Midas/Klark Teknik recently presented Bucks New University with wall plaques to recognise the relationship between the organisations and their joint efforts to develop audio training.
Midas Siena and Verona consoles, plus Klark Teknik equipment including Square ONE Dynamics and Graphics units, are being used for live sound modules in the university’s BA (Hons) Audio & Music Production and Music & Live Event Management courses. The university has a 500-capacity venue for which students book bands, promote concerts, and provide sound and lighting expertise. The Midas and KT equipment allows them to experience a real-world set-up, with dedicated front of house and monitor consoles.
The university’s head of applied production and new media, Frazer Mackenzie (pictured, centre, with Midas/KT’s John Oakley and Alex Cooper), commented: “We’d seen a growth in live music on our Music Management courses which reflected global growth, and we wanted to reflect this change on the production side. We’re experts at providing academic qualifications, but it’s industry itself that knows what it needs from the next generation, whether it’s sound engineers, or for positions in R&D and technical sales. Students often think purely in terms of becoming a sound engineer. I would hope we can start turning out graduates that companies like Midas would view as someone who could work for them.”
Accordingly, the university and M/KT has embarked with M/KT on a series of masterclasses which are increasingly focused on digital technology. Workshops for student year students set to take place on 18 and 25 January will examine analogue and digital technology, and employ a Midas PRO6 to make a D/A comparison. There are also plans to involve staff, including Midas director of console development Alex Cooper and other R&D engineers, in the teaching programme.
“We want to look at topics such as the philosophy of audio and how you listen, and that ties in with Midas, who are getting more and more involved in the syllabus. Our courses also aim to reflect issues like networking and DSP processing which are ever-evolving,” said Mackenzie.
Providing a Midas/KT perspective, technical sales manager Jason Kelly commented: “Lots of other courses I’ve come across have an academic, theoretical approach, and I felt there was a severe lack of practical background in education. Graduates were getting out into the real world and hitting a brick wall. We are confident that with some industry input, certain students leaving Bucks New University will be a good fit for companies such as Midas Klark Teknik as well as for the wider live production industry.”