SOUNDCRAFT'S GOING LIVE COURSE GAINS WORLDWIDE APPEAL
Now running in its tenth year, Soundcraft's UK-based Going Live course is attracting delegates from all over the world, demonstrating its broad appeal and the lack of any similar training events.
"Last July, we had one guy fly all the way over from Seattle and he told us there was nothing he'd found like it in the USA. This year's course in March brought in people from Phoenix, USA, Belgium, Israel and Jordan. " said Soundcraft's Dave Neal, Director of Marketing Communications. "Everyone says they have struggled to find a similar short course in their country, especially one given by professional engineers."
The Going Live course is aimed at sound engineers working in almost any capacity, and with vastly different levels of knowledge. Soundcraft hosts the course in conjunction with sound company Adlib Audio of Liverpool.
"We try to accommodate as many types of user and levels of experience as we can ", says Adlib MD Andy Dockerty. " We start with an intro afternoon where we revisit the absolute basics, and that includes putting up a mic stand properly and coiling cables. Then for the two main course days we have some full-group sessions and also split into two groups so that we can tutor at differing levels. People are free to move up or down the groups once we've started according to how they feel their experience fits in best."
The sessions are all conducted within several complete sound setups with desks, mics, speakers, amps and signal processing, so delegates get the chance to get hands-on the equipment as well as listen to the theory.
This last course, held in Liverpool at the Liverpool Community College, hosted by Jonathan Hartley, saw around 70 delegates listen to Adlib's own Dave Kay (Scissor Sisters), 'Big Mick' Hughes (Metallica), Jon Burton (Stereophonics) and David 'Tree' Tordoff (Radiohead) engage in a dynamic and organic course, with engaging and open conversations between the tutors.
"Although we do set an agenda, it's pretty organic once it gets going and people start asking questions about their own particular applications." said Neal. "After all, each engineer has his own way of doing certain things and the attendees get to hear all of it. There's never enough time in two days to cover everything, and we do get people coming on the course again to learn more." The course covers PA system setup, microphone choice and placement, loudspeaker placement and system tuning culminating in a live band session.
The next Going Live course is planned for later this year and it is hoped to add new topics such as radio/wireless system management, and dates will be announced on the Soundcraft website. Anyone interested can sign-up to the mailing list to be notified automatically with news of the next course.
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