This past Sunday we were invited to take a group of 10 SSR students down to The Warehouse Project in Manchester for an exclusive tour of the venue's production and watch New Order soundcheck ahead of their evening performance.
Students from a number of SSR courses jumped at the chance to attend and met Live Sound tutor Jay Beard at the doors before being ushered into the WHP venue which, for anyone unfamiliar, is located in a former air raid shelter under Manchester's Piccadilly railway station.
New Order were playing the second of two sold out nights at the venue, with each night featuring Erol Alkan, Factory Floor and acclaimed Manchester DJ Will Tramp! among the support acts.Jay Beard - SSR Head of Live Sound:"We entered the venue as the crew were line checking and heard all the sounds off stage being checked. A short time later New Order arrived and ran through a few songs. The main issue being faced by the engineers was that during the band's performance on the previous night, there were some very low resonances on stage that were adversely affecting the band's performance and monitoring. This issue was due the array of Front of House subs underneath the stage. We were able to witness how the crew overcame the problem by cutting out some sub frequencies to clean up the sound.
Once everyone was happy, the band performed a mixture of old and new songs and it was a real treat to hear the classic Blue Monday being played to our students.
It's great to be able to offer this kind of inspirational trip - the students get so much from connecting to the professionals in this way and it's invaluable for them to see how large scale, high profile shows are put together and how the engineers overcome some of the problems that can be posed by temporary event spaces."
Regular visitors to the SSR website will be aware that field trips such as this make up an integral part of our course delivery and ability to offer access all areas experiences to our students. Previous live sound trips have included The Prodigy
, Girls Aloud, Westlife, Elbow and many more.
We would like pay a big thank you to Damian (Stage Manager), Jerry (Monitor Engineer) and Diane (FoH Engineer) for sharing some of their valuable time with our students, all The Warehouse Project staff and management for facilitating the visit, and particularly Tommy Chapman (who recently recorded
in our Spirit Studio) from New Order who was kind enough to invite us along.
Find out more about our dedicated Live Sound courses via the links below:Live Sound EngineeringStudio & Live Music Production BSc (Hons)
Photo Credits/Thanks: Jay Beard & Zak Glynn