On this amazing day, I decided to finally go on another field trip. I have seen post about this museum and I found it interesting so I decided to go here: Sony Wonder Technology Lab. This technology lab is amazing and I thought my last field trip was good but this right here was incredible. I did not have to pay for any tickets which I was happy about again because I did not pay for the last one I went on. Sony Wonder opened on May 25, 1994 and is operated and fully-funded by Sony Corporation of America.Sony Wonder

When I first enter, I have to get a ticket and a card to access the machine that is in the lab, ride the elevator all the way to the fourth floor. As soon as you get out the elevator, I have to log into the SWTL experience by setting up your account, including your name, adding your favorite color, musical genre, picture and voice


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The first thing I decided to do was digitizing, where I have to pick up this monitor which I thought was a microphone but it was not(Boooooo!!!!). I have to use that monitor to pass over a screen on the side. Then after that you that you can create your own digital fun with the picture you first took when you came in. As you see, I look cool in my nerd glasses, with two hearts on the side and changing the color of screen picture blue.WP_20140520_001



I do not know if you remember the phone that Zack Morris used in Saved By The Bell as a cell phone. Well in this picture you can see the white phone to it. These types of phones was the hottest thing before cellphone was invented. The telephone was first introduced in 1876, sparked a whole new wave of communication. In this society more than three billion cell phone users across the world send voice, text, photo, and video messages wherever they go and whenever they want to. If you say that is not true then you probably haven’t done it or your just lying to yourself. People do not even use payphone no more since technology got better.


The Robot Zone was very interesting. These robots sense, think and act just like humans which is cool. Program one of six colored robots equipped with light and touch sensors to determine how they act when they encounter other robots or conditions in the Robot Zone.  I did not get my favorite color which is blue but I guess green was okay for now.

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We have the Animation Ramp, where I explore illuminated display cases, and learning the five key elements that go into creating an animated film or video game: Story, Character, Environment, Visual Effects and Final Composite. So as you can see I have Hotel Transylvania( which I must say is a funny movie, if you have not see it then you do not know what you missing), and A Cloudy Chance of Meatballs( I can not brag about this one because I never watched it) but you can see the creation that the artist put in it to make it look awesome.

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I went to the Game Builder where I can create my own racing game, where I select a track shape and manipulate the environment to create mountains and valleys for your course. You can also choose the style and color of your vehicle and play the game you’ve just created!

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I decided to go to the High Definition Theater where they play a short film and the short film is the Sony Bravia Bunnies. In the film the creators are talking about how long it took them to do it, the enjoyment of it, and probably not getting it done. The film was nice.

This is the whole commerical of the bunnies in action

If you have not visit this museum, you should it is amazing. I also plan on going back there soon.


It’s a Cole World

So i went to a J. Cole concert this semester. The concert was amazing!!! J. Cole is a great performer. He performed a number of songs. These songs ranged from fans who recently started listening to him to fan who have been listening to him for years. The songs he performed were Power Trip, trouble, Blow Up, Runaway, She Knows, Lights Please, Kenny Lofton, Lit, Land of the Snakes, Trouble, Forbidden Fruit, Let Nas Down, New York Times, Crooked Smile, Work Out, In the Morning, Can’t Get Enough, and Nobody’s Perfect.he had a couple other artist come out and perform. Those artist were Bas, Kendrick Lamar, and Jay-Z.


















One thing i noticed during the concert was how the live performances sounded better that the recorded track. This came from how he had a DJ on the turntables, two back up singers, a drummer, a guitarist, and a couple violinist. One track that was noticeably different was the track called “Power Trip.” The recorded track and the live performace is below:

The difference in the tracks is in the live performance the violins can clearly be heard while they are not in the recorded track.


Overall I thought of it as a great experience from not just seeing my favorite artist but also hearingthe differences in the songs. In my opinion, live performances are more unique because of how much more effort go into the beat.

