Note: This article has been updated with additional quotes and photos.
After three years of anticipation, Ottawa’s Digital Arts Resource Centre (DARC) is unveiling the DARC SOUNDSTAGE: Ottawa’s newest affordable professional recording studio!
In partnership with Debaser’s Summer edition of Pique, DARC, Ottawa’s non-profit, artist-run media art centre will be opening up their new sound studio to the public on June 11, 2022 from 2–5pm as part of the Arts Court Open House Party. Visitors can view the 600-square-foot video production facility, green screen and 13-foot-high lighting grid.
“We’ve been wanting a studio space for a long time. Up until now we had workshops, gear and editing suites available to members, but nowhere for them to film content, so when the arts court was renovated in 2016 we taught it was the perfect opportunity to build a recording studio,” says Emilie Azevedo, DARC’s Engagement and Mobilization Manager, in a statement.
By creating equitable spaces in the digital arts, DARC continues to engage Ottawa’s digital arts community through creative development, training and equipment access, all in the name of idea exchange and artistic growth.
“Our goal is for emerging digital artists to use the DARC SOUNDSTAGE with our gear, Digital Edit suit and the skills acquired in our workshops to produce professional media projects,” says the Studio Coordinator Ludmylla Reis. “We want our members to take advantage of these subzidised rates and the rest of our resources to realize ambitious media projects and advance their careers, all in Ottawa, all at DARC.”
In the future, DARC will encourage artists to sign up as a member to access the SOUNDSTAGE. Specifically, through their Digital Artist and Expert Digital Artists membership, artists will be able to book this studio for as low as $80 a day.
“By providing gear, studio spaces, and post-production facilities to artists at lower rates DARC is contributing to closing the production gap,” Azevedo says. “When we put new media technologies in the hands of emerging digital artists we’re giving them the tools and permission to tell their stories the way they want.”
If you are interested in learning to create digital media, but are unsure where to start, training is available. DARC’s pre-production and video editing courses are available in the DARC member portal. Through the website, members can rent gear, book recording sessions in the new SOUNDSTAGE or in the Audio Recording Studio and edit content in the organization’s state-of-the-art Digital Editing Suite.
The DARC SOUNDSTAGE is located at the Digital Arts Resource Centre, 67 Nicholas Street (inside Arts Court).