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Dublin Gig Guide: 10th – 16th December 2018

Dublin Gig Guide: 10th – 16th December 2018 Monday 10th Travis @ Olympia Theatre – 8PM (SOLD OUT)   Christy Moore @ Vicar Street – 8PM   Tuesday 11th Lily Allen @ Olympia Theatre – 8PM (SOLD OUT)   Snow Patrol @ 3 Arena – 6.30PM   Wednesday 12th Ocean Colour Scene @ Olympia Theatre – 8PM   Damien Dempsey @ Vicar Street – 8PM   Thursday 13th HamsandiwcH @ Whelan’s – 8PM   Ryan McMullan @ The Academy – 8PM   YG @ Olympia Theatre – 8PM   Friday 14th SPIES @ Button Factory – 8PM   Surgeon @

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Dublin Gig Guide: 3rd – 9th December 2018

Dublin Gig Guide: 3rd – 9th December 2018 Monday 3rd Kylie @ 3 Arena – 6.30PM   The Fratelllis @ The Academy – 7PM   Tuesday 4th The Coronas @ Olympia Theatre – 8PM (SOLD OUT)   The Waterboys @ Vicar Street – 8PM   Wednesday 5th Carrron @ The Grand Social – 8PM   Thursday 6th Kojaque @ Button Factory – 8PM (SOLD OUT)   The Blizzards @ Whelan’s – 8PM   Little Green Cars @ Vicar Street – 8PM   Friday 7th Skream @ District 8 – 11PM   Corner Boy @ Whelan’s – 8PM   Saturday 8th Tess

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Dublin Gig Guide: November 26th – December 2nd 2018

Dublin Gig Guide: November 26th – December 2nd 2018 Monday 26th Jem Mitchell @ Arthur’s Blues & Jazz – 8PM   Mother Reilly’s – Trad Session – 9.30PM   Tuesday 27th Jess Glynne @ 3 Arena – 6.30PM   SOAK @ The Grand Social – 8PM   Wednesday 28th Signal:Reality @ Science Gallery Dublin – 6PM   Mabel @ The Academy – 7PM   Thursday 29th Dreaming Of Jupiter @ Button Factory – 8PM   Wheatus @ The Grand Social – 8PM   Friday 30th Lauryn Hill @ 3 Arena – 6.30PM   Thumper @ The Workman’s Club – 11.45PM

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Black Friday Deals – 2018

That time of the year is here once again…the day where the majority of items across the globe are discounted as part of the Black Friday sale. We here at Sound Training College understand how precious money can be so we wanted to compile a list of the best & most relevant Black Friday deals we could find! Many places are offering huge discounts, so whether its a new plugin you’ve been after but was just that little bit out of budget, or if you wanted to pick up a particular synth that you never got around to, NOW IS

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Dublin Gig Guide: November 19th – 25th 2018

Dublin Gig Guide: November 19th – 25th 2018 Monday 19th Florence + The Machine @ 3 Arena – 6.30PM Tuesday 20th Interpol @ Olympia Theatre – 8PM Dashboard Confessional @ The Academy – 8PM Wednesday 21st Shame @ Tivoli Theatre – 8PM ZAPHO @ The Grand Social – 8PM Thursday 22nd The Coral @ The Academy – 8PM Friday 23rd Ailbhe Reddy @ Whelan’s – 8PM Dax J @ District 8 – 11PM   Saturday 24th Motor City Ensemble @ District 8 – 11PM The Music of Hans Zimmer vs. John Williams @ National Concert Hall – 8PM Laoise @

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Dublin Gig Guide: 12th – 18th November 2018

Dublin Gig Guide: November 12th – 18th  Monday 12th Courtney Barrett @ Olympia Theatre – 8PM Tuesday 13th Slaves @ The Academy – 7PM   Greg Fox Quadrinity  @ The Workman’s Club – 8PM   Wednesday 14th Deadmau5 @ District 8 – 10PM   VINCI@ Whelan’s – 8PM   Deacon Blue @ Olympia Theatre – 8PM   Thursday 15th Vance Joy @ Olympia Theatre – 8PM   Friday 16th Nelly @ The Wright Venue – 10PM   Mumford & Sons @ 3 Arena – 6.30PM   Saturday 17th Less Than Jake // Reel Big Fish @ Button Factory – 8PM

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Dublin Gig Guide: 5th – 11th November 2018

Dublin Gig Guide: 5th – 11th November 2018 Monday 5th Sigrid @ Olympia Theatre – 8PM (SOLD OUT) U2 @ 3 Arena – 6.30PM Talib Kweli @ The Academy – 7.30PM Tuesday 6th Anti-Flag / Cancer Bats /Worriers @ Whelan’s – 8PM Neko Case @ Vicar Street – 8PM Wednesday 7th Leon Bridges @ Olympia Theatre – 8PM Badly Drawn Boy @ Liberty Hall Theatre – 8PM Thursday 8th RAYE @ The Academy – 7.30PM Friday 9th Le Boom @ District 8 – 11PM (SOLD OUT) Bicep @ Olympia Theatre – 8PM Ansome @ Index – 11PM Ellen Allien @

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Dublin Gig Guide: 29th October – 4th November 2018

Dublin Gig Guide: 29th October – 4th November 2018 Monday 29th Stanley Clarke @ The Sugar Club – 8PM   The Chemical Brothers @ 3 Arena – 6.30PM   Jake Carter @ Vicar Street – 6.30PM Tuesday 30th Andrea Bocelli @ 3 Arena – 6.30PM   Elder Island @ The Grand Social – 8PM Wednesday 31st Halloween Fest @ Button Factory – 7.30PM   Kakkmaddafakka @ The Grand Social – 8PM Thursday 1st Slayer @ 3 Arena – 6.30PM   Martin Sexton @ Whelan’s – 8PM   Solomon Grey @ The Grand Social – 8PM Friday 2nd Vulpynes @ Whelan’s

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Dublin Gig Guide: 22nd – 28th October 2018

Dublin Gig Guide: 22nd – 28th October 2018 Monday 22nd Bloc Party @ 3 Arena – 6.30PM   IDLES @ Button Factory – 8PM (SOLD OUT)   Tuesday 23rd First Aid Kit @ Olympia Theatre – 8PM (SOLD OUT)   Grace Carter @ The Sugar Club – 8PM Wednesday 24th Freya Ridings @ Tivoli Theatre – 8PM   David Byrne @ 3 Arena – 6.30PM   Thursday 25th Jeff Lyne’s ELO @ 3 Arena – 6.30PM   Elderbrook @ The Academy (Green Room) – 8PM Friday 26th Leila Jane @ Whelan’s – 8PM   Hot Since ’82 @ District 8 – 11PM

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Dublin Gig Guide: 15th – 21st October 2018

Dublin Gig Guide: October 15th – 21st Monday 15th Alt-J @ Olympia Theatre – 7PM Tuesday 16th Editors @ Vicar Street – 8PM Wednesday 17th Dream Wife @ Whelan’s – 8PM Low w/ Katie Kim @ Vicar Street – 8PM Thursday 18th Jon Hopkins @ Vicar Street – 8PM Harlem Gospel Choir @ Olympia Theatre – 8PM   Friday 19th Camelphat @ District 8 – 11PM   Paul Woolford @ Opium – 11PM   Teleman @ Whelan’s – 8PM   Saturday 20th Beach House @ Vicar Street – 8PM   Clap Your Hands Say Yeah! @ Button Factory – 8PM

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Dublin Gig Guide: 8th – 14th October 2018

Dublin Gig Guide: 8th -14th October 2018 Monday 8th Pale Waves @ The Academy – 8PM Tuesday 9th Anthony D’Amato @ Whelan’s – 8PM   Enslaved & High On Fire @ Tivoli Theatre – 8PM Wednesday 10th The Rumjacks @ Whelan’s – 8PM Bodhi (DJ set) @ Wigwam – 11PM Thursday 11th Saint Sister @ Olympia Theatre – 8PM   James Holden & The Animal Spirits @ The Sugar Club – 8PM   Tom Walker @ The Academy – 8PM Friday 12th Jeff Mills @ District 8 – 11PM   Echo & The Bunnymen – Olympia Theatre – 7PM  

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Dublin Gig Guide: 1st – 7th October 2018

              Dublin Gig Guide: 1st – 7th October 2018 Monday 1st Vulpeck @ Olympia Theatre – 8PM Ólafur Arnalds @ National Concert Hall – 8PM   Tuesday 2nd Crowbar @ Voodoo Lounge – 8PM   Wednesday 3rd Fatherson @ Whelan’s – 8PM Westerman @ Whelan’s (Upstairs) – 8PM Thursday 4th The Hot Sprockets @ The Bowery – 8PM Lane 8 @ Index – 11PM Friday 5th I Hate Models @ District 8 – 11PM Bagatelle @ Vicar Street – 8PM Brian Deady @ Whelan’s – 8PM Saturday 6th Recondite (Live) @ District 8 – 11PM Talos @ The Academy – 7.30PM

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Dublin Gig Guide: 24th – 30th September 2018

Dublin Gig Guide: 24th – 30th September 2018 Monday 24th Arctic Monkeys @ 3 Arena – 6.30PM Signal: Mobile @ Science Gallery Dublin – 6PM Tuesday 25th Straight No Chaser @ Vicar Street – 8PM Frankenstein Bolts @ CrowBar – 8PM Wednesday 26th Shania Twain @ 3 Arena – 6.30PM Thursday 27th Alex & Echoes @ Button Factory – 8PM Julien Baker @ Vicar Street – 8PM Friday 28th Wyvern Lingo @ The Academy – 8PM Anna Calvi @ Tivoli Theatre – 8PM Three Trapped Tigers @ Bello Bar – 8PM  Saturday 29th Mano Le Tough B2B Amé @ District

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Dublin Gig Guide: September 17th – 23rd 2018

Dublin Gig Guide: 17th – 23rd September 2018 Monday 17th Why? @ Button Factory – 8PM Tuesday 18th Meltybrains? @ Abbey Theatre – 8PM Wednesday 19th Jason Derulo @ 3 Arena – 6PM Halestorm @ The Academy – 8PM  Mulatu Astake @ The Sugar Club – 8PM Thursday 20th Nick Mulvey @ Whelan’s – 8PM Friday 21st Chris Liebing @ Distrct 8 – 11PM Jimothy Lactose @ The Academy Green Room – 8PM Ross From Friends @ Button Factory – 7PM Saturday 22nd Elliot Adamson B2B Big Miz @ District 8 – 11PM Mitski @ Tivoli Theatre – 8PM Wild

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Dublin Gig Guide: 10th – 16th September 2018

Dublin Gig Guide: 10th – 16th September 2018   Monday 10th slowthai @ The Workman’s Club – 8PM Heather Nova @ Whelan’s – 8PM   Tuesday 11th Xavier Rudd @ The Academy – 8PM (SOLD OUT) Incubus @ Bord Gais Energy Theatre – 8PM   Wednesday 12th Europe @ Olympia Theatre – 8PM   Thursday 13th Sonny Fodera @ District 8 – 11PM   Friday 14th Fatai @ Whelan’s – 8PM Fuinneamh Festival @ Bellurgan Park, Dundalk Hilary Woods @ The Sugar Club – 8PM   Saturday 15th Brame & Hamo @ District 8 – 11PM Against The Current @

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Student Experience – Major Projects

Throughout the college year, our students will embark on multiple major projects as part of our courses. These projects coincide with assignments & exams as all college students must endure! Over the course of our Sound Engineering & Music Production full-time & part-time courses & Live Sound courses there are usually three major projects. Searchlight, our EMP Showcase & Charity Album. Real World Experience These projects are aimed at familiarising the students real-world experience in the industry with giving them access to real-world situations! Working with clients, establishing relationships, gaining practical knowledge & gaining experience are the main goals. We are delighted

