The Streets Soundcheck

Aisling Kiely

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On Friday 25th January, Stuart Avery invited 20 Studio & Live and Sound Engineering & Design students to attend The Streets soundcheck at the 02 Apollo Manchester.

With last-minute checks and tuning well underway, the students took to the stage to observe the impressive set-up.  Looking at everything from mic placement to speaker systems, students got a real feel for the live environment.

After checking things out for themselves, Monitor Engineer, Franc stepped in. She spoke to the students about her role, and walked them through the desk.

Eager to find out more about the PA system, students questions were answered by FOH Engineer, John Pennington.

From the type of DAW he uses and the pyschoacoustics of the venue, to adapting to the needs of Mike Skinner and so much more, John offered plenty of useful tips.

But it didn’t stop there.

The students also had the chance to speak to the System Technician and Playback Technician about the software applications and networking configurations of the PA system too.

All in all, the soundcheck was far from a disappointment. And, it’s fair to say the students received more than they bargained for.

Rehearsing a surprise performance, students also had a sneak preview of their latest song, Call Me in the Morning.

Looking back on the day, Stuart Avery shared some of his thoughts –

“It was a fantastic afternoon, and an amazing opportunity for our students to see all the different facets of live sound engineering, that they have learnt about on their course, being applied in the real-world environment of a major tour production.

Massive thanks to everyone on The Streets team for welcoming us into their working environment. It was such a brilliant experience for our students!”

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