Verso Studios at the Westport Library is an exciting new endeavor making leading edge tools and technology available to the community. From podcasting, photography, videography, music production and more, the possibilities for the community are limitless. Put another way, all you can imagine can come to life right here at the Westport Library!

Below are some answers to questions you may have about this new addition to the Library.

What is included in Verso Studios?

Verso Studios at the Westport Library is an unparalleled collection of spaces, equipment, and support staff to facilitate the production of myriad types of creative content. In addition to the Library's impressive Forum performance and event space, Verso encompasses the following assets:

Audio Control Room

Record, refine, and produce your next song or album, score your short film or step up your Soundcloud game in our professional recording studio. The studio is equipped for tracking, mixing, and mastering for all types of music and audio.  

Video Control Room

Multi-camera HD TV studio with options for coverage of live events as well as taped broadcasts and other content like interviews, photoshoots, You Tube content and more. Thanks to this control room, our multi-camera Forum space can also record everything from a keynote speaker to a large orchestral ensemble. All performances are produced with a live stream option while being archived to the Library's website.

Post Production Suite

Three on-site editing stations for refining audio, video, photos, and media content. The suite is loaded with basic tools like iMovie and Garage Band as well as professional resources like the Adobe Creative Suite, Avid Pro Tools, Logic, and Abelton Live.

Video/Photo Kits

These kits include a range of equipment like high-end cameras, lenses, lights, and backdrops that allow you to produce professional-quality photo shoots.

Mobile Podcast Station

A station with four mics for capturing podcast content, which "roves" to various locations in the library. Verso has two additional, identical podcast kits- one for use in the library, and one for check out.

Creative Kits

These include several styles of DJ gear, Mega Media kits for capturing content, and Vid Fun Kits, for versatile, adventurous, user-friendly video fun.

When will the studios and equipment be available for public use?

Given the tremendous amount of technology and equipment that needs to be configured, our staff is finalizing the necessary tests and Beta sessions to insure the properly configure the facilities for patron use. Patron use of our podcast stations has begun, and patron and pro use of our post-production suites and tv studio is being scheduled.

Do I need special training before using the studio and/ or gear?

In some case, yes. Some equipment will be accessible and ready to use by the average patron. For example, the Vid Fun Kit will be available for check-out to most patrons without special training.

However, much like our MakerSpace, for access to more sophisticated technologies and gear, there will be free training required before patron use. Be sure to check the library website events calendar for the next round of free patron training.

What is a Kit?

A kit is how we are referring to bundles of gear and accessories specific to one discipline. For example, the podcast kit includes all you would need to produce a podcast like microphones, headphones, mic stands, cables, etc. The user-friendly kits are designed to be portable, versatile and fun!

Is there an age restriction for use of the studios and equipment?

Certain gear packages have been designed to be used by our younger patrons as well as the general community. However, there will be age requirements for other specific equipment.

Will there be a fee to use the studios?

Most technology and services will be free. However, for specialty projects and extended use, we will have tiered access that will include a fee structure. For example, for extended use of the studios for professional purposes, we will have an affordable, yet competitive, pricing structure. The fee for our in-house audio engineer is required for all sessions.

Can I check out these items?

Yes. Some gear will be available for use outside of the Library. The kits that may leave the building are:

  • Photo/Video Pro Kit (Canon)
  • Photo/Video Kit (Sony)
  • Vid Fun Kit
  • DJ Classic Rig
  • DJ Controller Rig
  • CDJ Rig
  • Mega Media Kit
  • Offsite Podcast Kit

The specific terms of these check-out periods and user agreements being finalized at this time.

For more information, contact Rachel Pegnataro at rpegnataro@westportlibrary.org.

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