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Dublin Gig Guide: 3rd – 9th September 2018

Monday 3rd Hozier @ The Academy – 8PM Tuesday 4th Brent Cobb @ Whelan’s – 8PM Wednesday 5th Ugly Kid Joe @ Whelan’s – 8PM Peking Duk & Naations @ The Grand Social – 8PM Thursday 6th Jimmy Carr @ Olympia Theatre – 8PM Dara O’Briain @ Vicar Street – 8.30PM Tuesday At Six @ Whelan’s (Upstairs) – 8PM Friday 7th Soccer Mommy @ The Grand Social – 8PM   Saturday 8th Inhaler @ Whelan’s – 8PM Perc @ Index – 11PM   Sunday 9th Titus Andronicus @ Whelan’s – 8PM Gwenifer Raymond @ Whelan’s (Upstairs) – 8PM

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Dublin Gig Guide: 27th August – 2nd September 2018

Dublin Gig Guide: 27th August – 2nd September 2018 Monday 27th GZA @ The Sugar Club – 8PM Monday Jazz Jam w/Salt Peanuts @ The Grand Social – 8.30PM Tuesday 28th Roots & Blues @ Arthur’s Blues & Jazz Club – 8PM Wednesday 29th Shannon & The Clams @ Whelan’s – 8PM Supafreak @ House Dublin – 8PM Thursday 30th Garageland – Fade to Light, Elkin, Cado & the Delta Cats @ The Bowery – 8PM Track Dogs @ The Sugar Club – 8PM Friday 31st Maria Rita @ Vicar Street – 8PM Markas Carcas & the Trail Gang @

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Dublin Gig Guide: 20th – 26th August 2018

Dublin Gig Guide: 20th – 26th August 2018 Monday 20th Britney Spears @ 3 Arena – 6.30PM Tuesday 21st Brian Wilson @ Vicar Street – 8PM Billy Talent @ The Academy – 7PM (SOLD OUT) Wednesday 22nd Skid Row @ The Academy – 7PM Thursday 23rd The Lone Bellows @ Whelan’s – 8PM Electric Shore, Barefoot Magicians & Norma Manly @ The Grand Social – 8PM Friday 24th Stiff Little Fingers @ The Academy – 7PM Duke Dumont @ The Wright Venue – 10PM Saturday 25th Immortal Technique @ The Sugar Club – 8PM Mik Pyro @ Whelan’s – 8PM

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Dublin Gig Guide : 13th – 19th August 2018

Dublin Gig Guide : 13th – 19th August 2018   Monday 13th John Prine @ National Concert Hall – 8PM Tuesday 14th La Dispute @ Button Factory – 8PM Steven Page (Barenaked Ladies) @ Whelan’s – 8PM Wednesday 15th DevilDriver @ Tivoli Theatre – 8PM Maya Youssef @ National Concert Hall – 8PM Thursday 16th Ariel Pink & Jordan Elbrecht @ Button Factory – 8PM Joan As Police Women @ Whelan’s – 8PM Friday 17th Eats Everything @ District 8 – 11PM Saturday 18th Eleanor Friedberger @ The Grand Social – 8.30PM The 502’s @ Whelan’s – 8PM Sunday 19th

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Dublin Gig Guide: 30th July – 5th August 2018

Dublin Gig Guide: 30th July – 5th August 2018 Monday 30th Hobo Johnson @ Whelan’s – 8PM Tuesday 31st The Olllam @ Whelan’s – 8PM Graham Nash @ National Concert Hall – 8PM Wednesday 1st August Killswitch Engage @ The Academy – 7PM Fields @ Whelan’s – 8PM (Upstairs) Thursday 2nd Dweezil Zappa “Choice Cuts” @ Vicar Street – 8PM Friday 3rd Castlepalooza 2018 @ Charleville Castle – Tullamore All Together Now @ Curraghmore House – Co. Waterford Indiependence Music & Arts Festival  Mitchlestown, Co. Cork Saturday 4th Castlepalooza 2018 @ Charleville Castle – Tullamore All Together Now @ Curraghmore House

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Dublin Gig Guide: 23rd – 29th July 2018

Dublin Gig Guide: 23rd – 29th July 2018 Monday 23rd The Gaslight Anthem @ Vicar Street – 8PM Grace Jones @ Trinity College Summer Series – 6PM Tuesday 24th Il Divo @ Trinity College Summer Series – 6PM HRVY @ The Academy (Green Room) – 8PM Steve Earle & The Dukes @ Vicar Street – 8PM Wednesday 25th Rag ‘n’ Bone Man @ Trinity College Summer Series – 6PM Galway Street Club @ Whelan’s – 8PM Thursday 26th Jerry Dammers Dee Jay Night @ Whelan’s – 8PM Keywest @ Leopardstown Festival – 6PM Friday 27th Knockanstockan @ Blessington Circles: Day

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Dublin Gig Guide: 16th – 22nd July 2018

Dublin Gig Guide: 16th – 22nd July 2018 Monday 16th Clara Byrne w/Matilda O’Mahony @ Crowbar – 8PM Syrens @ The Wiley Fox – 8PM Tuesday 17th Sofi Tukker @ Whelan’s – 8PM Wednesday 18th Sara Ryan @ Whelan’s – 8PM (Upstairs) Abner Brown’s Underground Showcase @ The Underground – 8PM Thursday 19th Garageland Presents @ The Grand Social – 8PM Anna Burch @ Whelan’s – 8PM Jet @ The Academy – 8PM Friday 20th Death In Vegas @ District 8 – 11PM The Academic @ Iveagh Gardens – 6.30PM Saturday 21st The Coronas @ 3 Arena – 6.30PM Aslan

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Dublin Gig Guide: 9th – 15th July 2018

Dublin Gig Guide: 9th – 15th July 2018 Monday 9th Leila Jane @ Crowbar – 8PM Tuesday 10th Tune Yards @ Tivoli Theatre – 8PM At The Drive-In @ Vicar Street – 8PM Wednesday 11th Foil, Arms & Hog @ Whelan’s – 8PM (SOLD OUT) Thursday 12th Soul Brass Band – New Orleans @ The Sugar Club – 8PM And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead @ Button Factory – 8PM Bruno Mars @ Marlay Park – 5.30PM Friday 13th Longitude @ Marlay Park – 1PM Ejeca @ District 8 – 11PM Saturday 14th Longitute @ Marlay Park

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Dublin Gig Guide: 2nd – 8th July 2018

Monday 2nd Trad Session @ Mother Reilly’s Bar & Restaurant – 9PM Tuesday 3rd Tremonti @ The Academy – 8PM Carron @ Crowbar – 8PM Bomba Estéreo @ Tivoli Theatre – 8PM Wednesday 4th The Cadillac Three @ The Academy – 8PM   Sons Of Apollo @ Tivoli Theatre – 8PM Thursday 5th Alanis Morissette @ Iveagh Gardens – 7PM Mutefish & Bicurious @ Whelan’s – 8PM Friday 6th EELS @ Iveagh Gardens – 7PM Ray Scully @ The Bowery – 8PM Saturday 7th Micheal Bublé @ Croke Park – 5PM The The @ Iveagh Gardens – 6.30PM Sunday 8th

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Dublin Gig Guide: 25th June – 1st July 2018

Dublin Gig Guide: 25th June – 1st July 2018 Monday 25th Beth Rowley @ Whelan’s – 8PM Tuesday 26th The Killers @ RDS – 6PM Roger Waters @ 3 Arena – 6.30PM Wednesday 27th IMRO First Cut’s @ Abner Browns Barbershop, Rathmines – 8PM Little Steven & His Disciples of Soul @ Button Factory – 8PM Thursday 28th Roy Ayers @ The Sugar Club – 8PM Kris Kristofferson @ Olympia Theatre – 8PM Friday 29th Gui Boratto @ District 8 – 11PM Avalon Emerson @ Wigwam – 11PM Saturday 30th Mother Pride Block Party @ Tivoli Theatre – 4PM (SOLD OUT)

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Dublin Gig Guide: 18th – 24th June 2018

Monday 18th LANY @ The Academy – 7PM C.W Stoneking @ The Grand Social – 7.30PM Tuesday 19th TBF @ Tivoli Theatre – 8PM Hatchlings @ Crowbar – 8PM   Wednesday 20th Christy Moore @ National Concert Hall – 8PM Angie McMahon @ Whelan’s (upstairs) – 8PM Thursday 21st Moon Looks On @ Whelan’s – 8PM Jenny Green & RTÉ Concert Orchestra @ Energie Park – 7.30PM Friday 22nd Sea Sessions Festival (all weekend) Body & Soul Festival (all weekend) Todd Terje @ District 8 – 11PM Inhaler @ Button Factory – 8PM Saturday 23rd Crazy Town @ The Bowery (Rescheduled date)

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Dublin Gig Guide – 11th -17th June 2018

Monday 11th Don McLean @ Vicar Street – 8PM Buckcherry & Stone Broken @ Voodoo Lounge – 8PM Tuesday 12th Haim @ Olympia Theatre – 8PM (SOLD OUT) – 8PM Alex Smith @ CrowBar – 8.30PM Wednesday 13th Billy Joel @ Aviva Stadium – 8PM Thursday 14th Souls Of Mischief @ The Sugar Club – 8PM Skyfever @ Whelan’s – 8PM Flight Of The Conchords @ 3 Arena – 8PM Friday 15th The National @ Donnybrook Stadium – 5PM Liam Gallagher @ Malahide Castle – 6PM Taylor Swift @ Croke Park – 6PM Saturday 16th Chic. Feat Nile Rogers @

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Dublin Gig Guide: 4th – 10th June 2018

Dublin Gig Guide: 4th – 10th June 2018 Monday 4th Forbidden Fruit @ Royal Kilmainham Hospital Sorcha Richardson @ CrowBar – 8PM Tuesday 5th Lykkie Li, LCD Soundsystem – Malahide Gardens – 5PM Wednesday 6th Nick Cave & Patti Smith @ Malahide Gardens – 5PM Mik Pyro @ Whelan’s – 8PM G-Eazy @ Olympia Theatre – 8PM Thursday 7th Loma @ Whelan’s – 8PM Friday 8th CrowBlackChicken (album launch) @ The Bowery – 8PM The Hot Sprockets @ The Chalk Venue @ 8PM Saturday 9th Oh Joy @ Whelan’s – 8PM Gorillaz @ Malahide Castle – 6PM Sunday 10th The

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Dublin Gig Guide: May 28th – June 3rd 2018

Monday 28th Father John Misty @ Vicar Street – 8PM Broken Social Scene @ Tivoli Theatre – 7.30PM 5 Seconds Of Summer @ 3 Arena – 6.30PM Tuesday 29th Blue Rose Code @ Whelan’s – 8PM Ezra Furman @ Tivoli Theatre – 7.30PM   Wednesday 30th 30 Seconds to Mars @ 3 Arena – 6.30PM Thursday 31st Hermitage Green @ Whelan’s – 8PM Yungblud @ Whelan’s (Upstairs) – 8PM Sam Smith @ 3 Arena – 6.30PM   Friday 1st June Christian Smith & Cristain Varela @ Button Factory – 11PM Saturday 2nd Forbidden Fruit @ Royal Hospital Kilmainham Sunday 3rd

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Dublin Gig Guide: 14th – 20th May 2018

Dublin Gig Guide: 14th – 20th May 2018   Monday 14th Trad Session @ Mother Reilly’s Bar & Restaurant – 9pm The only place to be if it’s a good ol’ trad session you’re after! Kicks off around 9/9.30pm and can have anywhere from 2-15 players! Tuesday 15th Snow Patrol @ Olympia Theatre – 8PM Snow Patrol return with a new album “Wildness” and a tour around the Ireland, UK & Europe! They’ve already sold out a number of shows and the Olympia show is one of them! Wednesday 16th Ed Sheeran @ Phoenix Park – 6PM Ed Sheeran performs

