UK: City College Manchester and MANCAT staged the five-day course earlier this summer, writes David Davies. Held at the Openshaw Campus, the training event was aimed primarily at young engineers wishing to break in to touring and live production, and addressed a range of subjects, including sound theory, microphone placement, FOH mixing, planning and scheduling, and basic lighting.
Lecturers at the event included drum tech/monitor engineer Baz Barrett, sound engineer Franc Le Monignon, guitar tech Bamo, record company owner & band manager Dan Thomas, and FOH engineer & City College Music Technology tutor Rose Durbin.
"The course went really well," Durbin (pictured ) tells PSN-e. "We had seven students, which I know sounds small, but they got so much out of it and it was really intensive! They had to run two gigs and tour manage themselves to New York and then to Toronto; they also had in-depth sessions on FOH, stage monitoring, drum tech'ing, guitar tech'ing and theory_ We also hooked up with Allen & Heath during the week and had a demo of their new digi board."
While Durbin says that the course will "definitely" take place next year, she makes a plea for major pro-audio companies to get involved and lend their support. As she notes: "We really need some of the heavyweight industry names behind us to push the course up a notch."
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