UK: A five-day live sound school will take place in Manchester this July, writes David Davies. To be run by City College Manchester and Manchester College of Arts and Technology (MANCAT) at the Openshaw Campus, the training event is aimed primarily at young engineers wishing to break in to touring and live production, but who already have some experience of shadowing professional engineers in local venues or of playing live. Subjects to be addressed include sound theory, microphone placement, FOH mixing, planning and scheduling, and basic lighting.
A long list of high-profile lecturers includes drum tech and monitor engineer Baz Barrett (Basement Jaxx, Doves, Supergrass), sound engineer Franc Le Monignon (The Streets, Dizzee Rascal), guitar tech Bamo (Placebo), record company owner & band manager Dan Thomas, and FOH engineer & City College Music Technology tutor Rose Durbin (Elbow, Doves).
"The summer school is a new idea to try to reach those engineers who do not wish to go to college full-time," Durbin (pictured) tells PSN-e. "The course will provide aspiring professional sound engineers with the knowledge they need to build a system from scratch and allow them to get more hands-on in terms of mixing and setting up FOH and monitoring systems. They can then continue shadowing with more confidence and hopefully find gainful employment. We are also holding backline and tour management workshops to go into aspects of the touring and live production industry."
Places on the course - also said to appeal to music management students, musicians keen to learn more about the technical side of live performance, and those interested in event coordination and music promotion - are limited to 16. The cost is _300 for the week and potential students can contact Rose Durbin directly for more information (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The two participating colleges are also keen to hear from pro-audio companies wishing to lend their support. "We have no sponsorship as yet from any major pro-audio companies, and this is something we want to address," she says.