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Dublin Gig Guide: 7th – 13th May 2018

Dublin Gig Guide: 7th – 13th May 2018 Monday 7th Molly Sterling @ Crowbar – 8PM Molly Sterling music takes on a dark and deep direction, and has been compared to Lana Del Ray & Hannah Reid from London Grammar! Support from Jackie Beverley on the night! Tuesday 8th Ray LaMontagne @ Bord Gais Energy Theatre – 8PM Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter Ray LaMontagne brings his Just Passing Through acoustic tour to Bord Gáis Energy Theatre as part of his first UK & Ireland tour in seven years. Brad Mehlua Trio @ National Concert Hall – 8PM Brad Mehlua will

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Dublin Gig Guide: 30th April – 6th May 2018

  Dublin Gig Guide: 30th April – 6th May 2018 Monday 30th April Tokio Myers @ Olympia Theatre – 8PM (SOLD OUT) After breaking into the music scene after a mesmerising performance on Britain’s Got Talent, Myers secured a deal with Syco Music! The multi-instrumentalist plays a sold out show! Tuesday 1st May Metz @ Whelan’s – 8PM One of the best live bands around at the moment, Metz will play a headline show at Whelan’s on Tuesday evening! Special guest on the night Oh Boland! Sarah McQuaid @ The Grand Social – 7.30PM Madrid-born, Chicago-raised, Cornwall-based singer-songwriter Sarah McQuaid

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Dublin Gig Guide: 23rd – 29th April 2018

Dublin Gig Guide: 23rd – 29th April 2018 Monday 23rd Don Broco @ Tivoli Theatre – 8PM Don Broco will be touring in promotion of their most recent release “Technology” that hit shelves earlier this year. The heavier side of rock infused with some electronic elements!   Nashville @ 3 Arena – 6.30PM Farewell tour of the hit show “Nashville” following the lives of super star country musicians & the up & coming younger musicians! Tickets €50.65 from usual outlets. Tuesday 24th EDEN @ Olympia Theatre – 7PM (SOLD OUT) Dublin based multi-instrumentalist EDEN will perform a sold out show on

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Dublin Gig Guide: 16th – 22nd April 2018

Monday 16th Harry Styles @ 3 Arena – 6.30PM One Direction star brings his solo tour to Dublin’s 3 Arena, doors at 6.30pm!   The Streets @ Olympia Theatre – 7PM (SOLD OUT) Frank Skinner and The Streets return! Inactive since 2011, tickets sold out for this in no time at all! Also play on Tuesday night!   Tuesday 17th We Banjo 3 @ Whelan’s – 8PM Galway, Ireland’s We Banjo 3 find common ground between old world tradition and authentic Americana by plying their banjo, fiddle, guitar and mandolin in an innovation fusion of styles that they dub “Celtgrass. Doors

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Dublin Gig Guide: 9th – 15th April 2018

Monday 9th April Dua Lipa @ Olympia Theatre – 7PM (SOLD OUT) With her new single dominating the charts, Dua Lipa performs a sold out show at the Olympia to get the week started! Support on the night from Lxandra! Jessica-Lea Mayfield @ Whelan’s – 8PM Jessica Lea Mayfield performs at Whelan’s as part of her small European tour which includes gigs in the UK, Denmark & Sweden! Doors at 8pm!   Tuesday 10th Epica @ Tivoli Theatre – 10PM Symphonic metal giants Epica, will be coming to Dublin’s Tivoli Theatre on Tuesday! This is their Irish debut so be sure to

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Dublin Gig Guide: 2nd – 8th April 2018

Monday 2nd John Gibbons @ Olympia Theatre – 7PM Irish house DJ John Gibbons takes the stage at the Olympia Theatre for his biggest headline show to date, tickets €21.50. Tuesday 3rd Macklemore – 3 Arena – 6.30PM With his most recent album Gemini which features an abundance of artists including Lil’ Yatchy, Kesha & OFFset  from Migos! Macklemore will perform two shows at the 3 Arena this week, some tickets still available! Wednesday 4th Dr. John Cooper Clarke @ Whelan’s – 7PM SOLD OUT The multi faceted Dr John Cooper Clarke will be performing a sold out show at Whelan’s.

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Dublin Gig Guide: March 26th – April 1st 2018

Monday 26th MØ @ Olympia Theatre – 7PM Danish singer-songwriter MØ plays the Olympia Theatre after her show at The Academy got rescheduled. A familiar blend of electro and synth-pop, tickets €21! Tuesday 27th  Django Django @ Tivoli Theatre – 7.30PM Quirky indie-rock is what Django Django do, and they do it very well! Tickets from the original date of March 2nd still valid. Phoenix @ Olympia Theatre – 7PM Alternative French indie-pop rockers Phoenix will play a SOLD OUT show at the Olympia Theatre. New album “Ti Amo” has done very well since it’s release in late 2016. Wednesday 28th 

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Dublin Gig Guide: 19th – 25th March 2018

Dublin Gig Guide: 19th – 25th March 2018 Starting off the week, we have Steven Wilson playing at the Olympia Theatre! His album “To The Bone” is a pop-rock album filled with tastes of his all his influences and has been described as “Fusing driving futurist rock and spectral electronics to elegiac hyper-space ambience and dizzying, squalling guitars, To The Bone is Steven Wilson’s hat-tip to the hugely   ambitious progressive pop records of his youth.” Catch him at the Olympia from 8PM. Tuesday night sees Vance Joy place the first of his two sold out shows this year! Due to this show being

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Dublin Gig Guide: 12th – 18th March 2018

Dublin Gig Guide: 12th – 18th March 2018 Ah it’s Sunday once again! Time to wash away those blues with our weekly Dublin Gig Guide! With Saturday being St. Patrick’s Day there will be an abundance of music across all the pubs & clubs so get your Green on and get out for some Trad! Let’s start the week off on Monday as always! We’ve got Rejjie Snow playing in the Olympia Theatre, Rejji is an Irish hip-hop artist, his debut album, Dear Annie, hit the shelves back in February and is very, very impressive. It’s executive produced by Rahki, who won

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Dublin Gig Guide: 5th – 11th March 2018

At the time of writing we are still heavily snowed under and with a number of shows postponed last week hopefully by the time you’re reading this Storm Emma will be a thing of the past! Kicking us off on Monday is experimental Trad act The Gloaming who will be performing a string of dates over the course of the week and all of them are sold out! They are due to be on-stage at 8PM sharp! Tuesday night, we have Squeeze frontman Chris Difford performing at Whelan’s. As a member of one of London’s best-loved bands, the Squeeze co-founder

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Dublin Gig Guide: 26th February – 4th March 2018

Dublin Gig Guide: 26th February – 4th March 2018   Let’s kick off this week’s Dublin Gig Guide with Indie-Pop act Imagine Dragons! They will be playing a SOLD OUT show as part of their Evolve Tour! The tour includes shows in America, Europe and the UK! Tickets flew out the door for this one! Also on Monday night composer Nils Frahm will be playing another SOLD OUT show at the National Concert Hall! After spending much of 2017 in hibernation in preparation for a busy period ahead, Nils will commence 2018 with his first live performances since 2015, and will

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Dublin Gig Guide: 19th – 25th February 2018

Dublin Gig Guide: 19th -25th February 2018 Starting off the week on Monday evening, we have Galantis playing at the Olympia Theatre! Galantis is a Swedish production duo, Christian Karlsson (also of Bloodshy & Avant and Miike Snow) and Linus Eklow (Style of Eye). The Pharmacy reached No. 1 on the Billboard Dance Chart and spawned hit singles “Peanut Butter Jelly” and “Runaway (U&I),” the latter of which is RIAA certified gold in 7 countries and earned Grammy nominations! Tickets from €26.40! Tuesday is a busy night around the city with indie rock ban The Xcerts playing in Whelan’s and UK Grime superstar Wiley playing at

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Dublin Gig Guide: 12th – 18th February 2018

Dublin Gig Guide: 12th – 18th February 2018      It’s the month of Love and Valentines day is nearly upon us! Whether you’re spoken for our are a Bachelor/Bachelorette there’s loads of great gigs on this week to celebrate your love (or being single!) Starting off with Paul Weller at the Olympia Theatre! 2017 marked the 40th anniversary of Paul Weller’s first album, “In The City”, which he released with The Jam in May 1977. For most artists such a landmark would be greeted with extensive retrospective celebrations: lavish reissues and all that jazz. But Paul Weller is not like most

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Piracy & The Music Industry

Piracy within the music industry has a long and arduous history, from trying to record songs from the radio to portable tape machines, to illegally downloading an artists entire back catalogue in under 5 minutes! As many of us are artists in our own right, we all known the damage that piracy and illegal downloading has done to the music, recording, TV and film industries. Many bands have had to go back on tour and push their merchandise on us to make a living as there is little money anymore in making a #1 album. Also, with the creation of

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Dublin Gig Guide: 5th – 11th February 2018

Dublin Gig Guide: 5th – 11th February 2018 It’s that time of the week once more! So let’s not hang around and get straight into it! The hit music & comedy show The Night Joe Dolan’s Car Broke Down is returning to The Olympia Theatre from Monday 5th to Saturday 10th February 2018 (including a matinee performance on Sat 10th Feb). This will be the show’s 7th run at The Olympia, where it has been enjoyed by over 50,000 people to date! This December marks the tenth anniversary of Joe’s passing. Tickets from €29.50! Tuesday evening, George Evelyn better known as Nightmares On Wax plays at District 8! Iconic Warp

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Dublin Gig Guide: 29th January – 4th February 2018

Dublin Gig Guide: 29th January – 4th February 2018 Since releasing their first single in 1985, Erasure have sold more than 25 million albums worldwide. Their 30th anniversary celebrations saw them deliver a Top 10 collection of singles, a 13-disc career-spanning box set and vinyl editions of their entire back catalogue. Since then, they’ve been busier than ever. In addition to recording World Be Gone, in 2016 Vince Clarke set up his own label, Very Records, releasing 2Square, his collaboration with Paul Hartnoll, and the Reed & Caroline debut, Buchla & Singing. Andy Bell continued to explore the character of

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Dublin Gig Guide: 22nd – 28th January 2018

Dublin Gig Guide: 22nd – 28th January 2018 There aren’t many events that unite a City, whether it’s with visitors, tourists or natives of the land, but one of those events that does, is the Temple Bar TradFest! The TradFest runs every year towards the end of January and this year the running dates are 24th-28th January. There is so much on over the course of the four days that’s it too difficult to pick out favourites. Many of pubs around Temple Bar and surrounding areas will have an abundance of trad music on. There is so much on for

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Dublin Gig Guide: 15th – 21st January 2018

Dublin Gig Guide: 15th – 21st January 2018 It’s Thursday once again which can mean only one thing! It’s one day until the weekend and even better, it means our Dublin Gig Guide is here! We scour the internet to find you all the best gigs and shows on around the city every week! This week is no different with an eclectic mix of stuff on this week – let’s get started! We’ll kick off on Tuesday night as there was slim pickings on Monday evening! Motionless In White will be performing at The Academy on Middle Abbey Street, the

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Dublin Gig Guide : 8th – 14th January 2018

We’re baaaaaaaaaack! We hope you all had a great Christmas, hope the big red man was good to you all 🙂 and a Happy New Year! Not a lot to choose from this week but just enough to keep you busy! Kicking us off on Monday evening The Grand Social hosts the Bowie Birthday Bash with London Boys & Special guests. This 6 piece band are unique in the Bowie tribute act cosmos in that they focus solely on Bowie’s recorded output from the 60’s, from his Mod/R&B days with The Lower Third into the music hall material of his David

