St Andrew’s Primary choir are studio stars for a day!

In preparation for their Christmas Nativity, the pupils of St Andrew’s Primary in Cumbernauld were recorded by three of NCL’s HND Sound Production students this week. Shaun Cassidy, Carla Robertson and Andrew McTague gave the superstar treatment to the twenty strong choir, who were all in fine voice as they performed hits from their upcoming shows. The reworked classics were obviously very well rehearsed as the captured results perfectly highlighted their vocal skills and abilities. Managing such a big group of artists was made easy by the good work and co-ordination of the HND’s leasing with the wonderful teachers and staff from St Andrew’s who accompanied the youngsters.

NCL student Shaun Cassidy said, “As well as being a fantastic opportunity working with a different type of cliental, in which we had to adapt our approach in order to make the kids feel at ease during the recording, it also allowed us the chance to develop our skills of capturing larger sources. Challenges such as fighting against excess bleed from the monitor which we used to play the backing track for the kids for example was our main issue in this instance. Overall, this was a great experience in working quickly and professionally whilst maintaining a high standard of communication with the staff and pupils of the school.”.

A great time was had by all with one pupil, Lewis Jack, even getting behind the desk to share recording duties with the HND’s! A possible producer of the future perhaps…? The Nativety Shows took place on the 11th & 12th of December and were a singing success.


Glasgow synth-makers Instruo share their secrets

Our Cumbernauld Campus were delighted to welcome Jason and Kian from Glasgow-based synth company Instruo. Jason started the company as a hobbyist in 2015, creating Eurorack synthesiser modules on order to customers worldwide. These days, he has help from Kian (himself a former graduate of our HN course) and current HND student Aimo.

Having recently increased their production and distribution, it was nice of them to drop by to perform, discuss and demonstrate their current range of modules to our HN Sound Production students. Topics included company history, design philosophy, benefits of modular synthesis, production workflow and future developments.

Students were then invited up to try their hands on the different modules brought along, resulting in a noisy din that can still be heard within the walls of the college if you listen close enough…

Big thanks to Jason and Kian for taking time out their busy schedule!

Spectacular! Roger Waters Us+Them 2018 VIP ticket opportunity

Coinciding with the department’s new website and exciting HN courses for 2018, we can offer one lucky New College Lanarkshire student from the Creative Industries department a VIP ticket to the Roger Waters Us + Them sound check and show at the SSE Hydro, Glasgow on Friday 29th June 2108. This unique opportunity will allow a ‘behind the scenes’ tour, VIP hospitality and, of course, the chance to see Roger Water’s iconic music, breathtaking quadrasonic sound and cutting edge visuals, performing many classic Pink Floyd classics and solo work.

To get a chance to win, simply share this post to Facebook or Twitter via the buttons below with the hashtag #NCLcreativesound. The draw will take place on Tuesday 29th May at mid-day and the lucky student will be contacted with further details.

For anyone interested, you can find out more about our Sound Production courses at New College Lanarkshire here:

Question Session 2018

This years Question Session event is due to take place on 23rd March 2018 at the CCA in Glasgow. It promises to build on the success of previous years by featuring an even larger programme of guests, seminars, workshops, live music and networking opportunities. A full schedule of the day’s activities can be found at the Question Session website. Tickets are free but expected to disappear fast due to popularity of this increasingly integral event in Scotland’s Creative Industries calendar. Book now to avoid disappointment!