Music Industry

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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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