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Dublin Gig Guide: December 18th 2017 – January 8th 2018

With the Christmas period upon us, we will be closing from the 20th December until January 4th so this weeks Dublin Gig Guide will cover everything that’s on up to and including January 8th! It’s a double helping of Gigs!! Plenty of stuff on for all the family, but as you know we focus on live gigs! As many of you will expect, there is a lot of familiar faces around Dublin at Christmas time with performances from the likes of Glen Hansard, Damien Dempsey before Christmas and the one and only, Christy Moore playing a number of dates in

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Dublin Gig Guide: 11th – 17th December 2017

Dublin Gig Guide: 11th – 17th December 2017 Christy Moore will make a very welcome return to Vicar Street for a brace of gigs this December & January 2018, good news for all who have made it an annual visit, Christy returns with a new album On The Road, which was released on November 17th. Over the past two years, Christy has recorded all gigs and gleaned this collection which features 24 songs recorded at 17 venues (including 3 tracks from Vicar St). Christy looks forward to returning to this great venue where he has performed almost 200 times, with no

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Dublin Gig Guide : 4th – 10th December 2017

Dublin Gig Guide: 4th – 10th December 2017 With Friday fast approaching, we’re back with another Dublin Gig Guide! Many of the gigs on this week are unfortunately sold out! Not sure why, possible as the lead up to Christmas more people are deciding to head out for a night out? Who knows, but at least it’s good news for the artists performing as the venues will be full! Anyway, enough digressing, let’s get on with whats going on around town! Monday night as always kicks us off with Dr. Hook playing a sold out show in the Olympia! For

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Graduate Interview Series – Owen Lewis – Class Of 2006

Here at STC, we’re always keen to find out what our Graduates are up to. We recently got a chance to talk to one of our Graduates from 2006, Owen Lewis. Originally from Limerick, Owen now lives in Nashville, Tennessee “The Home Of Country Music”! Check out Owen’s journey in the recording industry, from placements in studios in Ireland, to moving to the United States, and the contacts and experience he had while studying here! We would like to thank Owen for taking the time out of his busy schedule to chat to us!!    

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Dublin Gig Guide : 27th November – 3rd December 2017

Nostalgia is the theme of this weeks gigs with a number of artists who would have been considered top of their game  in the past so let’s kick of as always with Monday evening. Singer-songwriter Jame Blunt performs at the 3 Arena promotion his newest album The Afterlove which hit the shelves in March of this year. His fifth studio album to date, Blunt, who is known for his quick wit and jokes, announced in January 2017 via twitter “Check out my 12 inch…” with a clip of himself in the bathtub! Tickets still available for this one! Tuesday evening,

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Black Friday 2017!

It’s that time of the year again! Where you can find massive discounts across the globe on everything! Furniture, electronics, equipment, software, hardware, you name it, there’s a sale on! Sound Training are going to be bringing you the best deals on software, plugins and hardware that we can find! We are going to narrow down the areas and manufactures you should keep your eye on for the best deals! 50% off Thanksgiving 14th – 30th November They folks over at NI are always a great shout if you’re looking to offload some cash on Black Friday. They usually have

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Dublin Gig Guide : 20th – 26th November 2017

With Christmas just around the corner distract yourself with this weeks gigs! Loads on this week so let’s get on with it! Monday night we have indie rockers Wolf Parade performing at Button Factory! The 4-piece are currently embarking on a worldwide tour and are booked to play one show on Irish soil, their most recent album Cry Cry Cry was released last October and has fared very well in charts and has seen some very favourable reviews. Doors from 7.30PM! Over in Vicar Street, we have everybody’s favourite 00’s rapper Nelly! Nelly has fallen on some hard times recently

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Music Industry Roundup : October 2017

Eventide announced the release of their Eurorack module with the DDL (digital delay line). Designed for performance, the EuroDDL features external control of every feature and function. It also has been designed to sound less digital than the average delay. Eventide’s old school design strictly limits the amount of digital circuitry to only what’s required for delay. Soft saturation clipping, low pass filter, feedback, insert loop, and +20 dB boost are all analog. Available from January, the DDL will cost $399. For more info head over to Eventide’s website! Pioneer have released a DJ-friendly sampler with the DJS-1000 performance sampler! Promising

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Dublin Gig Guide : 13th – 19th November 2017

Dublin Gig Guide : 13th – 19th November 2017 The nostalgia train pulls into Dublin this week with infamous pop act Steps will be performing at the 3 Arena on Monday night. The show is part of their reunion tour and most recent album release “Tears On The Dancefloor” which was released in April of this year! Be sure to snap up a ticket as support on the night from Vengaboys it will be a nostalgic double-header bound to bring you back to your youth! On Tuesday night, we have Sylvan Esso playing at the Tivoli Theatre. The Indie-Pop duo

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Dublin Gig Guide : 6th – 12th November 2017

Kicking us off this week is pop sensation’s Little Mix! They will be performing two sold out shows at the 3 Arena! The X-Factor season 8 winners, who were the first group to win the series still to this day headed out on tour last May and finishes at the end of this month. The Glory Days Tour has been a huge success so far and included shows in Australia, New Zealand, Netherlands and Belgium! Electro-pop sensation Zola Jesus will also be performing on Monday night in Whelans. Zola Jesus, (real name Nika Roza Danilova) has been recording music as

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Dublin Gig Guide : 30th October – 5th November 2017

Dublin Gig Guide : 30th October – 5th November 2017 It’s that spooky time of the year again, all the trick-or-treaters will be out in force and everyone will be in good spirits! Gig-wise it’s a jam packed week, and on Tuesday evening there is a number of Halloween themed events going on around the city so be sure to check your local listings for more information. Kicking off with Monday, we have Steely Dan performing their second show over the course of the weekend! The second show as part of the BlueFest gigs alongside The Doobie Brothers! Tickets quickly

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Dublin Gig Guide : 23rd – 29th October 2017

Dublin Gig Guide : 23rd – 29th October 2017 It’s time for another weekly Dublin Gig Guide! Loads on this week, and just a note for last week, due to Hurricane Ophelia around the country, The Breeders gig in Vicar Street was cancelled and it’s not looking likely that it will be rescheduled as refunds were being offered at point of sale and the remainder of their European tour was coming up quick and fast. Unfortunate as it was their first tour in three years so who knows where we’ll get to see them again. Anyway, let’s get started as

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Dublin Gig Guide : 16th – 22nd October 2017

Dublin Gig Guide : 16th – 22nd October 2017 We have a jam packed week this week for you! An eclectic mix of gigs all around the city so you’ve no excuse not to get out and catch something! Let’s kick off as always with Monday night and we have The Breeders performing at Vicar Street! Pixies former bass player Kim Deal, started up The Breeders with Tanya Donnelly of Throwing Muses. alternative grunge rock is the order of the day here and doors for this one are at 8PM! Tuesday evening, The Sugar Club plays host to FORQ! FORQ

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Dublin Gig Guide : 9th – 15th October 2017

Dublin Gig Guide : 9th – 15th October 2017 We’re back again with another instalment of our weekly Dublin Gig Guide! It’s its happening in Dublin we know about! All the info you need in one quick and easy guide! Loads happening around the city this week so lets kick off with Monday night! Nik Kershaw will be playing at Vicar Street! Kershaw had shown interest in music at a much later stage in his life than many others, not picking up a guitar until the age of 15 after watching a David Bowie documentary! With influences ranging from T-Rex

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Music Industry Roundup : September 2017

TheoryBoard is a kickstarter initiative that presents itself as a “Music Theory MIDI Controller” and “the ultimate hack for production & composition.” Created by a company called Irijule, TheoryBoard is just $10,000 short of reaching their goal. It uses colour correlation between the chords and melody sides of the controller giving you The interface features coloured buttons & you can enable a scale and then play a wide range of of chords within that scale as the melodies will always fit over the top of them! Check out the kickstarter video below! The folks over at Propellerhead have announced Reason 10,

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Dublin Gig Guide : 2nd – 8th October 2017

Dublin Gig Guide : 2nd – 8th October 2017 It’s that time of the week once more where we lay out all the gigs happening this week around the city! Lots to get through as usual so let’s get on with it! Kicking off the week we have All Them Witches who will be playing at Whelan’s! After announcing that their new album “Sleeping Through The War” will be released in early February. Their usual brand of big fuzz, deep grooves and comsic vision will ring out for the evening and tickets are only €13! Meanwhile, we have Trevor Sensor

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Dublin Gig Guide : 25th September – 1st October 2017

It’s time for another Weekly instalment of Dublin’s Gig Guide brought to you by Sound Training! Quiet enough start to this week but then as always as the weekend rolls in there is more gigs on than you can shake a stick at! Let’s kick off as always with Monday! Quiet around town on Monday night, although if you’re looking for a good old fashioned Irish Trad Session there is only one place to be and that’s Mother Reilly’s in Rathmines. This open session has been running for a number of years and is always a great night, whether Trad

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Dublin Gig Guide : 18th – 24th September 2017

So as the winter begins to raise its cold ugly head once again our warm summer evenings are quickly becoming a distant memory, don’t be disheartened as we still have one final festival to get through which is taking place this coming weekend! Yes, Canalaphonic returns for it’s third year and has a whole host of great events for all the family to attend! That’s not the only decent thing on this week so let’s get going! Monday night, The National play Vicar Street for their second performance in Dublin for the “Sleep Well Beast” tour. With tickets for all

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Dublin Gig Guide : 11th – 17th September 2017

Dublin Gig Guide : 11th – 17th September 2017 We’re back with another instalment of our Dublin Gig Guide! Plenty to see this week! As the summer months become a distant memory and those cold long winter nights begin to settle in hopefully it won’t deter you from going out! Let’s start off as always on Monday night where we have Ryan Adams performing the first of two sold out gigs at the Olympia Theatre! Described as “one of the most elegant singer-songwriters of his generation.” by the New York Times. Adams released his 15th studio album in February of

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Live Sound, Lighting and Stage Production Graduates 2017

We recently had the opportunity to catch up with the graduates from our most recent Live Sound, Lighting and Stage Production course. Keeping in touch with graduates and seeing how their careers are progressing is a major component of our ethos in the Sound Training College. Naturally we were extremely interested to see how our most recent class were faring in life post-STC! You can check out both video interviews and written accounts of the student experience below : Lauren Geary I had just finished a BA (Hons) in Music Production and was looking for a pathway into the live industry,

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Dublin Gig Guide: 4th – 10th September 2017

Dublin Gig Guide: 4th – 10th September 2017 It’s that time of the week again! Our Dublin Gig Guide strives to give you all the insights into whats going on around the city and what’s worth going to see! With Electric Picnic just a hazy-faded memory, we continue on with this week’s live gigs!  First off, on Monday night the Button Factory plays host to one of the most influential math-rock post-rock bands to ever grace the earth. With only two full-length album releases and one EP, American Football have a huge following. The band started up in 1997 and

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Music Industry Round-Up : August 2017

Music Industry Round-Up : August 2017 IK Multimedia have released a brilliant all-in-one audio interface & MIDI controller. The iRig Keys I/O comes in 25 or 49 key variations and provides everything you need to get up & running, including balanced stereo and headphone outputs, combo input jack for line, instrument and mic input with 48v phantom power, gain control for the combo port and sustain pedal port too. It can also work off USB or 4 AA batteries for all the the people out there who are on the move! LANDR is the new software that makes it easier

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“Sound Check” – A Weird and Wonderful Showcase of DIY Audio Makers

Are you an analogue synth head? Then you will definitely want to check out the Moog Sound Lab currently set up and awaiting visitors at Dublin Science Gallery (head for the Trinity Pearse street entrance)! You can walk in and play with a room full of Moog synth goodness. Alongside that are a couple of dozen other sound and music-focused exhibits on display at the Science Gallery’s current “Sound Check” exhibition. Don’t expect to find the traditional audio tech here, it’s all about novel ideas and weird inventions. The Moog Sound Lab is probably the most mainstream of the offerings

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Game of Thrones Theme – Carina Guitar Duo

We were so blown away by the latest series of Game of Thrones, we invited the very talented Carina Guitar Duo into Sun Studios in order to record their version of the iconic theme music. Check it out below!

