TeenHQ Recording Studio

TeenHQ features a private recording booth where music can be produced, recorded, edited and saved. The studio is also a great place to record podcasts or other audio projects!


150 E San Fernando, San José, CA 95112

Recording Studio Hours

Available in 90 Minute Appointment Slots:

Monday 2 PM - 8 PM
Tuesday 2 PM - 8 PM
Wednesday 2 PM - 8 PM
Thursday 2 PM - 8 PM
Friday 2 PM - 6 PM
Saturday 10 AM - 6 PM
Sunday 2 PM - 6 PM

Holiday Closures

Who Can Use the Recording Studio?

The Recording Studio is reserved for use by library customers in middle and high school who have completed the Training Course. Up to 2 youth can use the room at the same time under one reservation.

How Can I Use the Recording Studio?

  1. If you’re using the TeenHQ Recording Studio for the first time, complete the Training Course. You’ll need to fill out the Completion Form at the end of the training. You will receive an email confirmation once you submit the Completion Form.
    • If you’ve already completed the Training Course and Completion Form, you won’t have to do it again.
    • If you are unable to complete the Training Course prior to your appointment, you will need complete it during your appointment which will take away some of your appointment time.
  2. Review the Available Appointment Slots and Make an Appointment
    • Appointments can be made up to 7 days in advance.
    • Up to 2 appointments can be reserved in one week, although additional appointments can be requested by emailing teenhq@sjlibrary.org.
    • A San José Public Library card is not required to make an appointment but will be required before entering the Recording Studio. You can request a library card at the time of your appointment or before your appointment if you don’t have a library card already by reviewing our Membership page.
      • A juvenile, student, or teen library card is required to enter the Recording Studio. eLibrary Cards will not be accepted.
  3. Bring your Library Card, Appointment Confirmation Email, and, if applicable, the Training Course Completion Email to your appointment date.
    • If you are unable to get a library card before your appointment, please bring a government or student issued ID.
  4. A staff member will review the final details with you at the start of your appointment.

If you have questions about how to use the equipment or schedule a reservation, please ask a TeenHQ staff member for assistance.


Specific equipment and software for the recording studio include:

High-quality microphone

High-quality headphones and external speakers

GarageBand on iMac

Zoom LiveTrak L-12 - 12-Channel Digital Mixer & Multitrack Recorder

Akai Advance 49 (midi controller for producing music)

Maschine Studio (production studio with paired software)
Currently Unavailable

Traktor Kontrol S5 (all-in-one DJ controller system)
Currently Unavailable

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