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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

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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


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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pro-tools lessons

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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warp-modes ableton

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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music courses

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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Music Production Course

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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electronic music production

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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