Studio Services

Opened in March of 2017, The METRO Studio is an architectural and programmatic instantiation of a digital library in physical space. We offer tools and resources that empower our members to create, preserve, and share media assets.

Our activities are focused on the digitization, description, and presentation of cultural heritage materials. The METRO Studio makes the labor and the communities associated with archiving and preservation visible, legible, and accessible.

Our space itself is a platform for action so that participants can organize to create their own community narratives. Book a session with one of our studio resources here.

Audio Recording and Editing

Whether you’re looking to record from a soundproof booth or out on the field, we’ve got options to serve your needs.

Audio Booth

Our 5 x 7 foot VocalBooth Recording Studio and Sound Isolation Booth is a stand-alone, pop-up recording studio that filters out outside noise and improves sound quality of recordings. Equipped with ventilation, outlets, lighting, cable ports, and foam wrapped walls, it is perfect for recording podcasts, voice-overs, and oral histories.

– 2 Electro-Voice RE20 Microphones: These are industry standard dynamic cardioid microphones, with internal pop filters and an internal shock mount

– MOTU 4 pre Digital Audio Interface: For monitoring your microphones, adjusting levels, and helping you record directly onto the computer using the software of your choice. Each microphone records onto a separate track. Comes with CueMix software.

– Reaper: Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) for audio recording, editing, and mixing.

– Yamaha HS5 speakers: Industry standard stereo speakers that let you play back your recordings and mixes on an ideal sonic platform.

– ARTcessories HeadAmp 4: Head amp for 4 sets of headphones.


Non-member$50 / hour
Member$25 / hour

Mobile Audio Toolkit

Our audio-kit-in-a-backpack has everything you need to record quality audio on the go. You can use this kit in the field, at home, or wherever your audio ventures take you. It is perfect for recording oral histories, podcasts, voice-overs, and interviews.

– Pink backpack for carrying gear around

– 2 Sennheiser MD-46 Microphones, with traveling case and pop filters: These are industry standard dynamic cardioid microphones, with internal pop filters and table stands. They are popular with broadcasters and good for recording in the field.

– Tascam DR-40X audio recorder with 4 inputs

– Sony over-ear Headphones, plus headphone splitter

– 2 XLR cables

– 64-GB SIM card

– 4 rechargeable batteries, plus charger


Non-member$20 / day
Member$10 / day

Digitization Services

Create preservation-grade image files of archive and library materials with our state-of-the-art flat bed scanner and our post-production tools.

Flat Bed Scanning

METRO’s digitization stations creates preservation-grade image files of archival and library material, including photographs, manuscript material, documents, pamphlets, transparencies, and film. Our Epson Expression 11000XL Photo Scanner features a 2400 x 4800 dpi optical resolution and a 48-bit color depth. The scanner can handle original material as large as 12.0 x 17.0”. The 11000XL features 4 film holders for an easy way to scan 35mm negatives, mounted slides, 120 and 220 medium format transparencies, and 4.0 x 5.0” film. Additionally the transparency unit can be used without film holders to scan non-standard sizes as large as 12.2 x 16.5”.

Equipment at this station:

– Epson’s Silverfast imaging software (for better color management and more granular setting options than the built-in Epson software)

– Dell Latitude 14 5000 series laptop

– Widescreen monitor and wireless mouse

– Kodak color separation guide and gray scale (Q-13, 8” long)


Non-member$30 / hour
Member$15 / hour

AV Media Transfer Services

At METRO’s transfer station you can migrate your unstable audio and video media to digital, preservation-level files.

AV Transfer Rack

Our rack is unique in that it supports audio-to-digital video transfer, digital-to-digital video transfer, and audio transfer. The transfer rack and workflows were built and created by the XFR Collective as part of their partnership with METRO.

The rack in METRO’s studio has decks that can handle the following formats:

– VHS videotape

– U-Matic (also called ¾ inch) videotape

– Betacam videotape

– DVCam and miniDV

– Compact Audio Cassette

– ¼ inch Audiotape Reels

You will need to determine which AV formats you have and make sure they do not display signs of mold or sticky-shed syndrome before you come in for an appointment. 

Read the full AV Transfer Station workflow and documentation.


Non-member$30 / hour
Member$15 / hour

Media Migration and Recovery Services

Digital Forensics Workstation

The Forensic Recovery of Evidence Device (FRED) securely acquires data directly from IDE/EIDE/ATA/SATA/ATAPI/SAS/Firewire/USB hard drives and storage devices, as well as Blu-Ray, CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, Compact Flash, Micro Drives, Smart Media, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, xD Cards, Secure Digital Media and Multimedia Cards. FRED uses FTK Imager and EnCase for analyzing and processing forensic disk captures.

Both the Born-digital and the Digital Forensics workstations come equipped with hardware write blockers: IDE/SATA/SAS/USB 3.0/2.0/Firewire IEEE 1394b, PCIe.


Non-member$30 / hour
Member$15 / hour

Born Digital Workstation

Our born-digital workstation comes equipped with BitCurator, an open-source suite of digital forensics tools, and ePADD, an open-source software package that supports archival processes around the appraisal, ingest, processing, discovery, and delivery of email archives.

The born-digital workstation is a Windows 7 (64-bit) CPU with a 3.7 GHz Intel Xeon processor, 32 GB RAM, and a 2TB SATA hard drive. The following legacy media drives are available to recover archival data:

– 3.5” floppy disk drive

– 5.25” floppy disk drive

– Zip disk drive

– Multimedia and memory cards (found in digital Cameras, MP3 Players, VoiceRecorders, etc.)


Non-member$30 / hour
Member$15 / hour

Vinyl Plotter

Create temporary signage for your home or workplace with our vinyl plotter station.

Vinyl Plotter Station

We have a Graphtec CE6000 vinyl plotter that is available for our members to make high quality, professional decals for exhibits, displays, and countless other uses. You can learn more about how to use the vinyl plotter here.


Non-member$5 / hour
Memberfree of charge

Vinyl is available for $1 per foot.