D’Just the Basics

For this assignment I chose to do a short field trip to my close relative. The main focus of this trip was to explore his DJ equipment. The equipment he possesses are a Vestax VCI 400 dj board and it uses the Serato DJ program. As provided by the Vestax website outline “the VCI-400 is the hardware solution for DJs who have been seeking an instrument that perfectly adapts to their style of performance. Shifting focus from integrity with bundled DJ software to any DJ software has made the VCI-400 the most versatile and intuitive DJ controller in its league. Along with it’s excellent potential for customizing control assignments, the VCI-400 and its ergonomic 4-channel lay out provides perfect control for standard DJ software operation such as cueing, pitch control, looping, FX control, track browsing/loading, triggering samples and scratching.”VCI-400

The VCI 400 comes with multiple mic connections, XLR jack, headphone jacks, all the essentials for DJ applications.


The speaker which we were using was a Electro Voice (EV) 15 LoudSpeaker. The sound clarity that it produces is top of the line. The dj program that was used at stated in the video above is called Serato. This purpose of this assignment was to explore some of the sound effect features that come with the VCI 400. There are numerous variations and features available for this dj system so I only showed a small amount of what it can do. One thing that I got out from this class is understanding specifications of audio engineering and equipment and how to use that knowledge. While I observed my relatives use of the VCI 400 I noticed that he didn’t understand the terminology behind some of the features or control on the VCI 400. For example I had to explain to him exactly what was actually happening when he would toggle between the LPF or HPF (low pass/high pass filer). This class gave me more knowledge into the dynamic world of audio and music. The video shows a miniature demonstration of the Serato program and VCI 400.




Museum of SEX

**So before you continue to read any further**, please just know that this post is very graphic in its content, obviously because of the place being reviewed here.  So if aspects of sex and body parts make you uncomfortable, then ignore this post please.  However, i would suggest having an open mind and read it anyway.


Anyway, I’ve always heard about the museum of sex, so i thought to myself, wow a museum dedicated to sex, that must be interesting.  Well about a year ago i took a psychology course and my professor brought it up and suggested that we should check it out whenever we have some free time.

When you first walk in it’s just a shop with a series of sex toys and souvenirs related to sex.  It didn’t look like a museum at all at first, after purchasing tickets, which were about $17.$17.50, but if anyone plans on going, make sure to take advantage of the $3 off coupon on the website.


So after proceeding downstairs, the host told me they have a few drinks down at the bar on the lower level.  After seeing the menu i was thrown off, they had teas with descriptions that didn’t even sound appealing and little diner sliced cakes that looked like they have been sitting there since the place first opened, and a few rum choices. The bar was also very dark and had red couches shaped like lips (photo above).

The photo below is very graphic, just giving a heads up.  Heading towards the first part of the attraction has a  long wall that has different sex phrases and there’s a picture to show you what the phrase looks like and there were over a hundred of them.  As i arrived at the next part of the exhibit i found a lot of displays to be meaningless and i didn’t quite understand.  I personally thought  this whole section looked very empty and unfinished as if it was being renovated and could use more displays.  the only thing slightly interesting was the “Sex Diaries” section.  You get to listen in on people recite their secret “sexcapades” on an actual phone


This next section was all about dolls, whips, costumes, dildos, etc.  I was actually shocked by the dolls showed below and slightly scared however.  I found them to be a little creepy, their body parts were so realistic looking.  It was also frightening to know that people spend a lot of money on these dolls to “have a good time”.  They also had a smaller portion of the dolls where you can touch the actual body parts and i must say i was highly disappointed.  All the parts felt like pure silicone and did not feel like real skin at all.


My overall opinion, if you decide to go definitely take advantage of the $3 coupon on the website, doesn’t sound like much but this place is not worth $17 so you might as well get it for less if it’s possible. It’s not that long either, i spent quite awhile here only for the sake of getting a decent amount of pics for my blog.  For a place that opened a little over 10 years ago they should definitely have more stuff in there, way too many empty spaces and slightly boring at times.

WCBS News Radio 880!


So I was excited for visiting the WCBS news radio station in New York City.  The station’s studios are located in the CBS radio facility in the Hudson Square section of Manhattan.  As for the transmitter, it’s located on High Islands in the Bronx New York.  The trip there was very exciting, minus the public transportation hehe.  But the ride there wasn’t too bad, took me roughly 30 minutes to arrive minus the 10 minute walk. I took the 85 bus to Jamaica avenue, then the J train thankfully the subway wasn’t packed on Saturday and this was a reason I made sure I left a bit earlier. But anyway, I’ve always wanted to visit this radio station for a while now and since the weather is starting to get nice, I figured, now’s my chance!  I just never really knew my way around the city so it took some time for me to plan this trip.  Well, it turned out great, plus I got to meet some famous anchormen.

