RMIT

Changing of the Guard...

In my fourteen (!) years teaching and lecturing at RMIT University’s Sound Production program in Audio Engineering I have had the pleasure to meet many wonderful people. But the time comes when creative choices begin to outweigh the financial decisions made prior to meet the needs of parenting and raising two children. In 2020 there will be a Changing of the Guard so to speak as I reduce my teaching tenure to a few days per week allowing more time for making records and playing jazz. Academic life has regrettably supported a focus on narrower and narrower aspects that underly our creativity, so I now yearn to address this imbalance. Over the next year my graduate from many years ago and now colleague, Mark Kelson will be gradually prepared to take over the duties I shall step away from. This gives me great pleasure to know the program I have developed with a wonderful team of others will remain in hands that are inspired and engaged in the art of engineering… whilst I again focus upon actual creativity. I need to acknowledge and pay utmost respect to my fellow team members at RMIT who have been absolute stalwarts in the success of this program: Michael “Smasha” Pollard, Timothy Johnston, John Phillips and Paul Thomas. Previous program managers Jen Anderson and Bruce Jacques were also instrumental in both developing this program but importantly assembling this particular team of awarded engineers and creators; all of whom are still fully engaged outside of their teaching roles. Thank you x

Mark Kelson and I in Studio One, featuring the 1st NEVE Genesys console in AUST.

Mark Kelson and I in Studio One, featuring the 1st NEVE Genesys console in AUST.

HARRISON @ RMIT Sound Production

If you've been following my previous Blogs this month there is clearly a buzz around the new DAW package from HARRISON CONSOLES entitled Mixbus32C. I am extremely pleased to announce that RMIT University's SOUND PRODUCTION program has entered into an education partnership with Harrison, which enables the inclusion of the Mixbus packages into the training collection delivered across the two year Advanced Diploma. Besides allowing the next generation of audio engineers to fully appreciate the differences between DAW software there are also financial benefits made available to current students wishing to purchase the software. All HD studios at RMIT within the Sound Production program will see the installation of Mixbus32C and the Essential plugin bundle over the next few weeks, with audio-focused teaching and learning computer labs already running the packages for compatibility testing.

This is a first for RMIT Sound Production, which continues to remain as the premier industry-supported program delivering this form of study. Thank you to the wonderful attitudes to education and the amazing support from Harrison Consoles, Nashville TN, USA.

Neve Genesys

RMIT Sound Production proudly houses our flagship console in Studio 1; Neve's Genesys. The last week has seen "her" take on some upgrades and servicing, including a new system computer. The console is now the best "she" has ever been. Sonic Velvet! 

Old PC removed

Old PC removed

One of the best boards available

One of the best boards available

Great Wall of AVID

RMIT Sound Production took delivery of three HD-X 3 systems to upgrade our TDM studios. This will see the program remain the premier place of study in the field of audio engineering in AU with not only amazing staff but up to date tools to teach with. Now for the upgrade process - speak to me in a couple of weeks and I'll let you know how it's gone :)

Michael "Smasha" Pollard

Michael "Smasha" Pollard

The RED DOOR Series 2013

We have commenced the 2013 RED DOOR live recordings of jazz and roots music at Bennett's Lane in Melbourne. Last night saw Adam Levy and Shelly X with Tony Floyd and Jonathan Zion play mostly original tunes to a packed house. Quite simply; superb. See Bennett's website for upcoming shows and get your butt down so you cheering can be heard on the next recording!

Shelly Segal, Adam Levy, Jonathan Zion & Tony Floyd

Shelly Segal, Adam Levy, Jonathan Zion & Tony Floyd

Studio Rebuilds

It certainly has to be the most stressful process known to anyone in the audio field; rebuilding a studio. I am still a day or so away from completing my own having moved, albeit only a klm or two. Tomorrow the Sound Production team from RMIT begins the NEVE Genesys fit-out for Studio 1 and it promises to be a major rebuild. Every loom, every patch-bay, even the studio furniture will require disassembly to accommodate the new console from England. I'll send some feedback over the next few days as both RMIT and ToKwerX studios approach readiness for 2012. Hint: For all those contemplating a career in audio engineering never underestimate the number of occasions you will find yourself crawling into tight spaces in order to connect something, with barely enough room to turn a screwdriver, let alone swing that cat! But we DO love it. The very first moment sound is emitted from any new studio is a magical moment worth cherishing.