POSTED ON – 15.02.13

SSR London - Jazz band
Jazz band "Zembatu" recorded as part of Audio Engineering lesson
Zembatu visited SSR London as part of Head of Audio Jonathan Espinosa’s 'live to stereo' practical lesson which took place in January 2011 for our Audio Engineering phase 3 students. Jonathan was assisted by SSR students Gordon Hall, Arran Hemish, Alex Mountford and Howard Sinden.

Zembatu are led by Oneke Tebbs, a saxophonist, flautist, composer and arranger, who was born and bred in London. Oneke is currently part of the 'Tomorrow’s Warriors' development program; taking the role of lead saxophone in TWYJO (Tomorrow’s Warriors Youth Jazz Orchestra), and a former member of Tomorrow’s Warriors Biggish Band, winners of the ‘Yamaha Jazz Experience 2010 competition’.

The session was recorded live in the Neve studio as the band performed in the live room, allowing students to put their microphone positioning and recording techniques into practise.

The performance was mixed and recorded live onto Pro Tools at 192khz / 32 bit PCM and also onto a DSD recorder at 5.8Mhz, with the group and Jonathan later discussing the differences between two high end recording formats.

SSR London Head of Audio Jonathan Espinosa:
"Having a live band in for one of my lessons was brilliant; it is really beneficial for the students to see my workflow in a real world work environment with real clients. They get a taste of how their skills can be applied under pressure and I feel they all got a lot of the session. In addition to that the band was great, so big thanks to Zembatu!"