Here is how the inside of the radio station looks,

This radio station has history, that traces back to 1924, since then WCBS has been known for announcing the time constantly every three minutes!  This was due to not all listeners of the station having reliable time devices and instead relied on syncing their clocks up with the radio station every day.  In addition, WCBS radio now announces the time on the hour.


WCBS Radio also has many sister stations including WFAN and WLNY-TV.  Some of the sister stations were not to far away from the WCBS station.

An interesting fact of this station is that WCBS has served as the radio flagship for the New York Yankees baseball team and has carried the team for some time in the past. (Site link below!)


Museum Mics and the muse of a Playful Piano in the Movie Theatre

Abstract of “The Great Train Robbery”

This is about another visit I paid to the Museum of the Moving Image. This is my fifth time having gone there. Three of which were related to an assignment in this major. However with the video I that I recorded, with a Cisco FlipCam, which can feel kind of unique since Cisco has closing down its Flip business with all the support systems, which it only bought out in 2009.

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l-r: Flipcam front view, flipcam rear view

It was very convenient for me size and time wise to capture two elements of the museum, which I could relate to this sound class. First we have the mics which I wish had better lighting, but it was a Friday afternoon and I wanted to get my info before they closed. The first part of the video was to showcase some of the old microphones they had on display.

However what I wanted to show, which I didn’t see anyone talk about on their visit there is the aspect of the movie theater. Yes there was a time when we didn’t have vocal audio and sound effects added to moving pictures. Instead a musical score was written and in most cases it was a piano player who provided all the live audio for the film. This really added another dimension to the movies of these times which were usually complete silent films.

I don’t know if there was a bench placed in the booth where the film is shown to give that authentic feel to as if we were in a 1900s theater where patrons actually say on benches, as opposed to individual seats as we are accustomed to, as I showed in the video.

Silent era films have always almost featured live music and the first choice of instrument was usually the piano. One of the first films to have his element of piano accompaniment was by the Lumière brothers in 1895. From the screening of their first film Workers Leaving The Lumière Factory in Lyon in Paris, which was one of ten short film screenings, piano music accompaniment has been a presence in the silent movie era.

Workers Leaving the Lumière Factory with piano music

From the time it was added to films music was recognized as important in contributing to the atmosphere of the film and also to give the audience vital emotional cues.

What made The Great Train Robbery significant at its time however, was not necessarily the sound that accompanies it, but rather that included composite editing (which is editing two separate pieces of film together), camera movement and on location shooting.

Abstract of old microphones at The Museum of The Moving Image

This video was just meant to showcase some of the earlier microphones used in the early 20th century. I know the video moves a little quickly and it is hard to read everything in the clip so I decided to list all the microphones in the video as follows:

1. Western Electric Type 1-B

2. Western Electric “Cathedral-Style” Desk Model, 7A, 1928

3. Siemens & Halske Ribbon Style #25, 1929

4. Western Electric Model 618A, 1931

5. Western Electric “Eight Ball”, Model 630A, 1935

6. RCA Unidirectional Model MI-3025, Type 77A, 1936

7. Shure Cardioid Model 555-556, 1940

Overall there is so much you can learn about from this place and what is great is that it is open all year around to not only get a basic look at the history of film, television and radio but you can really find some unique things related to media and pop culture there.





Sony Generation

My trip to the Sony Technology Lab

This trip was inspired by a post I red by ally4eva, When I first saw her post. I clicked onto the website, and saw the floor plan of the lab. The Floor plan of the Lab caught my attention, as it advertised a animation ramp, and the Animation Studio WSWL Production Studio Dance Motion Capture Interactive Floor, and a high Definition theater. The Lab is located in Madison street. The transportation I took there was on the N train, and stopped at 59th street. It is pretty close to the Central Park. The Directions and transportation information could be found on the website:

There is a store that sells Sony Products near the Lab. In order to go into the lab, you must get a ticket from the front desk. I thought that the Sony Lab would be a good place to bring small children, therefore I asked my friend and her little brother to accompany me. I decided to go on this trip on Saturday, My Friend, her mother and her brother accompanied me on this trip. After we waited on a line for around 2 minutest he staff led us into a lobby outside the elevator. The Staff gives us all a ‘identification card’ and starts intrusting us of the general rule of the building. There was no eating, gum chewing, or drinking beverages in the lab. We then took the elevator to the fourth floor. In the fourth floor, we are to make our profile on the card the staff had given to us earlier.

