IoSR Blog : 08 January 2016

Tonmeister workshops and visiting speakers

Out Tonmeister students in Music and Sound Recording have again been benefitting from the expertise and experience of a wide range of visiting industry experts, from talks to practical workshops.

The final years took part in a pop mixing workshop with Tonmeister graduate Dom Monks (whose work with multi-Grammy winning producers Glynn and Ethan Johns include records by Tom Jones, The Staves, Laura Marling and others). They also participated in a classical mixing workshop with multi-Grammy winning ex-Decca engineer John Dunkerley.

The second year students gained from a "Live Lounge"-style workshop run by ex-BBC engineer Rupert Flindt. For this, they had to set up and mix a professional band in an hour; a far cry from the endless tweaking that accompanies some sessions. This featured up and coming band "The Fellrunners". You can read more about this type of session in a previous blog post.

The second years also had a film dialogue mixing workshop to prepare them for the audio-for-video post-production coursework. This featured award-winning sound designer and Tonmeister graduate Jon Olive. He made great use of his professional experience, showing examples from films he worked on including Harry Potter, 127 Hours and The Mummy.

The Tonmeisters also took advantage of the regular visiting speaker programme. Last term this featured a wide range of industry luminaries, including: recording engineer Rhys Downing (Mark Ronson, The Subways), BBC Radio 1 producer Andy Rogers (Live Lounge), artist liaison manager Will Evans (Focusrite / Novation / Tape Club Records), theatre AV designer Ian Stickland (Charcoal Blue), quality and testing expert Jon Honeyball (Woodleyside labs) and acoustic engineer Lewis Stonehouse (Hann Tucker Associates).

You can see the full list of recent experts who have led Tonmeister workshops or given visiting lectures on our website.

by Alan Haigh