb » Wed Sep 16, 2020 7:09 am

Yeah our libraries are even being gutted of their books... Vote against neoliberalism!

I often wonder what people would say if libraries were a new idea "and who is going to PAY for all these books???" "my tax dollars going to provide freeloaders with information??! Pay for it like everyone else!!" :bang: :bang:

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Post by Licudi » Wed Sep 16, 2020 7:34 am

Musicians should stick to making music. Leave the rest to adults.

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Post by th0mas » Wed Sep 16, 2020 7:50 am

Red Electric Rainbow wrote:
Wed Sep 16, 2020 6:17 am
wtf wow. our library just has books.
So, I looked it up for you because people's misunderstanding of their library offerings is extremely common.

Chicago public libraries also have (in non-covid times) piano rehearsal spaces

https://www.chipublib.org/faq/music-practice-rooms/

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Re: Would you pay a yearly sub to join a gear lending library?

Post by Red Electric Rainbow » Wed Sep 16, 2020 8:29 am

th0mas wrote:
Wed Sep 16, 2020 7:50 am
Red Electric Rainbow wrote:
Wed Sep 16, 2020 6:17 am
wtf wow. our library just has books.
So, I looked it up for you because people's misunderstanding of their library offerings is extremely common.

Chicago public libraries also have (in non-covid times) piano rehearsal spaces

https://www.chipublib.org/faq/music-practice-rooms/
not quite the same as a Moog One though is it? I dont have much use for a piano rehearsal space.

You forgot to mention I can “check-out” a day pass to local institutions like museums, but Im fortunate enough to be able to afford admission so its best to keep those available for those who cant.
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Post by carbonhazard » Thu Sep 17, 2020 1:53 am

There's also a makerspace area in that library with 3D-printers, a high resolution printer that can print up to a2 size, vinyl press to make prints for clothing, the aforementioned studio space and an electronic workshop for soldering, a fully kitted media studio with computers, cameras etc. Everything is free to use or you only have to pay a nominal fee for the materials.

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Post by tioJim » Thu Sep 17, 2020 3:07 am

carbonhazard wrote:
Wed Sep 16, 2020 2:28 am
I actually forgot the public library, which is funny since I work there, but Helsinki City Library has a new central library that has a free studio room for use free of charge. Here's what's available (as well as a fully kitted studio):

Moog ... [list of amazing studio kit that's available for anyone to use] ... RME Fireface UFX+

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It's not even socialism really. It's just taking the money from fair taxation to do something that's useful for everybody ... oh no wait, that is socialism.
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Re: Would you pay a yearly sub to join a gear lending library?

Post by Jason Brock » Thu Sep 17, 2020 5:42 am

carbonhazard wrote:
Wed Sep 16, 2020 2:28 am
I actually forgot the public library, which is funny since I work there, but Helsinki City Library has a new central library that has a free studio room for use free of charge.
The library at Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh) has synths you can check out, along with other gear like effects pedals. Free membership to the public, you don't have to be a student there. Some items are non-circulating, like the Model D and Pittsburgh Modular system - but you can sit in the listening room and play all you want, even bring your own recorder. I've checked out a few cool things from them, like a Novation Bass Station II and several Korg Volcas.
https://www.carnegielibrary.org/services/music-resources/musical-instrument-lending-library/

The public library in my neighborhood also has a recording studio with some basic gear. Nothing to check out, but still cool for those who can't afford their own stuff.

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Re: Would you pay a yearly sub to join a gear lending library?

Post by carbonhazard » Thu Sep 17, 2020 6:03 am

Jason Brock wrote:
Thu Sep 17, 2020 5:42 am
carbonhazard wrote:
Wed Sep 16, 2020 2:28 am
I actually forgot the public library, which is funny since I work there, but Helsinki City Library has a new central library that has a free studio room for use free of charge.
The library at Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh) has synths you can check out, along with other gear like effects pedals. Free membership to the public, you don't have to be a student there. Some items are non-circulating, like the Model D and Pittsburgh Modular system - but you can sit in the listening room and play all you want, even bring your own recorder. I've checked out a few cool things from them, like a Novation Bass Station II and several Korg Volcas.
https://www.carnegielibrary.org/services/music-resources/musical-instrument-lending-library/

The public library in my neighborhood also has a recording studio with some basic gear. Nothing to check out, but still cool for those who can't afford their own stuff.
That's awesome! IMO libraries everywhere should start doing stuff like that. Happy to work for a forward looking library.

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Post by KSS » Thu Sep 17, 2020 7:37 am

Libraries 'everywhere' got the message quite awhile back. they've been shifting from "book depository" to "resource center" all over the world.

many incorporate elements of the maker movement with 3D printing, laser cutters and other 'HackerLab' type things, and seems that a great many are putting some kind of music studio together. I started looking into this several years ago when the FSFX modular at a Kansas? library was linked in one of the forums. Talking with librarians to see where they already were on maybe pursuing something similar.

Libraries are evolving, and it just might prove a more widely available answer to the OPs question.

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