Whether you are creating your first short film or your next studio album, Studio 21c at Library 21c offers the tools to produce original, high-quality content for radio, television, the Internet or your own personal use. Studio time is by reservation only. A brief lesson on the specific equipment being checked out is available upon request.


  • Patrons must have a valid library card to reserve the room or request equipment. NOTE: Colorado Library Card users (cards beginning with a 7) may not request equipment.
  • Patrons may have only one Studio reservation and/or one equipment request scheduled at any given time.
  • If your reservation session will be loud (drums, amps, etc.) you will need to book the Venue as well.
  • Studio 21c cannot guarantee 100% audio silence due to the library environment. If you require a quiet studio, check the Venue and reserve it if necessary.


Studio and Equipment Reservation Hours:

  • Monday: 2 - 8 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Thursday: noon - 8 p.m.
  • Friday: noon - 5 p.m.

Studio Hours Only

  • Saturday: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.


Studio Space

  • 25’x35’ production floor
  • Pre-lit green screen
  • Black curtains
  • Gray wall


  • ManfrottoTripod – Legs: 546B, Head: 504HD (3)
  • Magnus VT-4000 Tripod System with Fluid Head
  • Varizoom Solo Jib/Track
  • Camera Dollies (x3)

Studio Cameras

  • Sony PMW-100
  • Sony EX-3 (x3)
  • Sony EX-1 (with teleprompter)


  • Arri 1000, 650 (x2), 350 (x2), 150 (x2) and stands
  • ikan 6”x12”(x4) and 12”x12”(x6) LED lights and stands
  • WiFLY Bar QA5 (x4)
  • A variety of lighting accessories: Gels, Scrims, Barn doors, flags


Live Room Setup

  • 35’ x 25’ Live Room (with 25’ (x3) curtains and 1 8’ bass trap)
  • 6’ x 2’ (x3) and 4’ x 4’ (x3) Movable Acoustic Panels
  • 16-channel Analog Snake
  • Furman Headphone Distribution System individual mixers (x5)
  • PA Speakers for in-studio monitor playback (x2)
  • PreSonus HP4 4-Channel Headphone Distribution Amplifier

Condenser Microphones

  • Audio Technica AT4041SP Cardioid (Stereo Pair)
  • CAD M179 Variable-Pattern (x2)
  • Marshall MXL 2003A
  • Rode NT4 – Cardioid X/Y Stereo Microphone
  • Shure SM81-LC (Stereo Pair)
  • Sony ECM-44B - Omnidirectional Lavalier (x4)

Control Room Setup

  • iMac (4.0GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7, 8GB 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM, 256GB Flash Storage, AMD Radeon R9 M290X 2GB GDDR5, Apple USB SuperDrive)
  • Scarlett 18i20 3rd Gen.
  • UBL Control Room Monitors (x2)
  • Logic Pro X
  • Adobe Audition
  • Audacity
  • Garage Band
  • UBL Control Room Monitors (x2)

NOTE: Patrons must bring a personal external hard drive to store all session work.

Dynamic Microphones

  • AKG D112 MKII Pro Dynamic Bass Microphone
  • EV RE-20
  • Sennheiser e604 (x3)
  • Sennheiser e609 (x2)
  • Shure SM 57 (5)
  • Shure SM 58 (5)

Ribbon Microphones

  • Cascade Fat Head (Stereo Pair) (Passive)

Shotgun Microphones

  • Audio Technica 835B
  • Sennheiser ME-66
  • Sennheiser ME-67

Voiceover/Isolation Booth Setup

  • 7’x8’x7’ Sound Isolation Booth
  • Audio Technica 4033a Condenser Microphone with Pop Filter and SE Electronics Sound
  • Reflexion Filter PRO Acoustic Absorber
  • Zoom H4n Pro Recorder


Equipment Check-Out Request Form

The following equipment can be reserved for up to 7 days. Reservations must be made at least 2 business days in advance.
Tier 1

  • HD Camera Kit: Sony HXR-NX30 camcorder, Sennheiser HD 280 Pro headphones
  • 4K Camera Kit: Sony HXR-NX80 camcorder , Sony MDR-7506 Pro headphones

Tier 2

  • GoPro Hero4
  • GoPro Hero3
  • Nikon D3300 DSLR camera
  • Ikan bi-color LED 3-light kit
  • Dracast variable color LED 3-light kit
  • H4n Zoom Kit: with 16G SD card, remote control and accessories
  • Sony EC-44B omnidirectional lavalier microphone
  • Audio Technica Wireless Mic Kit: includes 2 lapel mics
  • Boom Microphone Kit: Includes Sennheiser MKE 600 microphone, boom pole, 25ft XLR cable, XLR to 1/8" adapter

Tier 3

  • 20' XLR Cable
  • 50' XLR Cable
  • Dynamic Mic Kit. Includes Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB USB/XLR mic, 10 foot XLR Cable 6 foot USB cable, Tripod Desk Stand, Mic Clip, and Case
  • On-Camera Light Kit
  • Magnus VT-4000 Tripod System with Fluid Head

Share Your Work

Studio 21c offers the opportunity for you to submit content for broadcast, web streaming, or for inclusion in the library’s circulating collection.

