POSTED ON – 20.04.10

SSR Manchester - SSR take over the Apollo!
SSR take over the Apollo!
Current and former SSR students were recently given a fantastic opportunity to design and build a PA system in Manchester’s legendary Apollo Theatre!

Lead by SSR Live Sound tutor Jay Beard, the group had a brief recap on line array (speaker placement) theory then dove straight into planning and building their PA system. The group used blueprint plans of the venue and took measurements of the room before importing their data into Arraycalc – a piece of software used to calculate the frequency response and throw of PA systems within a certain space. This procedure, along with extensive testing, tuning and subwoofer alignment, allowed the group to work out the best setup for their PA system to provide the optimum listening experience in all areas of the venue; something of vital importance to any live performance.

The day out was a fantastic opportunity for the students to take the theoretical knowledge they had learnt in Jay’s lectures into practice in a real world, professional commercial venue. The trip also provided the students with lots of ideas for their PA design projects that they need to complete as part of the Live Sound course.

It was a great opportunity to welcome back some of our graduates too, who were also invited to attend the training day. We have always believed “once an SSR student, always an SSR student” and unique training days such as this demonstrate our dedication to keeping in touch with our student base and offering an open door policy on further education for those who have already graduated form our courses.

Alex Parkes, Live Sound Student:
“I had a brilliant day it was great to actually build the PA system, rather than just designing it on paper. It was good to meet some of the ex-students as well to see how their training has helped them to find work.”

Jay Beard, Head of Live Sound:
“Today was a fantastic opportunity for our students to work within a real commercial venue. They were working on tasks that they would be working on as a live sound engineer in the real. To have the chance to work on a PA setup this early in their careers is a great way to develop their understanding of live sound setups.”