To make this profile card, we stepped up to the machinery in the front. There we have to put in our name, our favorite color, our vocal range , our favorite color and our prefer genre of music. After WE had added all the information into our card we can then go into the lab.

The Adventure begins:

As I walked down the long aisle towards the lab. I saw three machinery that had a 3-d image of a cell phone, and a camera. It was the first time I saw 3-d models without using a 3-d glasses. It looked so real that you almost want to reach out. And when you did reach out, you will not be able to touch or feel anything. As we turned the corner, We are then introduced to a wall of the history of Technology.

Inside the glass wall were the models of communication, from computer, to telephone, to radios. The time line started from the 1800’s all the way to 2007. This place was where I spent most of the time at, for all the models were very interesting and some even reminded me of the models I’ve seen when I was a young child, back in the late 1990’s. My friends mother went on to explain to me how she remember seeing a model of the Television. That indeed television back in the day are made very big and boxy, held within a wooden box. Television was considered very expensive back in the days, and not many people owned one. Today, everyone have a television at home. And most of the television that people own are rather flat, sleek and much more clear then the television back in the days. Compare to the images of the old times, we now are able to watch television in 780p to 1080p.

The glass wall also showed models of the old Nintendo DS and the models of old telephone. The telephone back in the days could be compared to a large brick and showed no caller Id. The wall was the most interesting part of the museum to me because of the history it provided. All the old models and the new models were like the evidence of my childhood to my present.

After I finished looking at the wall, we entered where I consider the game zone. There was a dark area where the kids gathered to play a game in a single table. I remembered it to be lit with brightly colored lights, but because I thought it was a kids only zoned I moved on.

My friend and I stopped toward the ‘Nanotechnology Virtual Surgery Robot Zone’. This was the funniest experience of the day. My friend had to perform a heart surgery on the screen, and she had to hold onto a controller that was a round ball. Instructions on the screen will tell my friend what to do to save a patient from a heart transplant? The first thing my friend had to do was cut open the rib cage, and once the rib cage was cut open she must cut incisions into the vessels and the heart. The virtual machine was so realistic that every small movement my friend tried to make it will cause tiny cuts into the vessels. Since this was the first time my friend had ever used to control the game, she accidentally made a lot of cuts in the vessels. And like a real vessel, the vessel in the virtual screen started to bleed. I can’t help but laugh as my friend made to many incisions into the vessel, and watch the vessel bleed from all the cuts. My friend mother declared that the patient was dying from the loss of blood due to the many cuts.

We then went to the third floor to experiment with the rest of the technologies available to the public. I thought the news casting room was very enjoyable as well. It gave me an ideas of what was really happening within the news scene. There is two screens on either side of the room, and there is two cameras in the front. The Camera are held into large white boxes with rollers in the bottom. I think the large white boxes are a way to secure the camera inside, and the wheels on the bottom made it easier to move around without causing to move shifting the image. In front of the camera there is a script, that tell the two hosts of what to say. The Newsroom looked very professional as it tells you when it is time to be on air. And when it is time to be on air, the dim light turns bright, as if you are really going to start to report the news!

I think the most exciting part for everyone should be the programs area, and the in the game builder area. This is the area where there is a lot of games to play. There are the games for the play station 3 and the game for the play station 4. Each person had around 5 minutes to play their favorite games There were usually a line in back on the person playing.

The last part of our adventure was the rainbow gem waterfall. This is where you walk up to a screen of falling gems and the gems will fall right on you. In a video, it looks surreal and I thought it was almost majestic with the effect it creates.

I thought this was a really worthwhile trip, there was never a moment where you can really get bored. I was educational, and fun by turns. There was really a lot of hands on program. I was surprised at how efficient everything was. From the long lines, to the fact that you can finish a game with nobody nagging you to hurry. I thought with all the free games,t here would be some sort of chaos. But everything happened in a very orderly fashion, everyone got to have fun. The mother’s saw the history in which technology evolved, their eyes literally lit with excitement when they saw the gadgets from their generation, the kids loved the play station,and the teenagers loved the virtual surgery and rainbows gems falling.