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Dublin Gig Guide : 28th August – 3rd September 2017

Dublin Gig Guide : 28th August – 3rd September 2017 The most important musical weekend of the year has finally come around! Yes folks, this week sees the return of Electric Picnic! The countries most popular music & arts festival hits Stradbally once again! But let’s not get ahead of ourselves! Monday night we have the ex-One Direction-er Niall Horan playing at the Olympia Theatre! Horan rose to fame as part of the 5-piece boyband and since their split has gone on to release two successful singles, however the release date for an album is yet to be announced! Singles

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Dublin Gig Guide : 21st – 27th August 2017

Dublin Gig Guide : 21st – 27th August 2017   It’s that time of the week again! The Dublin Gig Guide brought to you by Sound Training! Lot’s going on this week covering all tastes, we’ve got Trad, Pop, Folk, Hardcore Punk and more! So let’s get in started! On Monday night at the National Stadium. With support on the night from JP Cooper who in his own right has gained a massive following over the last year or two and landing this support slot will only grow his popularity! The Script themselves have released a new album recently after

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Dublin Gig Guide : 14th – 20th August 2017

Dublin Gig Guide 14th – 20th August 2017 It’s time or this week’s Dublin Gig Guide! Brought to you by Sound Training! A fairly busy week this week, so let’s get straight into it! Kicking off the week in style, we have Mr. Glen Hansard who will be playing at Vicar Street. Hansard is a household name around Ireland and more than likely more further a-field also! He added a second show (15th) due to the demand! Performing solo, Hansard is know for his captivating performances and this will be no different! 14th is sold out, however tickets for the

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Dublin Gig Guide : 7th – 13th August 2017

Dublin Gig Guide : 7th -13th August 2017 It’s that time of the week again! Our Dublin Gig Guide gives you all the info you’ll need to plan the weeks gigs! Let’s kick things off with Monday night, and as many of us will have those bank holiday Monday blues, Suzanne Savage’s Supersoup in Arthurs Bar will help kickstart your bank holiday! Suzanne Savage is a well established singer-songwriter and has made a name for herself as one of Dublin’s best. “Supersoup” consists of Christian Altehülshorst  on the trumpet, Suzanne providing the vocals, Scott Flanagan on the organ, and Dominic Mullan

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5 Best Microphones under €400

As nice as it would be to have a studio full of top-end expensive and classic microphones at our disposal, for many of us it is just a pipe dream! But thanks to the ever-developing technology these days, there are so many affordable mics available to us that you don’t have to break the bank to get a decent sounding recording anymore. Even when buying them brand new, many microphones will be quite affordable and again even cheaper if bought second hand. Weather you are a home-studio hobbyist or a seasoned professional, many of the mics mentioned in this blog post

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Music Industry Round-Up : July 2017

Music Industry Round-Up : July 2017 M-Audio have released an “all-in-one package” for the home studio enthusiast! It comes bundled with everything you need to get up-and-running including a M-Track 2X2 audio interface, Nova Black condenser microphone, premium HDH40 headphones and a software suite featuring AIR/Pro Tools plugins. With a version of Cubase LE to get your recordings down, it is a perfect starting place! Prices start from £164.99 and will be available Summer 2017. HeadRush, an innovative new manufacturer of Guitar Products have unveiled their ‘game-changing’ new pedalboard. Boasting a quad-core processor and it’s exclusive Eleven HD ExpandedTM DSP software,

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Dublin Gig Guide : 31st July – 6th August 2017

It’s Friday! Which means we are back with our weekly Dublin Gig Guide! All the information you’ll need to plan this weeks nights out! With the bank holiday this week, there is so much stuff on over the course of the weekend that we will try to cover it all, we’ve got three different festivals and although they’re not as big as the major festivals throughout the country like Electric Picnic Sea Sessions etc. they are fantastic cultural events and with the weather being the way it has been this past month, hopefully the rain will stay away too! So

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STC Graduates – Class of 2017

Here at Sound Training College we do our utmost to keep up-to-date with what our graduates are up to. We feel it is very important to see how their careers are developing and this year is no different. Recently, we got to talk to a number of our Studio Engineering & Music Production and Live Sound, Lighting & Stage Production graduates to see what they thought of the course, what their experience was like and what they are doing with themselves now! Both our Studio Engineering & Music Production and Live Sound, Lighting & Stage Production courses prepare our students for work

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New Music Monday : 24th July 2017

Foster The People – Sacred Hearts Club Back with their third album, Foster The People will forever be known as the ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ band which is certainly not a bad thing! This album differs since they’re only a 3-piece now and this album features more ambitious pop.    Albin Lee Meldau – Bloodshot A single that appeared on his first EP release Lovers, Bloodshot continues in the same vein brooding melancholic pop accompanied with great emotion vocally makes an all around impressive 5-track EP.   Maya Jane Coles – Weak/Werk Some new tunes from one of the leading ladies

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Dublin Gig Guide : 24th – 30th July 2017

We’re back with another Dublin Gig Guide! Lots of great stuff going on this week, although we must start this off with a sad note. Chester Bennington of the nu-metal rock band Linkin Park was found dead at his home yesterday evening, our thoughts and prayers and with his family and friends. Chester was one of the leading vocalists of his time and was the voice of a generation for many. He will be sorely missed. 🙁 Let’s get on with this weeks gigs! Two great shows kicking us off on Tuesday night! First off we have Kate Nash performing

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STC Student Showcase – Modem Button Factory Takeover

Many will tell you that the ability to read a crowd and keep people on the dance-floor will, more than likely be one of the top skills of any DJ or producer. With many of the DJ’s there are in the world at the moment, there has been massive scrutiny around some performers just pressing play and letting the software do the work, or playing to a supposed backing track. But with the invention and development of equipment such as Push from Ableton or Maschine from Native Instruments, it has only added to the creative and energetic side of a live performance.

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Dublin Gig Guide : 17th – 23rd July 2017

Dublin Gig Guide : 17th – 23rd July 2017 Another week in July and another quiet Monday evening for live gigs, but fear not! If you’re looking for something to keep you going on Monday evening, check out Once the musical at the Olympia Theatre. Once has been mentioned a number of times before in our Gig Guide but we really can’t recommend it enough! Let’s kick off Tuesday with a bang, we’ve got American experimental metal band Sunn O))) playing at The Button Factory. Sunn O))) are a hard one to categorise as they dabble in experimental, doom, drone

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New Music Monday – 10th July 2017

Dizzee Rascal – Wot You Gonna Do? Dizzee is back with another single from his upcoming album ‘Raskit’. This is confirmation that the old Rascal we all knew and loved is back, no more radio-friendly collabs with popular DJ’s this is Dizzee at his best. Four Tet – Two Thousand and Seventeen Four Tet announced his return to music with this single. Without announcing a new album or anything he waited until he got a response from the new track, to which he later announced he has loads of new music on the way with an album coming this year! Moody

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Dublin Gig Guide : 10th – 16th of July 2017

Dublin Gig Guide : 10th – 16th July As the Summer months continue we are spoilt for choice with the eclectic selection of gigs on! With Longitude in Marley Park just around the corner an Electric Picnic creeping up as well, we have to get the Trinity College Summer Series Gigs out of the way first! We had Gregory Porter playing last night to kick them off, and we have Jame Vincent McMorrow performing tonight, Bell X1 tomorrow and Pixies closing out the weekend on Sunday night! They continue into next week too with Two Door Cinema Club performing on

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New Music Monday – 3rd July 2017

Tyler, The Creator – Who Dat Boy / 911 Rap genius Tyler, The Creator is back with his first release since 2015’s “Cherry Bomb”. ” Who Dat Boy” features A$AP Rocky as they trade bars in an energetic track. 911/Mr. Lonely is the other track on this release, however it takes a low-key and mellower look at relationships and all that, with help from Frank Ocean, Steve Lacy and Anna Of The North. Lucy Rose – Moirai With her new album ‘Somethings Changing’ due for release on the 14th July, Lucy Rose has unleashed ‘Moirai’. Apparently inspired after a conversation

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Dublin Gig Guide : 3rd – 9th July 2017

Dublin Gig Guide : 3rd – 9th July 2017 Last week was a big one regarding festivals with Glastonbury taking place over in England! It really was a spectacle, as Ed Sheeran amazed a packed out crowd with his one man performance that included people being very confused by him using a loop pedal.  Radiohead, The XX, The National, even the leader of the Labour Party in the UK, Jeremy Corbyn was on-stage for a speech! It was a fantastic weekend all around. Over on our shores however we had Sea Sessions up in one of the best surfing spots in

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Music Industry Round-Up : June 2017

Music Industry Round-Up : June 2017 The people over at Output have branched into the studio furniture business! They are known for some of the most interesting plugins, Movement, Substance, Signal, Exhale among others! They had teased us earlier in the month via social media with posts such as “Built By Musicians, For Musicians”, “It Doesn’t Make A Single Sound”, and “It’s Not A Plugin”. Speculation was rife but they finally put everyone out of their misery and finally released Platform. They say we love making music so we should love WHERE we make music too! With enough room for you MIDI

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New Music Monday – 26th June 2017

Kodaline – Brother The Irish 4-piece are back with a new single and album on the way. Lead single “Brother” is classic Kodaline, emotional lyrics and a well constructed chorus “Brother” ticks all the boxes. Grizzly Bear – Four Cypresses The third release off their up-and-coming album “Painted Ruins”. As Grizzly Bear’s Daniel Rossan says it was “Written from the perspective of a homeless man sleeping in a driveway of a place he was staying at in L.A., but broadened it to encompass his thoughts about a refugee experience and life through wartime.” Make of that what you will, but it’s a

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Dublin Gig Guide : 26th June – 2nd July 2017

Dublin Gig Guide 26th June -2nd July 2017 It’s that time again folks! All the information that you need to plan your week’s gigs around the city! Not too much mainstream stuff on this week but it’s usually the smaller less popular gigs that are more entertaining! So let’s get into it! Monday night kicking us off we have Jazz group BadBadNotGood playing in the familiar surroundings of the Sugar Club. Because of it’s layout, The Sugar Club is the perfect venue for a Jazz group because of the cinema-style seating arrangement and it still has room a the front

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New Music Monday – 19th June 2017

Some new tunes to beat those Monday blues! The Horrors – Machine Disjointed start to this new track from The Horrors, but soon enough reverts back to what we love about the 5-piece band, Shoegazey garage rock!   Coldplay – All I Can Think About Is You Reverb drenched lead vocal on this one from Chris Martin and Co. Off their upcoming new album Kaleidoscope, dreamy vibes that builds to a classic Coldplay climatic end.   Dizzee Rascal – Space After nearly 4 years since his last album, Dizzee Rascal is back! “Space” is the lead single off new album

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Dublin Gig Guide : 19th – 25th June 2017

Dublin Gig Guide : 19th – 25th June 2017 After a fantastic amount of gigs last week including Arcade Fire (who also played a surprise song at an after-party in Whelan’s) Aerosmith, The 1975, Paramore, Robbie Williams to name a few! We have another amazing week of gigs this week for you to sink your teeth into! So without further delay let’s get on with it! Kicking us off this week on Monday night, we have a great double header of the hip-hop genre with $uicideboy$ playing at Whelan’s, and Ho99o9 (pronounced as horror) performing at The Workman’s Club. Both

