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12 l May 2014

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GAINING KNOWLEDGE. Raising your game. Upskilling. Becoming the product champion, the go-to person, the guru. Expertise is an important commodity in the pro-audio sector. And we can help you access it. Starting this month, PSNTraining (PSNT) is our three- way vehicle to bring you what’s going on in the training world. PSNT comprises a newsletter and a website – launching later in May – supported by this editorial page, every month in the print edition. PSNTraining will highlight courses, projects, online packages, teaching seminars, demo days and more. In fact, any enterprise that points you in the direction of essential knowledge, honing your skills or just practical advice. Online, we will be hosting videos, white papers, a diary of forthcoming events and other resources, as well as regular news and announcements concerning any and all the training opportunity information we can get our hands on. We will also be inviting thought-leaders, trainers and others ‘in the know’ to share their wisdom and advice about a range of subjects. In fact, if you’d think you can contribute, why not drop me a line at my usual email address? Watch out for the newsletter soon!


By Murray Stassen

CEDAR has installed a state- of-the-art training facility at its Cambridge headquarters in the UK. The facility, which is equipped with three fully-expanded CEDAR Cambridge processing systems, can be used to train up to four students at a time.

Students can take advantage of hands-on product training that will equip them to tackle audio restoration for remastering, archives and libraries, problem-solving in post-production and broadcast and forensic casework. Alan French, senior trainer for CEDAR’s forensic division, says: “We use the room for training customers, and to keep our dealers up-to-date so that they are better able to support their own customers. We have had very positive feedback from both.“ All training courses are certificated and run for 1–3 days depending on the level of training required. Initial CEDAR Cambridge courses are free of additional charge with the purchase of a CEDAR Cambridge system, and advanced courses are also available.

CEDAR Studio

Gordon Reid, managing director of CEDAR, adds: “For practical reasons, we decided to tailor the courses for individual requirements and to hold them when requested rather than creating a formal schedule. “Given that all our trainers – whether in the entertainment or forensic and security arenas – are very experienced employees who have been involved in specifying the products, evaluating them during development and using them on significant projects once released, there’s no need for them to read from a script, and the tailored approach has proved to be by far the most productive and useful for the end-users.”


By Murray Stassen

UK-based event production training centre Backstage Academy became the first training institution to exhibit at Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt this year. PR and marketing manager Rachel Esson says: “On the first two days of the show, we took enquiries for training from professionals from Taiwan, South Africa, Japan, Russia, Kenya, Switzerland, Germany and the UK. “Whether we speak to college tutors, venue-owners or technicians, the response has been the same throughout the show: ‘We need this kind of training in our country.’”

Backstage Academy has now announced the launch of a new BS 7909 course. The two-day course is aimed at people working in the entertainment and events industry who want to gain an understanding of temporary electrical systems. BS 7909 standards were introduced in 2008 and are increasingly cited by venues as the minimum requirement for those working on the electrical systems to ensure compliance.

Backstage Academy technical director Gareth Welbourn says: “With the development of new technologies in our industry, we are working in an increasingly ‘plug and play’ environment where it is easy to become complacent about electrical design.

The Backstage Academy team, joined by visitors from South Africa, at PL+S

A demonstration of the correct handling of a temporary electrical system

“The BS 7909 course Backstage Academy is offering should be very appealing to all who work with such systems to understand and ensure their safe operation.”

In other Backstage Academy news, David Hughes has been appointed as work placement manager. “Many of my students have used their training and work placements to progress into leading roles within our industry,” says Hughes.


The Sennheiser Sound Academy launched a new RF Expert course in February, set to run until September 2014. The course will see 23 wireless professionals from the worldwide Sennheiser organisation receive further training to become RF experts in order to support their customers in the planning and execution of large events involving wireless technology. The first on-site training session took place from 24 to 28 February in Wedemark. Sennheiser Sound Academy manager Kirsten Wessendorf foresees that RF training will become more and more crucial due to the extensive wireless microphone systems that are present at cultural

DIARY 6, 8 and 13 May

Soundcraft Vi Series showcase Where: Sound Technology, Letchworth Garden City, Herts Notes: Showcase of Vi3000 console, v4.8 software update for existing Vi consoles and Soundcraft Realtime Rack 6 May

APRS event Where: Abbey Road Studio 3, London, UK Notes: Stefan Bock of Pure Audio Germany will discuss the use of the Blu-ray format for high-resolution audio-only releases

8, 9 and 22 May 9–10 July

Calrec Apollo console training Where: Kensington Hilton, London, UK Notes: One-day sessions on the desk, panels, wiring, operation, DSP, network and rack modules, plus any application questions.

22 May

and sports events, TV shows and large concert tours as well as the increasing complexity of the production environment.

“Also, the production team at big events is very international, with many different groups of professionals working together. For that reason, intercultural training is a fixed part of the expert course,” adds Wessendorf. The 23 participants in the course come from 14 countries and following the on-site week of training at the company’s headquarters, they will continue to be coached by experienced local tutors in their region. Two further on-site training sessions will round off the RF Expert training programme before it finishes in September.

Microphone techniques workshop with DPA Where: LMC Audio Systems, London Notes: Focus will be on mic techniques for the live environment and how this crosses over into recording studio situations

A range of commercial packages are available: Contact advertising manager, Ryan O’Donnell,

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