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JAMES, Prism Sound announce training weekends

Aimed at engineers, producers and all other creative audio enthusiasts, the training weekends will commence in May, reports PSN-e. The ‘Mic to Master Series’ is the result of a joint initiative involving Prism Sound/SADiE, JAMES (the MPG’s education arm), the APRS and the UK Screen Association. The two day recording technique, mixing and mastering masterclasses and seminars will run at various colleges around the UK, with the first taking place at Deep Blue Sound in Plymouth on 7 and May 2010. Guest lecturers at the first event will include Tony Platt, Al Stone, Simon Heyworth and Alan O’Connell, while Prism Sound, SADiE and Focusrite will be among the participating manufacturers. Each event will feature keynote-style lectures addressing specific topics, masterclasses with renowned producers, and listening sessions where participants can play some of their own work and discuss techniques to overcome specific problems. There will also be manufacturer sessions highlighting the latest technology, practical demonstrations to show how technology can solve problems, and forums where participants can question producers and manufacturing experts. Phil Harding, chairman of JAMES, commented: “This is a great opportunity for those who are passionate about music recording, mixing and mastering and want to learn more. These events give music-makers an opportunity to learn from professionals who are willing to share their expertise and impart some useful tricks of the trade. By holding them in JAMES accredited universities and colleges we are also able to fulfil JAMES’ remit of furthering links between education and the media industries, and make sure that many years of professional experience are not lost to future generations.” The cost of each event is £150 for the two days. A limited number of free places will be available to students from participating universities and local colleges. Those interested in attending should register early at Subsequent to the first event, the following sessions are planned for later in the year. Those wishing to attend can register their interest online. 22-23 October, 2010 – LIPA, Liverpool29-30 October, 2010 – University of Westminster, London12-13 November, 2010 – Northbrook College, Worthing, East Surrey College, Reigate19-20 November, 2010 – Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds26-27 November, 2010 – Glamorgan University, Cardiff3-4 December, 2010 – Abertay University, Dundee