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Studio 4A: Ready 4 Elections

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NPR is abuzz today as staff make final preparations for mid-term elections. And an impressive transformation will soon be complete. Studio 4A has gone from performance studio to command central for NPR's special coverage.

NPR's largest studio and one of the largest recording studios on the East Coast, Studio 4A is designed for recording music. Its features include carpeted unparallel walls and ceiling cubes. Musicians of all kinds have performed in Studio 4A, some in front of live audiences. The list long and includes Placido Domingo, Dave Matthews Band, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Sweet Honey In The Rock, India Arie, Panic at the Disco, Nellie McKay and Moby.

But music isn't Studio 4A's only forte. The space converts to accommodate editors, producers, correspondents, special guests, a host 'stage' and our newscast unit all in one place. It's an impressive make-over that takes weeks for one special night.

Check out this behind the scenes look at Studio 4A the day before the election.

And stay with NPR throughout the evening tomorrow to get the latest election news and updates. If you're on the go, use the browser on our mobile device to visit NPR.org and check out our special election coverage.