ASD WINTER SCHOOL

January 24th to 28th, 2017

The Association of Sound Designers present a week of theatre sound seminars, held at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

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These seminars are open and free to all students and tutors, as well as all members of the ASD, AMPS and the IPS. 

ASD members may benefit from our travel assistance scheme and receive money towards the cost of travelling to this event.


Tuesday 24th January 2017


11.45am - 1.30pm
Recording Sound Effects

Legendary sound designer John Leonard goes through some of the tools and techniques to record sound effects for theatre, focusing on the practical problems of recording in the real world. As well as looking at conventional stereo techniques, John will demo parabolic microphones, ambisonics and surround sound recording techniques.

John Leonard started work in theatre sound almost 40 years ago, during which time he has provided soundtracks for theatres all over the world. He has written an acclaimed guide to theatre sound and is the recipient of Drama Desk and LDI Sound Designer Of The Year awards and is a Fellow of The Guildhall School of Music & Drama and an Honorary Fellow of The Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts.


2.15pm - 3.45pm
Foley Sound

Foley artist Tom Espiner shows some of the tips of the trade, from simple solutions to create naturalistic effects, to more abstract foley techniques. He will be joined by sound designer Gareth Fry to examine best methods of recording, amplifying and processing live and recorded fx.


4pm - 5.30pm
QLab

Details to be announced


5.45pm - 7pm
Panel discussion: How do you make your sounds?

Sound designer Gareth Fry is joined by a panel of expert sound designers to discuss the various ways of making sounds, and what to use when. The discussion will follow on from today's workshops examining the merits of recording, foley, using library sound effects and synthesising your own.


7.30pm
Social event: drinks at the pub!


WEDNESDAY 25TH JANUARY, 2017


10am - 11.45am
AN INTRODUCTION TO SYNTHESIS USING CYCLING74'S MAX

Sound Designer Sarah Angliss leads this introduction to using Max software to create your own designed sounds.

Sarah is a prolific musician who also works in theatre, creating distinctive sounds that blur the boundaries between sound design and musical composition. Sarah’s work reflects her lifelong fascination with ancient music, faded variety acts and defunct machines. Though her music, performance and writing, she explores the uncanny properties of technology, revealing resonances between European folklore and early notions of electricity and sound.


12noon - 1.30pm
Working with musicians

Sound designer Richard Brooker leads this session looking at the best way to integrate live musicians into performance, from mic'ing techniques, band layout, sound check and, as importantly, how to keep them on side.


2.30pm - 4.15pm
A brief history of music

Details to be announced 


4.30pm - 6pm
panel discussion: The collaboration between sound designer, musical director and composer

A panel discussion: sound designers, composers and musical directors discuss where our roles overlap and interact, and approaches to working together. The panel includes sound designers Donato Wharton, Adrienne Quartly and composer Paul Clark, plus another couple of guests to be announced.


6.45PM
SOCIAL EVENT: DRINKS AT THE PUB!


THURSDAY 26TH JANUARY, 2017


10am - 11.45
Pin the Mic on the Actor

Radio mic expert Zoe Milton leads this practical demonstration of wireless mic dressing - how to hide them, dress them, colour them. 

Long hair, short hair, glasses, hats, wigs, completely nude. Over the ear, under the ear, in the hair, on the cheek. Hip, groin, small of the back. Micropore, Transpor, Tegaderm, Hapla band, Zinc Oxide.

This seminar will look at the many different options for mounting a mic and transmitter on an actor, and the different sonic characteristics of each.

Zoe Milton is a freelance sound engineer who is happiest hiding mics for performance. She started out in 1999 and since then has mixed shows in the West End and at the National Theatre. This year as well as being the Administrator for the ASD, Zoe worked on the Opera of the Unknown Woman, hid microphones for the broadcast and live streaming of performances at Glyndebourne Festival, Aix en Provence Festival and the Theatro Real in Madrid. Most recently Zoe has worked on the CBeebies Christmas performance of The Nutcracker.


12noon - 1.30pm
How to float mic

Details to be announced


2.30pm - 4.15pm
How to listen: EQ, phase and delay

Details to be announced


4.30pm - 6pm
Panel discussion: How to do vocal reinforcement

A panel of sound designers join Gareth Fry to discuss their approached to the different types of vocal reinforcement and amplification, and which to use when.


6.45PM
SOCIAL EVENT: TO BE ANNOUNCED


FRIDAY 27TH JANUARY, 2017


10am - 11.45am
An introduction to acoustics

An introduction to the principles of acoustics, and the factors affecting the intelligibility of a sound system: reverb time, signal to noise ratio, and direct to reverberant ratio. Run by AMS Acoustic's Tony Stacey this seminar will be aimed at the complete beginner!


12noon - 1.30pm
Computer simulation of speakers in VEnuES

d&b audiotechnik's Steve Jones looks at the ways computers can be used to simulate how loudspeakers will sound in a theatre, looking at the various ways this can be done and the benefits of doing so.


2.30pm - 4.15pm
After the mixer: matrix and EQ systems

Sound designer Gareth Fry looks at the various systems you can add after a mixing desk to make a better sounding sound system. This session will focus on technologies like Yamaha DME's and Outboard TiMax

Gareth Fry is a double Olivier award winning sound designer, whose recent work includes Complicite's The Encounter on Broadway, and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in the West End.


4.30pm - 6pm
An introduction to SMAART

Steve Badham introduces SMAART, a popular software package that uses microphones to analyse a sound system to help set it up for optimum performance. 


6.45PM
SOCIAL EVENT: PUB QUIZ

Dominic Bilkey hosts a evening of people attempting to answer questions whilst getting increasingly less sober in an attempt to win prizes!


SATURDAY 28TH JANUARY, 2017


10AM - 11.30AM
THE FUTURE OF SOUND DESIGN

A look at the technologies that will likely under pin the future of theatre sound design.
Further details to be announced


11.45am - 1pm
PANEL DISCUSSION: WORKING WITH DIRECTORS

A panel discussion discussing the best ways to work with theatre directors, how to present your ideas.
Further details to be announced.


1.15pm - 2.30pm
PANEL: GETTING EDUCATED, GETTING WORK

An open discussion: What do you need to know to get work? What do you need to learn? What aren't you being taught? This discussion aims to constructively discuss the bridge between education and employment, providing helpful advice to those about to embark into the industry. Further details to be announced


 
 

Photos from our 2014 Winter School