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New Music Monday – 12th June 2017

Ray BLK – Doing Me Great chilled out R&B vibes from Ray BLK, off her January BBC Sound Of 2017 award win, I can sense more awards coming her way with tracks like this!   Royal Blood – I Only Lie When I Love You After supporting Guns ‘n’ Roses to having At The Drive In supporting them on some of their European dates, Royal Blood are the next big thing! This track is a perfect example of modern rock ‘n’ roll reminds me of Wolfmother.   SZA – Ctrl Guest appearances on this album from Kendrick Lamar, Isaiah Rashad and

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Dublin Gig Guide : 12th – 18th June 2017

As we are well into June now, the Summer gigs are coming thick and fast! With Forbidden Fruit and Vantastival last weekend we have the Malahide Castle gigs and the Trinity Summer gigs only around the corner! But there’s loads of other great stuff happening over the week in Dublin so let’s crack on with it! Kicking us off on Monday night we have American singer-songwriter Jackson Browne playing Vicar Street for a number of sold out shows! Browne has sold over 18 million albums worldwide and this time around himself his band will be performing all the hits from

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A Brief Guide To Compression

Compression Many people say that it is possible to have too much of a good thing. Compression is a perfect example of this. One of the most used and most loved dynamic effects and fundamental tools we have at our disposal whilst mixing, recording and mastering music. When starting out producing, usually with electronic music, people will want their music to “pump” or “sound thick” and many will try beef up their elements by using a compressor (probably after a quick Google) without actually knowing how to achieve it or what device to use. This article is going to hopefully try

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New Music Monday – 5th June 2017

  Arcade Fire – Everything Now After recently signing a new two-album deal, Arcade Fire released their new single “Everything Now” which is due to be on the upcoming fifth album of the same name. The single was released at the Primavera music festival in Spain and vinyls of the track were being sold at merchandise stalls! Very inventive!   Foo Fighters – Run Dave Grohl and co. are back! This time with their new single “Run” and from the opening notes you suspect a familiar Foo’s track, then it breaks into chaos and gets much heavier with a galloping

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Dublin Gig Guide : 5th – 11th June 2017

Dublin Gig Guide : 5th – 11th June 2017 We’re back with this weeks Dublin Gig Guide! As the festival season is well and truly upon us, with Life festival last weekend in Mullingar and Vantastival and Forbidden Fruit this weekend. We’ve still got Body & Soul, Castlepalooza, Indiependance, Electric Picnic and more over the coming months! A lot to get through! But for now, we’ll stick to whats coming up this week.   Kicking us off on Bank Holiday Monday is the final day of Forbidden Fruit! Taking place at the Royal Hospital in Kilmainham. After Aphex Twin, Moderat,

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Graduate Interview Series – Jamie McEvoy

  Jamie McEvoy is currently working as the resident in-house Assistant Engineer at The Pool Recording Studio in London, the studio is jointly owned by Miloco and producer Ben Hillier. He has worked with countless big names including Noel Gallagher, Placebo, Years & Years, Emeli Sandé, The Wombats, Skepta, Mumford & Sons as well as Stephen Street, Catherine Marks and James Ford. Jamie graduated from the Sound Training College in 2012 and has worked in a number of different studios across Ireland and the UK. We recently got a chance to chat to Jamie about his experience in STC and

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Music Industry Round-Up : May 2017

Music Industry Round-Up : May 2017 The people over at Propellerhead have finally added VST support to Reason! Reason hit our shelves 17 years ago and was released as a self-contained studio with synths, samplers and drum machines. In 2009 they released Record, which added the ability to record, mix and arrange audio which was another thing missing from the original Reason. They have it all now! Upgrades to Reason 9.5 are free for all version 9 holders. Learn more here.  Roland have released the SPD::ONE electronic percussion pads. There are four to choose from Electro, Kick, Percussion and WAV. All

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New Music Monday – 29th May 2017

James Vincent McMorrow – True Care JVM is back with his new album, and it does not disappoint. His fourth album to date, you can see how he has developed and grown as a musician but still keeps all the essentials to release a chart-topping album. Check Out : Constellations, Glad It’s Raining & True Care.   Dave – 100M’s London based grime artist Dave isn’t messing about with this track. Following on the footsteps on Skepta & Stormzy, 100M’s contains more raw & minimal production which makes for a brilliant comeback track after previously working with Drake & J-Hus.

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Dublin Gig Guide : 29th May – 4th June 2017

Dublin Gig Guide : 29th May – 4th June 2017 This week Manchester and the world was devastated when 22 people lost their lives and 59 people suffered injuries when a suicide bomber detonated a bomb in the lobby of the Manchester Arena. Words cannot describe the pain these families and friends have suffered. Our prayers and best wishes go out to each of the families, friends and loved ones that have been affected by this terrorist crime. #RIP   So let’s kick off this weeks gigs! We’ll start as always on Monday night, with George Ezra playing a sold

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Synthesis : A Basic Understanding

Synthesis Many of us will know what a synthesizer looks and sounds like through our experiences with both the software and hardware versions, whether it was bashing away at your brothers keyboard or fiddling around with your first synth VST! They have been around the music industry since the first early concepts began to take shape in the late 50’s early 60’s by a German engineer, Harald Bode. Bode was a pioneer in the development of electronic music instruments, and ended up developing a modular synthesizer and sound processor and in 1961. After this development, he wrote a paper on

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New Music Monday – 22nd May 2017

Francis and the Lights – May I Have This Dance (feat. Chance the Rapper) Nice disco-pop vibes from Francis and the Lights with a cameo from Chance the Rapper. Chance’s relaxed and laid back vocals create a cool chilled out Summer song with his input on May I Have This Dance. Blink 182 – California (Deluxe) After only releasing California in the past year, Blink 182 have released a Deluxe edition which features 11 new songs and an acoustic version of “Bored To Death”. It shows that even without Tom DeLonge they can still write brilliant pop-punk songs. Foreign Fields

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Dublin Gig Guide : 22nd – 28th May 2017

Dublin Gig Guide : 22nd – 28th May 2017 It’s Friday! So, that can only mean one thing here at Sound Training, it’s time for our weekly instalment of our Dublin Gig Guide! This weeks guide comes to you with a heavy heart as this past Wednesday we lost Chris Cornell, lead singer of Soundgarden, Audioslave and more recently Temple of The Dog. Cornell was a powerhouse vocalist and is widely recognised as the voice of a generation. Rising out of the grunge scene in Seattle in the late 1980’s, Soundgarden quickly established themselves as one of the dominating forces,

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New Music Monday – 15th May 2017

Paramore – After Laughter New album from the pop-punk rockers, and this release shows them drift to a more pop oriented album. Swapping their distorted guitars for disco type beats. Check out : Fake Happy & Hard Times The National – The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness After announcing a world tour and new album “Sleep Well Beast” for September, The National dropped their newest single off the upcoming album. The single just goes to show no matter how many albums they put out The National have still got IT and IT doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. Various Artists

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Dublin Gig Guide : 15th – 21st May 2017

With some massive gig news recently as of one of the best alternative rock bands there has ever been announcing two headline shows later this year, The National will play Vicar Street in September as part of a worldwide tour and new album, ‘Sleep Well Beast’ which is also set for release in September! We can’t hide our excitement! Anyway, moving on to this weeks gigs! Two heavyweights kick off the week as we have Take That and Natalie Imbruglia! Take That were one of the most popular boy bands of their generation and probably all time. Performing as a

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New Music Monday – 8th May 2017

Gorillaz – Humanz Previously featured on our New Music Monday, this is the album we have all been waiting for. Took a few listens to get into it, but it really possess all the things we were expecting from Albarn and Co. Check out : Andromeda (feat. D.R.A.M), Saturn Barz (feat. Popcaan) and She’s My Collar (feat. Kali Uchis) Lethal Bizzle – You’ll never make a million from Grime Lethal Bizzle’s latest effort is a must for anyone who is into grime, or trying to expand their musical horizons. Production is fantastic and guest appearances from Skepta & Melissa Steel,

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Dublin Gig Guide : 8th – 14th May

Dublin Gig Guide 8th – 14th May As the sun sets on the best week of the year so far (weather wise) it’s a small reminder that when it’s nice and sunny outside this is the best country in the world! So with that in mind, let’s crack on with this weeks Dublin Gig Guide! A couple of very special shows throughout the week, covering pop, metal, blues and a gig for the fantastic charity Aware! Anyway without further ado, let’s crack on! Monday night sees The Vamps take the stage at the 3 Arena, the young English four-piece began out

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Dublin Gig Guide : 1st – 7th May 2017

Dublin Gig Guide : 1st – 7th May 2017 The weekend is upon once again AND it’s a bank holiday so why not celebrate extended periods off work with our weekly installment of the Dublin Gig Guide! Lots happening over the next week so let’s get straight into it! We’ll kick off on Monday night with While She Sleeps performing in The Academy. The British Metalcore act have recently released their third full-length album earlier this month and are embarking on a month long tour of the UK and Ireland. If Metal is your thing be sure to make it down, similar

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Music Industry Round-Up : April 2017

Sound Training – Industry Round-Up April 2017 Musical things are finally looking up for those of you who have purchased Apple’s new Macbook Pro. With the creation of a new app, the touch bar at the top of the keyboard can now be transformed into a MIDI controller! By downloading an app called MIDI Touchbar, you can use the touch bar as a MIDI controller in your favourite DAW and it also customisable! Get it here! Novation have announced two new products set for release in May and June, Peak synth and Circuit Mono Station Groovebox. Peak is an eight-voice

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New Music Monday – 24th April 2017

Lana Del Ray – Lust For Life (Feat. The Weeknd) Very catchy new track from Lana Del Ray with accompaniment from ‘Starboy’ himself, The Weeknd. Probably not the most similar pairing of artists we’ve ever seen but it works! Wilkinson – Hypnotic ‘Hypnotic’ is the new album from British producer Wilkinson, focusing on modern day electronica fused with classic drum ‘n’ bass beats, and still fits under the radio-pop category. This is his second full-lenght release and we are expecting much more in the future. Paramore – Hard Times The pop-punk giants Paramore are back! After legal trouble with bassist

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Dublin Gig Guide : 24th – 30th April 2017

With a number of big acts recently announced including Paramore, Adam Lambert & Queen, The Hot Sprockets & Imelda May, there’s no better time for this week’s Dublin Gig Guide! Kicking us off on Tuesday evening there’s a very special gig for the people who are looking for some nostalgic Irish punk band Therapy? make their return for an acoustic set!! They will be performing at one of Dublin’s most famous venues, Whelan’s. The band have been together since 1989 and have gone through a small number of line-up changes over the years but are still going strong, and with

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Mix Series Session – Overhead, The Albatross – Time (Hans Zimmer Cover)

Welcome to the Mix Series Session! We were recently joined by Certified Pro Tools Expert Aidan Cunningham, and broadcast a live webinar from Studio 1 in Sound Training Productions. Aidan walked us through how he approached his mix of the track “Time” by Overhead, The Albatross. The song itself is a cover version of Time by Hans Zimmer, taken from the soundtrack of the movie Inception. You can check out the full song in the link below. P.S. If you don’t already know the band, do yourself a favour and check them out. They’re awesome! Now that we know what the song sounds like,

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New Music Monday – 17th April 2017

Kendrick Lamar – DAMN K.Dot’s latest effort, DAMN was released a week after it was rumoured and of course it did not disappoint. Kendrick ticks all the boxes with this both lyrically and musically. Also this is his second appearance on New Music Monday so must be doing something right! Check out : D.N.A, Loyalty & Element. Royal Blood – Light’s Out Alternative rock from Brighton, England. The two-piece create a fantastically dense sound with only the two of them. Their tight drums and distored guitars remind one of Wolfmother or Priestess. The lads also have a new album coming June