Let’s get technical!

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I chose to take a trip to one of the most popular music venue in Greenwich Village called Cafe Wha. Also, this is where I work over the weekends. While I was training to be a manager, I remember them teaching me about all the different task I had to do; one of the task that I had to do that I thought was so hard and took a couple messing up to get, is turning everything on in the sound booth. Here is a video of me going through everything in the booth. In the video you will see me pointing to something called the Rack, the tall thing, which is the main power for everything. It turns on the mixing board, speakers, amps and everything else on stage. Also, you will see the guitar players amps on stage. These amps are located right behind them while they are performing.

While in the booth the sound-man and I spoke about a couple things. The first thing he said to me was that sound is all about signal flow. Audio Signal Flow is the path an audio signal takes from the source to the output. Also, during this path it includes all the processes involved in generating audible sound from electronic impulses or recorded media. The next thing we spoke about is the Analog Console, also known as the Mixing Board. This is where the audio signals are sent into various outputs. The board allows the audio signals to be controlled, split and filtered. This is the central piece of equipment in a recording studio or live sound venue like in this case. In the process of the Signal Flow Chain there has to be a microphone line. This line is directly where the audible sound is sent to the Mixing Board. Microphones as we know from sound class, work as a transducer and converts the audio into an electrical current.

While in the sound-booth I heard one of the guitar players say into the mic, “Chris more reverb!”. Then I saw Chris hand reach for the Aux section on the mixer and began turning knobs. The Auxiliary Send provides a space for plug-ins to be activated. The plug-ins send the audio signals here and this is where he is able to do special effects on the singers voice such as reverb, delay or a loud distortion on the lead guitar’s riff. Moving down the mixing board he also showed me the Fader, this is where you see knobs going from the left to the right of the board. This is where the sound-man plays around with the volume of all the instruments until there is satisfaction with how each performer is heard.

I was a little confused about the Sub buttons and what they are for but I did a little research and what I have learned is that sub groups are assigned, this is a way to adjust sound levels easier, and to explain more on this, a group of microphone lines can be synchronized together so that only one knob controls them all. For example, the drums has microphones that are close to every drum and can be very hard to adjust each drum head individually. Also, in my video above, I showed the guitar-players amps on stage which also had microphones set up in front of them. This helps make the sound clearer and easier for the sound-man to manage sound levels from the booth.

Here is a video that I thought was helpful. This makes you see a mixing board in a simple way. Also, helps explain somethings you might of wanted to learn more about. The second video goes into detail about how equipments are connected and explains how the audio signal is being sent to the mixing board.

Overall, this trip was very helpful for me to have an idea of the Job of a sound engineer. It is truly a tough job because you have to understand everything on the mixing board to be able to make sure that the musicians are satisfied and the sound is perfect for the show. One thing about live music is when there is a mess-up its happening right in front of the audience and its the sound-man’s responsibility to fix it. Other responsibilities are having to make sure all the XLR cords are connected into the right inputs to make sure signals don’t get messed up. Moreover, labeling is very helpful so that the sound-man could remember which knob is for what. Finally, this job also has to deal with keen hearing or should I say close listening; have to be able to hear feedback during performances and getting rid of it. Also,  know when to use special effects on singers voices or guitar riffs.

Below are pictures I took of the mixing board. I have circled areas on the board that I was talking about above, and a couple pictures of the musicians on stage.






Let’s Get Mixin’!

At the Sony Wonder Technology Lab, there’s lots of different exhibits which you are able to explore. This museum includes different activities which teaches you about the different ways in which technology works. It gives a hands on experience for its’ visitors so that they too can be able to bring their ideas to life!


The Sony Wonder Technology Lab was opened on May 25, 1994. This museum is operated as well as funded by the Sony Corporation of America. At this time, the museum was mostly focused primarily on Communications Technology. This allowed the visitors to learn more about electronics devices and how they worked. However, by October of 2003,  the museum expanded including more exhibits on music, movies and even games. By October 2008, the SWTL introduced 14 new exhibits. This expansion gave the museum a better name. Not only was it about technology, but also entertainment. Today, this museum carries many different exhibits in which its visitors can partake in. Not only is it filled with lots of fun and excitement, but it’s also really educational.

