It’s been a challenging term so far in many ways, but we’re continuing with our blended learning approach and it is working really well. Some content can be delivered online in a live webinar format (we’re not into pre-recording them) whilst some of the more practical sessions are still delivered in person. We’ve adapted one of our teaching spaces and installed another new Audient mixing desk with roving cameras so we can safely demonstrate studio recording techniques to groups of around 10 students. They then move into the high end studio space in groups of 2 or 3 to safely do their own recordings, putting into to practice the theories and techniques learned in the classroom. Everybody is masked up, Mac workstations and all equipment is sanitised before use, we all keep 2m apart, and our hero technicians are running the studios like a military operation. They ensure everyone has access to the gear they need whilst maintaining the complex quarantine requirements and staggered pick up and drop off times.
We’re very proud of our student community who have adapted remarkably to this changing experience are still able to keep high levels of creativity, energy and enthusiasm in their learning. And they are making producing some great music amidst all this!
Teaching today for the second year music producers has focussed on advanced synthesis. The students have been building their own synths from the backend up using Reaktor. Well done Dave Young for guiding them through this complex process and leading to some highly original and creative new synth instruments.