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Dublin Gig Guide – 17th -23rd April

Dublin Gig Guide – 17th -23rd April We’re back again with our weekly instalment of the Dublin Gig Guide! All the best headline shows from around the city all in one place! After the mania that was Ed Sheeran in the 3 Arena, this week is substantially quieter for big name acts, but none the less we have a number of fantastic shows throughout the week for you to sink your teeth into! Kicking us off on Monday we have Mutefish, an amalgamation of musicians from Ireland, Poland, Portugal, Lithuania and Ukraine. They categorise themselves as Progressive/Techno/Folk, so make of that

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New Music Monday – 10th April 2017

TINIE TEMPAH – FIND ME (FEAT. JAKE BUGG) With a new album scheduled for release later this week, “Find Me” is the latest single from the new album, with additional vocals from Jake Bugg this for me is one of the best singles from the album so far. BLAENAVON – THAT’S YOUR LOT Great debut album from British-trio Blaenavon. Indie guitars and emotive vocals that remind one of Bombay Bicycle Club, could an indie/alternative revival be on the cards? Check out : Alice Come Home, Swans & Take Care ASTRID S. – BLOODSTREAM Norwegian Astrid S has a number of

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Dublin Gig Guide : 10th – 16th April

Dublin Gig Guide 10th – 16th April It’s that time of the week again, our weekly instalment of the Dublin Gig Guide! This week we have a varied selection of gigs for you to sink your teeth into! It’s Easter this week so Good Friday means no pubs or clubs will be open but fear not as the people behind one of the best one day festivals are putting on the BD festival again this year. A huge variation of artists will be performing at the Glendalough location, including Huxley, Format : B, Heroes In Hiding, Smash Hits, Jimmy Rouge to

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New Music Monday – 3rd April 2017

alt-j – In Cold Blood A sneak peak of their upcoming album release that’s due in June, “In Cold Blood” is a classic alt-j track, jangling guitar parts, binary code, horn sections, drum rolls and plenty of la la la la la la’s. Kendrick Lamar – Humble Piano driven hip-hop from one of the best in the game at the minute. Kendrick teased us a few weeks ago when he released a debut single “The Heart Part 4” from his new album. “Humble” is the follow up single to and has an accompanying video. April 7th has been rumoured to be

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Dublin Gig Guide : 3rd – 9th April

Dublin Gig Guide : 3rd – 9th April It’s that time of the week again where we provide you with all the information you need for the upcoming weeks gigs! A seriously good selection of gigs this week as always, loads of gigs to cover so let’s get started! Starting us off on Monday the 3rd, Olly Murs the former X-Factor runner-up brings his latest tour the the 3 Arena for a one-off show! Murs hit the big time after coming second on the popular reality show The X-Factor, and his career has grown massively since then. Achieving major label

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Music Industry Round-Up : March 2017

Sound Training Industry Round-Up March 2017 So as March draws to a close let’s have a look at some of the main talking points that happened throughout the month, there was some interesting developments with the hardware side of things as a very popular drum machine manufacturer said they would not be updating there flagship product, whereas on the other hand a reliable well-known cheaper alternative brand were discussing the release of their first hardware synth based on the MiniMoog! Dave Smith Instruments have decided to end their development of it’s Tempest Drum Machine after 6 years on the market.

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Dublin Gig Guide : 27th March – 2nd April

Dublin Gig Guide : 27th March – 2nd April   We are back here at Sound Training to bring you all the hottest gigs from around the capital! Another great week this week of eclectic gigs to suit all tastes! After a jam packed week last week with shows from All Time Low, Jack Savoretti, some of the Dave Matthews Band and more this week will be no different so lets get into it! Kicking us off on Monday night we have Car Seat Headrest, an American Indie Rock group who are making waves with their laid-back style of alternative

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Recording Guitar Amps : A Basic Guide

The faithful guitar, whether it is an electric or an acoustic, the guitar makes an appearance on almost every song ever recorded. Even for electronic productions, many of the melodies, hooks and riffs will be fleshed out first on the guitar then transferred over. Along with the developments in recording equipment, recording guitar has become as easy as turning on a light switch. All you need is a guitar, an audio interface and a computer. The easiest way to get a simple guitar part recorded would be to go straight from the guitar into the interface, which then goes to

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Dublin Gig Guide : 20th – 26th March

Dublin Gig Guide 20th – 26th March 2017 Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you all from everyone here at Sound Training! Get your green on and make the most of it whether you are heading into the parade in town or just taking it easy with a few friends, be sure to stay safe and enjoy it most of it! This week we will continue to bring you the what’s what around the city with out weekly Dublin Gig Guide! Unwind this week after the Paddy’s Day madness with our help. Starting off the week we have American pop-punkers All-Time-Low

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Dublin Gig Guide : 13th – 19th March

Dublin Gig Guide 13th – 19th March Paddy’s Day as we all know is the 17th March which is Friday week, as always there will be an abundance of live music and events throughout the city around the 16th and continuing for that weekend, but we are here to provide you with all the headline acts from around the city for the days leading up to St. Patrick’s Day so lets get into it! Starting us off this week is The Gloaming and as mentioned last week they will be playing to another sold-out crowd on Monday the 13th of

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Top 5 Freeware Synth Plugins

Everybody loves free stuff, there’s no questioning that and with the amount of money that we spend on our music equipment it’s nice to be able to indulge ourselves with something free. This article is going to go through a quick run-through of some of the best known and highest quality free software synths there is on the market today. This is just a few of the 100’s of free synths there is so be sure to check out some of the others if none of these tickle your fancy, that being said, we are sure that you can find

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Dublin Gig Guide : 6th- 12th March

Dublin Gig Guide – 6th – 12th March 2017 We’re back with our weekly Dublin Gig Guide providing you with all the information you’ll need to plan this weeks gigs around Dublin City! So let’s get started, kicking off the week on Monday evening we have a double header of Irish performances, of very different nature albeit. In the National Concert Hall we have contemporary Irish supergroup The Gloaming are performing the first of a seven gig stint, all of which are sold out! Formed in 2011 the supergroup has expanded the roots of traditional Irish music and developed it

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Music Tech Industry Round-Up February 2017

Sound Training Industry Roundup – February 2017 A new blog post for you! We will be starting a new entry every month here at Sound Training where we will be summarising events of that previous month with a short round-up of whats gone on. From new synths, to software updates and new equipment, software and plugins! Your one stop shop to keep with with all things music tech! Spitfire Audio have recent released a brand new string library! Many of you will be familiar with Spitfire Audio’s previous stuff, Albino, Hans Zimmer Piano, Dustbundle etc. This new release is in collaboration

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Dublin Gig Guide 27th February – 5th March

    Dublin Gig Guide 27th February – 5th March 2017 It’s the Dublin Gig Guide back once again on this fine Friday afternoon! We’re here to give you all the info you need for this weeks upcoming gigs to help ease you into the weekend! Good variety of gigs around the city this week. Starting off the week with their second successive sold out show at the Olympia is Elbow, playing another sold out show on Monday night, if you didn’t catch a ticket you can still catch them in Cork during the week as tickets are still available

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Dublin Gig Guide 20th – 26th February

Dublin Gig Guide 20th – 26th February It’s Friday and that can mean only one thing…It’s the Dublin Gig Guide brought to you by Sound Training! As the year progresses on more and more headline gigs are being announced every week, Arcade Fire announced a massive show in Malahide Castle later on this year and it is sure to be a great show as they haven’t performed in Ireland since 2014! Also announced is a string of mouth-watering gigs this summer all set to take place over the span of 5 days. Acts announced include Pixies, Fangclub, Bell X1, Alt-J

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Plugin Presets

So you’ve just bought a brand new shiny plugin and you can’t wait to start using it in your tracks, so where is the best place to start? Loading up a preset and seeing what the plugin can do of course! This is all well and good but from experience I know that people can get very comfortable with using presets, I know this because I myself am guilty of it! Many will find it the simplest solution to getting a sound that they desire instead of doing what we all really should be doing as creative artists and dissecting

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Festival Management

Festival Management Graduate Wins Prestigious Award

Irish Festival Awards: Best New Festival We’re always delighted to hear of our graduates achieving success in the industry, as so many do. So we were particularly happy to hear that one of the graduates from our Festival Management & Sound Production course had won the prestigious “Best New Festival” award at the Irish Festival Awards for 2016, announced just recently. The festival in question, Lúnasa was in good company, with the likes of Electric Picnic, Longitude & Rory Gallagher Tribute Festival all picking up awards too. Lúnasa is a Gaelic festival marking the beginning of harvest season, taking place

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Dublin Gig Guide : 13th – 16th February

Dublin Gig Guide 13th – 16th February 2017 Hello and welcome back to our weekly Dublin Gig Guide brought to you by Sound Training! All the weeks best gigs from all around the city! First off kicking us off on Valentines Day is Australian singer-songwriter & multi-instrumentalist Carla dal Forno playing in the intimate setting of the Grand Social. Her album debut album “You Know What It’s Like” has been described as “ Smokey and ominous” as well as inhibiting the gloom into her tracks”. Minimal in nature, it should make sure an interesting gig! Next up on Wednesday evening,

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A Guide To Buying A Computer For Music Production

Be sure to check out a full list of Sound Engineering & Music Production courses we offer both online and in a classic classroom environment at Sound Training Online & Sound Training College! At the heart and soul of every recording studio is of course the computer. Some people may argue that we rely too much on computers these days but the way technology has developed and is constantly developing it is hard to shy away from the need to keep on top of computer changes and upgrades, it is in the best interest for you as a music producer. The brainchild

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Dublin Gig Guide : 6th February – 12th February

Dublin Gig Guide 6th February – 12th February It’s that time of the week once more! We here at Sound Training are back with our weekly Gig Guide for all the info you need for all the best shows around the city for the up and coming week! First up on Monday evening at the Olympia Theatre, we have Icelandic folk-rockers Kaleo playing at 8PM, Kaleo have gathered a massive fan base over the last 2 or 3 years proving that there is more great Icelandic music out there other than Sigúr Rós! Again showing that they ain’t going anywhere

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Dublin Gig Guide : 29th January – 5th February

Dublin Gig Guide 29th January – 5th February  We’re back with this weeks Dublin Gig Guide! Everything you need to plan the weeks gigs! Kicking off this week we have a fantastic show in Vicar Street with Fun Lovin’ Criminals! The Scooby snackers will be playing all the hits and it’s not one to miss! Doors at 7PM, tickets are still available at €35! Next up on Thursday night we have Exmagician from Belfast. Things are looking good for the Belfast rockers, with a number of shows booked in Ireland and the UK throughout February Exmagician are ones to keep an

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Stereo Recording Techniques

Stereo microphone recording techniques are commonly used in the recording process and can offer great flexibility and advantages to recording specific elements. Imagine you have landed a session in a church recording a 15-piece choir for example, you are hardly going to set up 15 individual microphones and lug along a desk or interface with enough channels for the session, it’s unrealistic, unnecessary and a huge amount of work. Employing one of the many different stereo recording techniques can be much simpler, faster and you can achieve high quality recordings with minimum mics. Below we are going to go through some

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Dublin Gig Guide : 23rd January – 29th January 2017

Dublin Gig Guide : 23rd January – 29th January 2017 I’m not sure about you, but I have got that Friday Feeling! That means it’s time again for our weekly Dublin Gig Guide! We’re here to give you all the information you’ll need to plan the weeks gigs accordingly! So let’s get started! Kicking off the week on Monday evening, we have four-time Grammy award winner Olivia Newton-John performing with special guests in the National Concert Hall, doors for this one are at 8PM so make sure to get down early! Tuesday night the Sugar Club hosts a very special