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For this assignment, I decided to go to the music mixing section. At this station, I was given the opportunity to create my own different mix to a song sang by Alicia Keys. In June 2011, the lab opened up a new exhibit known as the Music Mixer. At this exhibit, the visitors are interactive with a virtual version of Grammy winner, Alicia Keys. She gives a little clip from her song, “Empire State of Mind” and allows the participants to put their own little mix to it.

Music-Mixer For this activity, I was allowed to choose from a variety of instrument tracks from different genres which included Hip-Hop, Latin and much more! After choosing the genre, we was given the option of how high or low we wanted the range to be. After selecting your new “add on” you simply dragged it out into the song so that you can hear your mix in the song. This was a fun activity because it shows you all of the different ways that people mix music and the many different options they usually have to choose from. When making a song, it includes lots of thinking and creativity just to get the song how you imagined it to sound like.


I really enjoyed this activity because I learned a lot. The most important thing that I learned however was to LISTEN CLOSELY. Sometimes I had problems in the activity because I wasn’t able to listen to what kind of sounds I was making. It made it extra difficult because I wasn’t the only one there. There were 5 other people also making their own twist to the song and adding it into the song. We had to work together as a team in order to make a fantastic mix, however our mix at the end sounded kind of jumbled up. Aside from this situation, the activity was lots of fun and gave me an incite of what it’s like being a music producer and even a DJ! I would love to visit the Sony Wonder Technology Lab again soon!

You’re on THE AIR!

For my field trip assignment, I decided to attend Sony Wonder Technology Lab. The Sony Wonder Technology Lab is an amazing museum filled with TONS of incredible activities to be involved in. This museum is free for all ages. Located in mid-town Manhattan, this lab teaches people about the different types of technology and how they really work.

filename-img-6252-jpg    When my friend Alicia and I first arrived to the lab, we were first told to “Log in.” In order to log in, you were giving a card which you had to scan on a computer and the computer then takes a picture of you and asks you questions such as your name and it allows you to basically personalize your own profile. After completing this process, your card is now officially programmed so that you were able to be involved in the different activities that the museum had to offer. Before conducting any activity in the museum, you had to first scan the card. After programming our card, we then set off into the museum to see what it was all about!


One of the activities which we did was “Programming a Robot.” For this, we were assigned a specific robot and we were giving an opportunity to program the robot however we wanted too. We were given different options of how the robot could react to certain issues and we chose how we wanted it to act. It shows the different ways in which robots think, act, and sense different things around them. This was a fun activity because I learned more about how specific a human has to program certain technologies so that it responds the way we want it to.


At another station, we went to the Animation Studio. At the section, we we allowed to animate our own story line. We chose a character and then we were able to control how we wanted to character to look, its facial expressions and even its every movement. After we created our character, we also got to create the environment. That allowed us to choose different colors, lights, and even the weather (fog, snow, etc.)


However, aside from all of the different activities, my absolute favorite was HDTV Studio Exhibit. At this exhibit, it was set up just like a television studio. There were 2 camera’s which 2 different people can control and there was a table and a few chairs for the “reporters.” For this activity, we were told that the cameras will have our lines which we were assigned to read. At first we was given a chance to rehearse. After a quick rehearsal, we were given the countdown on when to start speaking our lines because we were “on the air.”



Our topic which we talked about was on Polar Bears. We had to talk about how because of global warming, polar bears are predicted to become extinct in the next few years. We then had a portion which we had to pretend like one of the reporters was actually on site at one of the places and talking about how bad the polar bears lives are becoming. We then “went back to the studio” where we summed up our reports and talked about the different ways in which the viewers can help protect the environment which will eventually help the polar bears.20140422_111152[1]



This felt so amazing. I was able to better understand what exactly goes on in a recording studio. I now have a better understanding of what it feels like being on camera in the studio. The hardest part for me honestly was reading the lines off of the screen and looking into the cameras. It was even harder because I had no clue of what topic I was going to be talking about and what I had to say. I wish I was able to redo this activity again because it was so much fun. (Too bad for the long line and wait!) This is a great museum and I definitely recommend it to anyone who’s interested in any type of technology. I wish that my video of the final results from the recording was able to upload onto the website. The file is unfortunately too large to upload. But I do hope to visit it again soon!