dBs Music school launches new live sound degree

It will include access to industry standard technology from the likes of Martin Audio, Yamaha, A&H, Midas and Avid
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dBs Music in Plymouth have launched a new, three-year live sound degree.

Designed by an exclusive group of top industry practitioners and experienced educational professionals, the new live sound degree course combines the latest developments in audio networking, digital technology and the most advanced loudspeaker systems in the pro audio industry. The skills combination of technology, science and artistry is the goal and foundation of the BA (honours) degree.

dBs Music course leader, Jim Parsons explained the reasons behind launching the new course. “Live sound has changed a lot since I started teaching the subject,” he says. “It is significantly more complex and there are new technologies such as IEM (in ear monitoring) and Multi-cellular Loudspeaker Array (MLA) systems from Martin Audio, which have revolutionised sound quality at live events. We therefore decided that we needed a full three year programme to produce the skilled, smart and flexible graduates that this fast changing industry needs.”

He adds: “Teaching live sound at degree level requires many very specific resources to be a success. These are things such as having a purpose built teaching space with room to rig equipment and make noise. Access to industry standard technology from respected names like Martin Audio, Yamaha, A&H, Midas and Avid. Industry professional tutors helping students gain commercial live gig work experience that is embedded in the course. It’s also crucial that there’s a guest lecture programme, which allows networking with industry experts and showcases new products and technologies. Other courses may have some of these, but at dBs Music we have the full package in spades!”



Manchester to host live sound school

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.