Donate your work for broadcast on PPLD TV and to stream on our Vimeo and YouTube channels. Email studio@ppld.org with a link to your work or to make arrangements to drop off a copy of your material.

The following criteria must be met for inclusion:

  1. All programming must have free and clear broadcast/webcast rights and will be selected in accordance with ALA's Library Bill of Rights and PPLD’s collection development policy.
  2. Content must be appropriate for broadcast, in keeping with FCC guidelines, and of interest to viewers in the Pikes Peak region.
  3. Content must be non-commercial as specified under the cable franchise.
  4. Content cannot contain a solicitation for monetary or electoral support for any organization or individual.


PPLD's cable channel, PPLD TV, broadcasts on Comcast Channel 17, Century Link Channel 8003, and Falcon Broadband Channel 75. Many PPLD TV programs are also available for web streaming via Vimeo and YouTube.

From children’s story hours to historic films, PPLD TV has avid viewers of all ages. Productions come from a variety of public presentations including concerts, author talks, historical symposiums, theatrical plays, storytelling, and world affairs programs. Studio 21c staff also conduct video interviews, acquire archival footage for Special Collections, create promotional spots, videos on public and library services, and internal training materials. The channel schedule is supplemented by programs acquired from national distributors and donations from local organizations and producers.


I am very interested in creating a video containing memories ( pictures and videos) as well as music playing in the background of the first half of year 2017 ( January- June). I was wondering if I can get some assistance with doing this in the month of June.

Thank you- Lisa Erewa.

Hi Lisa,

We'd be happy to help you get started with your editing project. Please email studio@ppld.org, and someone will arrange for an editing lesson either through a class or one-on-one.


Hello. If you would like to edit a video, I suggest that you use on of the creative cloud computers at Make II.

I am making a Celebration of Life video for my father and need to check out a video projector that could be connected to a laptop. Thank you for any assistance.

Are there any classes in audio mixing and engineering? Or is there an audio engineer available for reservation as well?

Good day and thank you for the question. My name is Roland and I am one of the staff members for studio 21c.
To answer your question we normally have 1 to 2 various audio courses offered in the studio each month. However, unfortunately, the instructor that normally teaches the audio engineering courses will be unavailable for the next couple of months due to him touring with the Air Force Academy jazz band.
We do not offer an audio engineer to help mix music but instead offer the training courses so that you are comfortable in doing so or if you have someone will to engineer for you and has a good understanding of our PreSonus board .
If you have further questions please feel free to contact me at Rclements@ppld.org
Sorry we could not be of more assistance right now but I do look forward to hearing from you in the near future, Roland

Can you use the recording studio to record instruments as well as vocals?
Thank you


We have the equipment at Library 21c and East, and the machines are generally available whenever the library is open. In order to use it, you will need to supply your own blank DVDs. Also, please be aware that the converter works in real time, so a 2 hour tape will take 2 hours to convert, plus time for setup. Please call us at 719-884-9800 if you have any other questions.

Good day. Do you need to also register a parent for the orientation class if you are under 14 years of age, or is that optional? Please hurry in response.

Thank you for the info! I really appreciate it.

Hello, is it fine if I use a SanDisk 32GB Ultra Class 10 SD card for the Cameras?

Hello, I am trying to make a reservation on February 4th from 2:00 to 2:45. No matter how much I try, It keeps telling me that I 'cannot make a reservation outside the room's hours'. How is that outside the room's hours??????? It has slots OPEN from 2:00 to 3:15! Is there a way to fix this glitch? Thanks!

Hello, I am thinking about checking out the hd camera kit, but I don't know the recording speed, so I have no idea what sd card size to get. Please help.

If you are planning to use it in 1080 HD mode then a 32 GB class 10 SD card should work just fine. If you plan on doing 4K you will need to purchase an SDXC card. Additionally, if you have not completed it yet, you need to attend the orientation class prior to checking out any equipment. If you have further questions please contact us at Studio@ppld.org

Is there anyway to use the 21C studio for a small photography project?

Yes, you can use the studio here for photography projects. Feel free to stop by our studio during our open hours to visit the space. See ppld.org/studio for details.