The Studio

A studio space with two computer monitors and other equipment.

The Studio

The Main Studio has a 27” iMac Pro computer available for our members. The iMac has a standard OS X install complete with Apple programs like Garageband and iMovie. The Studio also has the Adobe Creative Cloud suite, so lab members will have access to industry-leading software such as Premiere Pro, Audition and After Effects. The Studio is the only station in the lab with Final Cut Pro X , Ableton Live as well as Logic Pro. The Octavia Lab also offers free software like DaVinci Resolve and Blender. Lab members may only use/reserve a single two-hour session in the Studio each day.

Rules regarding usage of the Studios can be found in the Studio Policy.

How does it work?

The Studio has software for sound editing, sound recording, podcasting, video editing, motion graphics, compositing and livestreaming. If you are trying to learn a new software, the lab provides the following resources:

Tutorials built directly into the software (Adobe CC).

A small in-house collection of instructional books.

A curated list of developer support pages.

Access to web resources/tutorials/videos.

Lab instructional videos on using Octavia Lab equipment.

Interested lab members may request additional information prior to their visit by emailing us at

How much does it cost?

Access to the iMacs and their software is absolutely free. Access to the lab’s software/equipment/tools is limited to lab members only. Lab membership is free. Some projects such as podcasting and livestreaming may require services not provided by the Octavia Lab, such as hosting. These services may have additional fees.

What do I need to bring?

It is recommended that lab members bring a storage device to save their projects. All lab computer hard drives are wiped between each session to ensure patron privacy. The size of the storage device you bring is up to you. Most lab projects will fit on a standard flash drive. Be advised that most video, and motion graphics projects may require a large capacity external hard drive. If you do bring your own storage device, please make sure that it is formatted properly. If you have any questions regarding which drive formatting will work best for your project, please contact the lab.

If you intend to work on an audio or video project, we ask that you bring your own headphones. There is a lot of ambient sound in the lab that may make it difficult to properly work on projects with audio components. The lab does not lend or sell headphones.

Lab members who are interested in podcasting or livestreaming will need to set up hosting for their programming prior to visiting the lab. Lab members will need to have the log in and stream keys for their providers handy if they intend to broadcast live.

Main Studio


Adobe Creative Cloud

  • Photoshop
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Premiere Pro
  • Audition
  • After Effects
  • And more...


  • GarageBand
  • iMovie

Free Software

  • Blender
  • DaVinci Resolve
  • GIMP
  • Inkscape
  • LMMS
  • Reaper

Final Cut Pro X

Logic Pro

Ableton Live



    27" iMAC

  • USB A: 2 ports
  • Thunderbolt 3: 1 port
  • SDXC Card: 1 slot

Yamaha AG08 Mixing Board

  • 2 Mic / Hi-Z Inputs, Phantom Power
  • Mic Preamps: 4 (via XLR)

Peripherals (by request)

  • Yeti Microphone (USB)