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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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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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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, Orbital

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Graduate Series Interview – 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 working

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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.

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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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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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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

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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 Online 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

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Dublin Gig Guide : 6th – 12th March 2017

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

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Dublin Gig Guide : 27th February – 5th March 2017

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 for that!

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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

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A Guide To Buying A Computer For Music Production

  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 of everything in the studio, your computer is one if not, the most important pieces of equipment you will purchase for recording. With that in mind we have decided to

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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

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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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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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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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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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