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Graduate Interview Series – Alex Borwick

Alex is a graduate of our Sound Engineering & Music Production diploma course and he was kind enough to take some time out of his very busy schedule to meet us and have a quick chat! He talked about his time here and also gave his expert opinion of our brand new BA (Hons) Audio Production & Music Project Management course! Ran in collaboration with Dublin Business School, students can experience the best of many different aspects of the music industry and in particular, focusing on ‘real-world’ industry projects. Since graduating, Alex has been going from strength to strength in his

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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: 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: 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: 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: 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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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 : 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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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 : 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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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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