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Training in studio and broadcast: What’s out there?

As the industry grows ever-more competitive, a consensus is emerging on the need for more comprehensive pro-audio education. We cornered audio pros and training providers for their take

PSNEurope launched PSNTraining, our dedicated online training section, editorial page and fortnightly newsletter, in June.

As our three-way vehicle to bring you the latest dispatches from the pro-audio training world, PSNTraining highlights courses, projects, online packages, demo days and teaching seminars and hosts videos, white papers and a diary to keep you up to date with training days and events.

If you think you can contribute, drop PSNEurope editor Dave Robinson a line on [email protected].

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The Academy of Contemporary Music is continuing its educational partnership with the Metropolis Group, owner of the studio of the same name, with two new Music Industry Qualification (IQ) courses which will run from the west London studios from January 2015.

The two confirmed IQ courses – in contemporary songwriting and artist development; and music production – will run over a 26-week period, during which time music production students will have access to [email protected]’s facilities, including the Metropolis recording studios and networking opportunities at ACM’s Guildford campus.

Alchemea, one of the world’s leading audio colleges (pictured), offers both full-time courses for beginners and short courses aimed at established industry professionals wanting to keep up-to-date with evolving technologies.
“Our short courses department is Avid’s premier European Pro Tools training centre,” explains principal Christian Huant. “We also offer Apple Logic, Ableton Live and FMOD training; recording, mixing and mastering weekend masterclasses; courses in music composition, music business and practical audio electronics; and an advanced short course about mixing in 5.1 surround.”

The 5.1 course includes up-to-date information and workflows regarding recent broadcast loudness legislation and is currently eligible for a number of Skillset bursaries – meaning audio professionals can attend at highly subsidised rates. “Enough to cater to most people’s needs,” says Huant, “although if we’ve missed something, we also offer bespoke training – so do give us a ring!”

British audio restoration company CEDAR unveiled a brand-new training facility at its Cambridge headquarters in May. Up to four students at a time are able to take advantage of hands-on product training that the company says will equip them to tackle audio restoration for remastering, archives and libraries; problem solving in post and broadcast; and forensic casework.

Courses are currently being offered on an irregular, ad-hoc basis.

Nathan Lively
American sound designer and engineer Lively’s first coaching programme for sound engineers, From Surviving to Thriving, launched with “six highly-motivated professionals” in August.

Lively says he’s “expecting great things from this group” on the 12-week course, which aims to combine the “best training content on career advice, job search, technical training, creative expression, self promotion, health and nutrition with valuable industry knowledge […] in a business coaching programme designed to help sound engineers, sound designers and AV technicians reach new levels of fun and cashflow in their careers.”

Portuguese From Surviving to Thriving participant Martim Cunha Rego says Lively’s coaching programme is “having a very positive outcome on my career and personal life”.

Prism Sound
In addition to private group or one-to-one training sessions and regular webinars, studio equipment specialist Prism Sound is known for its Mic to Monitor roadshows. Now in their sixth year, Mic to Monitor events consist of technical talks from various pro-audio manufacturers followed by a talk from a prominent mixing or mastering engineer on their experiences, tips and advice.

On the test and measurement side, Prism Sound also offers Design Workshop LIVE sessions, which follow a similar structure but “are more focused on the underlying technology and design process”.

SAE Institute
The erstwhile School of Audio Engineering, with some 54 facilities in 26 countries, is the daddy of post-secondary audio colleges. In addition to its flagship BA/BSc (Hons) audio production degree, SEA offers a six-month electronic music production course and degree-level qualification in music business, as well as other degrees covering film- and games-making and web development.

Waves Audio
Although, in the words of cofounder Mick Olesh, not everyone needs Waves’ training (or indeed any at all), for those who do, the plug-in company’s educational offerings comprise two editions of its Waves Certification Program (WPC): Waves Certification Program A and the upgraded Waves Gold Certification Program.

“In broad strokes, [WCP A] contains a Waves-branded USB drive preloaded with the PDF textbook, plug-in installer [RenEQ, RenComp, RenVerb, compression plug-in C1 and delay plug-in SuperTap 2-Tap are the included licences], demo material and a certification test opportunity,” explains Olesh.

WCP A – available as a package for each student with a discount for the university – can either be integrated into an existing class using the included demo sessions or used as a standalone offering. Upon completion of the instructor-led course, the students, who now own the five plug-ins, are offered the certification test through the Waves website.

This training directory follows on from our two-part studio/broadcast training feature. Read it here and here!