Old Lyme, CT (July 22, 2016)—Sennheiser is providing 20 each of its HD 280 headphones and evolution series microphones to the SoundGirls.org Live Sound Camps this summer for use by the attending middle- and high-school-aged girls during the workshops.
SoundGirls.org began three years ago following a panel hosted by Women's Audio Mission and Terri Winston at AES 2012 that acquainted some of the leading women in audio with one another, among them Karrie Keyes, long-time monitor engineer for Pearl Jam. Held four times over the summer in cities throughout the U.S., the Live Sound Camps provide an opportunity for girls to learn the basics of live audio from top professionals in the industry, covering topics from signal flow to microphone setup and mixing.
Keyes says the camps help present opportunities for girls within the audio industry at an early age. “When I was young and interested in doing something in music, I didn’t have any support or guidance at school,” Keyes says. “I found it very much by accident. But having the kind of experience we’re able to provide at the SoundGirls.org camps gives girls a chance to experience some of the opportunities that exist in the sound world well beyond what they might be exposed to in school. ”
Keyes and her instructors believe having access to the best professional audio gear is a key part of the experience for the campers. “I have used Sennheiser microphones and wireless gear with Pearl Jam for years, so by using Sennheiser equipment for the camps I knew we were giving our campers a true taste of pro gear.”
The first of this year’s five-day camps took place in Modesto, CA on June 20, followed by Nevada City, CA, Wilmington, DE, and St. Louis, MO. The curriculum begins with a look at audio safety before campers progress to learning the elements of a console, microphone placement, stage plots and input lists.