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Dublin Gig Guide : 16th – 22nd January 2017

Dublin Gig Guide 16th – 22nd January  We’re back with our weekly instalment of the Dublin Gig Guide brought to you by Sound Training Online! Fairly busy week for gigs around the city, and we have all the info you’ll need to plan the week accordingly! First off we have Kentucky rockers Cage The Elephant performing in The Academy on Monday night, followed by singer-songwriter Martha Wainwright playing Vicar Street the following night. Two different styles of music but both should draw big crowds and both gigs will be great! Wednesday night is one for fans of the heavier style

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Dublin Gig Guide 7th – 15th January 2017

Dublin Gig Guide 7th January -15th January First off let me wish everyone a happy new year! Hopefully 2017 will be one to remember as 2016 was one to forget music wise 🙁 Anyway not to dwell on the past lets crack on, as the case can be with this time of the year there is a number of gigs on over the next week but the quality is not what is to be desired, but there are some good things happening so let’s get into it! Kicking off the weekend we have a big double header for the metal

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Guitar Amp Emulation – Software & Hardware

Guitar amp simulators, loved by many, loathed by many. You can not be a guitarist in society today without hearing names such as Kemper, AmpliTube, Guitar Rig, the list goes on. As many of us have delved into recording at home with our own reasonably/not so reasonably sized bedroom/garage home studios, the idea of having a room dedicated solely to building up a collection of high quality tube and solid state guitar amps and heads, loads of effects and rack mounted gear has for the most part, been dashed. Many of us, can find solace with the number of hardware

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Dublin Gig Guide : 19th – 31st December 2016

Dublin Gig Guide 19th December 2016 – 31st December 2016 We are back with our final chapter of the Dublin Gig Guide for 2016, brought to you by Sound Training Online! Over the month there has been so much going on around the city it’s been tough to decide what to pick. Plenty of music, comedy, theatre shows and musicals over the Christmas period for all the family and we are sure that there will be something on for everyone of all ages! Kicking us off for the Christmas period we have the always fantastic Christy Moore playing in the

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Expect Delays – A Brief Insight Into Delay

Delay In today’s ever growing realm of technological advancements, Delay has maintained its crown as one of the most effective and versatile audio effects there is. Delay, at its simplest, is a delayed or repeated audio signal that is fed back into itself. The sound is recorded, stored and then is played back after a certain length of time, which is determined by the setting on the Delay unit. Delay units possess many parameters that can help alter and manipulate the sound. Delay is commonly used on multiple elements including, but not limited to, Vocals, Guitars, and even Drums! Delay

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Dublin Gig Guide : 12th – 18th December

Dublin Gig Guide 12th – 18th December It’s that time of the week again! The time where we create happiness and cheers amongst you all with our weekly instalment of our Dublin Gig Guide!  Your weekly supply of all the best gigs happening in Dublin for the next week! Quiet enough this week early on, but as the weekend draws closer there is a huge amount of stuff going on around the city! Again, this week showcases quite a number of home-grown Irish acts proving that Dublin is continuous with its support of Irish music! Monday kicks off with a

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Dublin Gig Guide : 5th – 11th December

Dublin Gig Guide 5th – 11th December We’re back this week with our Dublin Gig Guide! This week sees a large number of homegrown talent as well as international starts gracing our shores! Starting off the week we have punk-rockers Pierce the Veil performing the first of two shows in Dublin this week before the head back to the States for a number of shows before Christmas. Also on Monday night english rock outfit Ocean Colour Scene play the first of their two shows as well this week, and both gigs are on in the Olympia which is the perfect

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creative audio tools

Students and Lecturers present their Creative Audio Projects

Here at Sound Training, we love our recording studios; nothing excites us more than a fancy new piece of analog gear! However, we also appreciate and embrace the opportunities that technological developments are bringing to our industry. Producers, engineers and composers can now develop their own new creative audio tools as synths, effects and plugins. CSound Conference This potential was highlighted last weekend at a conference hosted by NUI Maynooth (thanks to Iain McCurdy for organising), celebrating the audio programming language Csound. A number of our students and staff presented their work to the world’s best Academics, Composers, Sound Designers

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Christmas discount

Christmas Deals on Intro Courses

With Christmas fast approaching, we’re offering a 20% discount on some of our introductory courses. Gift the gift of learning this Christmas! We’re getting into the Christmas spirit here in Sound Training College, and to spread the Christmas cheer (and education), we’re offering 20% discounts on our introductory courses. We have a wide variety of courses on offer with something to suit all interests (provided they’re interested in music!) Our gift voucher range is the perfect way to start someone on the path of learning more about something they love, discovering a new hobby, or maybe even a new career! Range

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Dublin Gig Guide : 28th November – 4th December 2016

As December creeps into our midst, we can still delay the entire Christmas shenanigans for another week or two at least! Thankfully you can distract yourself from the big fella’ in the red suit with our next instalment of our weekly Dublin Gig Guide! Easing us into the week on Monday night we have a sold out performance by Glen Hansard and his full band in none other than Vicar Street. The performance will include strings and brass so you can expect it to be a different gig in comparison to his solo shows! Always giving everything in any performance the

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Dublin Gig Guide : 20th – 27th November 2016

This week the Sound Training Online Dublin gig guide brings you an eclectic mix of all things live! First off, on Monday night Paul Simon will follow hot on the heels of Rod Stewart, and will be performing at the 3Arena in promotion of his newest release “Stranger to Stranger” which has been available on shelves since June. Tuesday night sees the 3Arena play host again but this time to Jess Glynne as she brings her familiar style of indie pop to Ireland for her biggest headline show on the island to date, be sure to check out both gigs if you can! On Wednesday night, *The Helix

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Understanding Reverb

Reverb is an essential tool in the arsenal of both the Sound Engineer and the Producer alike. It wasn’t until the late 1930’s that the first artificial reverb was created, which finally enabled the Sound Engineer to control and shape the sound of reverb. Skip forward to 1976, where the next big milestone in the history of Reverb belongs to EMT, as they created the world’s first digital reverb unit, the “EMT 250″. As the years went by, more and more companies began to develop and release their own styles of reverb units, each one with its own unique sounds

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Dublin Gig Guide : 14th – 20th November 2016

Rod Stewart rolls back into town this week with two headline shows on Friday and Saturday evening at the 3Arena, both kicking off at 6.30pm. Be sure to get in early as no doubt it will be packed once those doors open! This week also sees French cover specialists Nouvelle Vague take to the Button Factory stage on Wednesday night. The Button Factory also plays host to Dublin-based duo We Cut Corners on Saturday night, who will be performing their own take on alternative indie rock. Be sure to check them out if you can! It was a tough one to

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Expanding your Education – Stories from students and lecturers alike

Here at STC we primarily deal in teaching students about the practical and theoretical aspects of the music industry, but it doesn’t stop there. We encourage students and staff alike to continue on their educational journeys, and strive to facilitate this as best we can. Over the past year we have helped numerous students and lecturers achieve a diverse range of fantastic opportunities to improve both their education and career options. Education can be costly, so we provide help and guidance to students researching and applying for any financial scholarships and programmes that we can. Here is an excerpt of

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The Best Music Production Software

Music Production Software, known as Digital Audio Workstations (or DAWs for short), come in many shapes and sizes, and at a variety of different prices. When starting out a Music Producer, selecting a DAW can be quite a daunting and intimidating experience. After all, this is potentially your future livelihood we’re talking about here! Selecting one as your creative outlet is a big decision. Therefore, one of the most frequently asked questions within the music tech industry is : “What is the best DAW on the market?”. The question has led to many a debate, and sometimes even arguments (seriously,

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songwriting basics

International Student Experience

Dublin is one of the best places in the world for International Students. Culture, atmosphere, live music and a wide range of festivals make Dublin the city it is. But while all of these are great reasons to study in Dublin, the quality of education and experience is of course the most important. Here at Sound Training College we offer a range of courses for International students, tailored to provide the knowledge and experience necessary to start your career in the music industry. “I don’t think there’s another course in the world that gives you more hands-on experience on a

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Student Experience Update – April 2016

Updates on the latest goings on around Sound Training College including Searchlight 2016, moving home, launching of the Music Academy and guest lecture masterclasses.

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songwriting class

Melody

The Melody of a song is what sets it apart from all others. Melodies often contain the Hook of the song, which is essentially a memorable musical phrase designed to peak the listeners interest. Where certain Chord Progressions have been used in countless songs throughout the years, the various Melodies in these songs is what makes them unique and stand apart from one another. In the following video, professional Songwriter and Sound Training Online tutor Richey McCourt, takes a look at the extremely popular song “I Really Like You” by Carly Rae Jepsen. We will see how a relatively ordinary

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Graduate Interview Series – Fergal Davis

After a hectic few months getting ready for the new academic year, moving into the new building, upgrading the old building and just generally being really busy, we’ve finally gotten around to putting together the next entry in our Graduate Interview Series with the accomplished and very talented Fergal Davis, highly regarded Mastering engineer and STC lecturer.

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Parallel Processing

Parallel Processing has been used by both Sound Engineers and Music Producers in search of the perfect mix for many years. Its uses vary from subtly adding more presence to certain elements within a mix, to creating bold new sonic textures and effects.

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Creative Use Of White Noise

“Through the creative use of Envelopes, Filters and Effects, we can shape White Noise in order to create lots of different sonic textures.”

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Graduate Interview Series – Philip Magee

We continue our series of interviews with Sound Training College graduates this month with Philip Magee. Philip graduated in 2002 and has gone from strength to strength since then. We caught up with him to discuss freelance engineering, hard work and water fights.

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Warping in Ableton Live

In the pre-Warping era, altering the tempo (or playback speed) of a piece of audio would also alter the pitch. Slowing down audio would lower the pitch, where speeding up audio would raise the pitch.

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Graduate Interview Series – Michael Heffernan

This post is the first in a series of interviews that will be conducted with alumni of Sound Training College over the coming months. The interviews are a great way to catch up with former students and see what they are doing now. There really is an interesting diversity of paths that have been followed, which we intend to showcase with this interview series. So if you’re wondering about where Sound Training College can bring you, make sure you check out each edition of this series. Michael Heffernan is a Sound Engineer / Producer from Dublin, who has been working

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Second Term STC Student Experience Update

Live Sound, Lighting & Stage Production It’s a busy time for the live class students as the pre-production rehearsals for Searchlight 2015 get under way in The Button Factory. They have been mapping out the venue for the main and acoustic stage set-ups. Over the next few weeks leading up to the Searchlight Show on March 25th, each band will come in and spend 2 days with the students working out their stage show, both audio and visual. One of the bands Luna Luna are pictured here making use of the BRAND NEW SOUND TRAINING DRUM SKIN! (Which we’re very excited

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First Term STC Student Experience Update

It has been a busy first term here at the Sound Training College! Here is an idea of what our students get up to day to day here in Temple Bar…

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Music Theory – It’s Important To Know The Basics

Music Theory is an often over-looked area of Music Production. I know this because I have been guilty of overlooking it in the past myself. One of the most frustrating aspects of Music Production is developing a track that you are really happy with, but then hitting a wall and not knowing how to progress the track further.

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Hit Song Deconstruction – ‘Hey Brother’ by Avicii

What makes a song a hit? There are a whole host of factors to consider, however there is no definitive method. You can talk about production techniques, larger than life artists, endless marketing budgets etc., but at the end of the day if the song doesn’t sound good musically then it’s never going to get off the ground. The Track Deconstruction series by Sound Training Online is stripping back popular tracks by well known artists and having a look at how they are put together. The series will focus on Music Theory, as opposed to Production Techniques in order to

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