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Jay Beard
Head of Live Sound
Manchester
Last Update: 19.06.15
On Tour With Elbow: Another Sunrise With My Sad Captains
SSR Manchester - Jay Beard, Head of Live Sound

POSTED ON – 17.07.14

Live Venue Rebuild


We recently had a new floor installed in the Live Venue at SSR Manchester as the old one was getting a bit tatty. The new floor is hard wearing and should stand up to plenty of abuse from the moving of chairs, tables and equipment that happens from time to time.

In order to install the new floor we had to strip out all the gear, including the FOH mixing consoles, stage monitor desk and backline equipment.

When everything had been removed it was quite strange down there, all empty and reverberant.

Big thanks to Jimbo, Nick, Matt from SSR and my students Will, John Paul and Baldur for all their help getting everything out and back in again. I’m really pleased with how it's turned out, the room looks and sounds great and feels much more spacious somehow.

Check out the timelapse video below to see us scurrying around like ants putting the venue back together once the floor had been installed. Pretty cool!



Jay Beard
Posts

POSTED ON – 19.06.15

On Tour With Elbow: Another Sunrise With My Sad Captains

POSTED ON – 25.03.15

End of The Road(House)

POSTED ON – 09.12.14

Lily Allen Apollo Student Visit

POSTED ON – 09.12.14

Chappers (New Order) in the House

POSTED ON – 09.10.14

Bankswood Inspire Festival 2014

POSTED ON – 17.07.14

Live Venue Rebuild

POSTED ON – 16.07.14

UCLan Graduation Day

POSTED ON – 08.07.14

Get set for Le Tour De France

POSTED ON – 05.06.14

New Mics

POSTED ON – 02.06.14

Tom Chapman raves about his student crew.

Biography
Jay is SSR’s Head of Live Sound and joined the school after 10 years on the road as a touring live sound engineer. He has travelled the world many times over, working for top bands such as Doves, Elbow and Snow Patrol, gaining a vast experience of live sound engineering, event production and touring.

Using his well-established connections and contacts within the industry, Jay is able to stay abreast of the technical advancements taking place in the industry and set up numerous guest lectures and site visits to major venues and festivals for our students. Previous production tours and sound check experiences have included Elbow, Slayer, Marilyn Manson, Kate Nash, Westlife and Girls Aloud at a variety of venues including the MEN Arena, Manchester Central and Manchester Academy.

Jay was one of the first people in the world to become an Avid Certified Venue Operator and Instructor, enabling him to deliver official Avid training on the D-Show live mixing console housed at SSR.

Jay brings his vast experience of live sound to SSR students, giving them a real world insight into the workings of this fast changing industry. He has brought some great guest lecturers into SSR and has helped many of our students get their first jobs in the industry.

Jay is still active within the live events industry, enjoying helping up-and-coming bands with their stage productions and helping local music festivals and community enterprises get off the ground.

If you require any advice on live sound or music for an event, feel free to get in touch!