Backstage Academy, a live event production educational facility, has negotiated a sponsorship deal with MIDAS Consoles, which will provide mixing desks for training purposes to the college.
Commenting on the new partnership, Miles Marsden, Backstage Academy’s industry partnerships director, said it would be a further boost to the sound component of the Live Events Production course.“MIDAS produces state-of-the-art mixing desks in the analogue world, setting standards on major tours worldwide throughout the ‘90s. They have extended this product format into the digital world with the M32 console. We are delighted they have loaned us a pair of these desks and DL32 I/O boxes for our students to learn on.”
MIDAS’ design goal in creating the M32 was to integrate the MIDAS sound with advanced modern technology to redefine and futureproof what a medium-format live console can offer.
Joel Perry, artist relations for MIDAS, who has known Marsden for 20 years, commented: “We are pleased to be supporting Backstage Academy with MIDAS products and look forward to utilising the space at the Academy and Production Park for training in the future. Having access to these excellent facilities is a real bonus as we help to inspire the next generation of mix engineers. It’s a win-win situation.”
The partnership continues Backstage Academy’s strategy to link with the best manufacturers and brands.
Jack Scarr, marketing and commercial director, concluded: “This partnership is key to the success of the new live sound engineering pathway of our Live Events Production degree course, which we started in September 2018.”