Music Lab

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What is available in the music lab?

Inside the music lab is a variety instruments (Electric keyboards, acoustic guitars, electric guitars, electric bass guitar, and electric drums). It is  not sound-proof and electric instruments require headphones. The Music Lab door must remain closed to prevent excessive noise disruption from going out into the rest of the library.  The purpose of this room is to provide an environment where musicians may practice in an individual or group setting and where explorers may learn to play a new instrument.

Available Instruments:
(2) Acoustic Guitars
(1) Optimus MD-1200 Electronic Keyboard
(1) Yamaha PSR-15 Electronic Keyboard
(1) Casio CTK-520L Electronic Keyboard
(1) Ddrum DD BETA Compact 4-Piece Electronic Drum Set  
(1) Electric Bass Guitar
(2) Electric Guitars
(3) Amps

Kits including Headphones, drumsticks, guitar picks, tuners, capo, guitar basics book and cables are available for in-house checkout at the help desk. Musicians of all ages and levels of experience are welcome to use the music lab.

How long do I get to use it for?
You can reserve the studio for one hour per day. If there are no reservations after you or the person who reserved the studio doesn't show up within 10 minutes of reservation time, and there's no one else in the lab who needs to use the studio, you're welcome to stay an extra hour. Please click here or call 903-465-1797 to make a reservation.

Is there someone there to help me?
There are staff and volunteers present that can offer limited assistance. All of us can get you started playing - some of us can provide help on higher-level skills. For additional assistance you can call us at 903-465-1797 or emailing Please note: we will not record you or make beats for you - the purpose of the music lab is to provide you the opportunity to try out new instruments or master your current musical focus.

Can I bring in my own instruments?
Please do!  Just remember that all electric instruments must be plugged into an amp and headphones.  If using any other amplified instrument, you must get approval first before using it in the music lab.

Can I bring in my whole band?
How close are you to your fellow band members? It is a small space - about 10' x 20' - with just enough space to assemble a small group. 

Instruments Available


Terms and Conditions

You must agree to the following terms and conditions in order to reserve lab time at Denison Public Library Music Lab.


  • You must have a vaild library card in good standing in order to use the Music Lab.
  • Cancellations and changes to lab reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance.
  • If you are more than 10 minutes late to a scheduled lab session and do not notify the recording staff, your session is subject to cancellation.
  • Respect fellow musicians in the lab at all times. We respect all patrons and strive to accommodate your every musical need. However, we reserve the right to dismiss anyone who lacks any respect thereof.
  • No food or beverages are allowed in the Music Lab.
  • Clean up after yourselves and throw your trash away.
  • No fighting or violence is allowed in the lab. Failure to comply will result in removal from the library and potential notification of law-enforcement.
  • Be respectful of the Music Lab equipment and handle it with care. Any person other than the library staff dismantling, abusing, marring or damaging any piece of gear or any part of the lab will be asked to leave the premises immediately and will be subject to a temporary or permanent ban from the use of the Music Lab. Further, persons will be responsible for any other fines and/or penalties in accordance with Denison Public Library Policies, and if applicable Texas State Law.
  • Any theft of property either directly related to or indirectly related to the Music Lab will be prosecuted at the full extent of the law.
  • Each patron is responsible for their own equipment including any guest's equipment. In the event of a natural disaster and/or catastrophe, the Denison Public Library will not be held liable for any patron's gear or equipment inside or adjacent to the Music Lab.
  • Denison Public Library does not claim any ownership of material created and recorded in the Music Lab. Nor does it necessarily reflect the opinions and policies of the Denison Public Library unless a project is specifically created by and for the Denison Public Library.
  • Patron's are responsible for procuring permissions to use or record any material that is subject to copyright..

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Features Configuration
  • Tom pad(s):3
  • Cymbal pad(s):1
  • Snare pad:1
  • Kickpad:Yes
  • Total pads:5
  • Country of origin:China
  • Module
  • Display type:LCD
  • Drum kits:4
  • Sounds:170
  • Effects:Info not available
  • Trigger inputs:9
  • Line input:Yes
  • Headphone jack:Yes
  • USB:Yes
  • MP3:Info Not Available
  • MIDI:Yes
  • Training functions:Yes
  • Click:Yes
  • Memory:Info Not Available
  • Pads
  • Pad material:Rubber
  • Hoop material:Plastic
  • Zones:Multiple
  • Tom pad size:8 in.
  • Snare pad size:8 in.
  • Hardware
  • Rack material:Steel
  • Hardware pieces:3
  • Kick pedal:Yes
  • Throne:No