Super Troupers record Christmas Nativity Songs

As in previous years the pupils of St Andrews Primary Cumbernauld arrived at the studios last week to record songs in preparation for their Christmas Nativity. This year the HND sound production crew had six tracks to record for the schools’ nativity event, all of which were based on Abba songs.

The choir, which was over twenty strong, was in fine voice and their performance of reworked ABBA hits perfectly highlighted their vocal skills and the recordings were definately on the “Money, Money Money”. Managing such a big group of artists was made easy by the good work and coordination of the HND students and the wonderful teachers and staff from St Andrews who accompanied the youngsters.

HND Sound Production student Ross Merriless said, “This was a fantastic opportunity to work and communicate with a different kind of clientele to what we are normally used to, and put into practice the studio skills we have learned so far in class”.


St Andrews Edit


Former HND Music Student, Lewis Capaldi scores first US number one

Former HND Music Student, Lewis Capaldi scores first US number one with ‘Someone You Loved’. The Scottish singer/songwriter’s track, which featured on his debut album ‘Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent’, has already achieved chart success in the UK, where it went to the top of the singles chart back in March. The singer celebrated by painting his face in the style of the Stars and Stripes. ‘Someone You Loved’ has now reached number one in the US, topping the Billboard Hot 100 in the chart dated November 2. It is the 1,091st number one in the Hot 100’s six-decade history, and spent 23 weeks in the US charts before reaching the top of the pile.


Student band named Best Live Act at Scottish Alternative Music Awards

the-vegan-lather A music student from New College Lanarkshire has been recognised at the prestigious Scottish Alternative Music Awards (SAMAs). HND student Matthew McGoldrick joined band members of The Vegan Leather in collecting the Best Live Act award at the event, which took place on Friday 25 October at Saint Lukes & The Winged Ox, Glasgow. The SAMAs are an independently ran music award in association with key partners Rebel Rebel Barbers and Creative Scotland the SAMA’s celebrating the best emerging artists on the Scottish music scene. The Paisley born art-pop quartet, fought off some tough competition from other acts such as Crystal, Bossy Love and Gallus to add to a growing portfolio of New College Lanarkshire music students making a name for themselves on the national stage. 23-year-old bass player Matthew, who has been studying full time at the Motherwell Campus since 2017, said: “The course has been fantastic and has given me a good insight into how the music business operates. “On top of that, the highly practical elements of the course has without doubt helped build my confidence and contributed to the band and I being recognised for our visceral live act.” The win comes almost a year after former student Lewis Capaldi, now a globally recognised household name, picked up Best Acoustic Act at the same awards Matthew continued: “Lewis hasn’t just opened the door for other New College Lanarkshire music students, he’s blew it off the hinges! He has given us some great advice and we would love to do what he done this time last year, and really build on the platform winning an award like this creates.” Scott Cowie, Lecturer at New College Lanarkshire, said: “Last week I heard Matthew’s band, The Vegan Leather, on Radio 1 – then Lewis Capaldi was played straight after. “For me that really signified how much the course has grown with our current and past students having unbelievable success. Hopefully The Vegan Leather will also be number 1 in the future.” The award comes ahead of the official launch of the band’s album, ‘Poor Girls/Broken Boys’, which will be launched at the legendary King Tut’s in Glasgow on Saturday 2 November. For more information and to book tickets for The Vegan Leather’s album launch, please visit: Or follow the band on social media:

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Ableton expert visits Cumbernauld campus

Ableton Live expert, tutor and Soma Records artist Simon Stokes paid New College Lanarkshire a visit this week to give a Masterclass in creative music production within Ableton Live. Armed with a small bundle of creative tools, including an Ableton Push controller, a Korg analogue synth and a Zoom field recorder, Simon tried to expand students minds to consider fresh and unique approaches to electronic music production. This included poly-rhythmic drum pattern creation, recycling old field recordings, using twigs to create beats and Warp-streching audio jams to embrace a certain amount of happy accidents. Simon, who records on the name Petrichor on the now  legendary Soma Records label, was also able to preview some new tracks from his upcoming release titled Narisshu. He also keeps himself busy running evening and weekend classes that specialise in electronic music production of all sorts, with a particular emphasis on Ableton, through his subSine Academy. He is also the only Ableton Certified Trainer in Scotland and the opportunity to learn from an expert was not lost on the students: HND Sound Production students Dylan and Josh had this to say about the session:

Dylan: Simon gave a presentation on some of the different production techniques he used to create an album entirely in Ableton Live. The pieces of hardware in his presentation fascinated me – the Ableton Push which is basically an Ableton Live controller allowed him to freely record instruments without having to individually input them into Live. The presentation today changed my perspective of Live. I used to see it as a DAW mainly used for synths and techno style music, now I see that with the right hardware Ableton Live can be an instrument in its own right.

Josh: Simon’s talk was full of inspiration for me in terms of my productions.  I really enjoyed seeing his workflow and some of the methods he uses in his tracks.  What really stuck out for me was the way he took a fairly simple sound from a synth and recycled it in many creative ways making it much more complex.  He did this by recording his synth to an audio channel rather than inputting MIDI notes which allowed him to go on and manipulate his sound further with some of the features in Ableton Lives clip view.

Thanks to Simon for stopping by! You can listen to his music here:


Ireland’s future recording stars join NCL for three week intensive recording experience

NCL Cumbernauld’s flagship Sound Production department recently had the pleasure of welcoming three temporary new recruits for an intensive two-week training block within our recording and mixing facilities. Galway Technical Institute students Devon Harris, Aaron Murphy and Thady O’Donovan joined us on a student exchange program here at NCL, learning sound production approaches from staff and students within the college’s state of the art Pro Tools and Ableton Live equipped studios.

Arriving with bags of enthusiasm and keen to take advantage of the college’s three large format mixing consoles, the students spent time with our Sound Production cohorts working alongside NC, HNC and HND students in our two flagship SSL AWS studios learning a range of skills from mic techniques to mixing workflow, editing tips and digital audio workstation techniques.

As well as being among the first to get hands on with our brand-new Audient 8024 HE mixing desk, the Galway students also spent time in our iMac equipped music labs learning the ropes of Ableton Live software. Kindly, Devon, one of our visiting students has provided us with a diary of his experience at NCL Cumbernauld to share with you. Over now to Devon to talk you through his two weeks with us at NCL:

Glasgow, Sunday 10.02.19

Day one, wow, I can’t believe how wonderful it has already been since arriving in Glasgow, what with a beautiful apartment, a bright and sun filled sky and great company to explore the the city centre with. The amount of buskers and performers in the streets are a reminder of Galway but on a much grander scale and only in the best of ways. There is just about everything near the apartment and anything else, well, I wouldn’t say no to a walk around to explore! Tomorrow, school begins, lightly with a show around the campus and an introduction to the lecturers, orienting us for the weeks of work to follow. All in all, an absolutely great start to an amazing opportunity! As for the rest, well, stay tuned!!

Stay Warm, 



Wednesday, 13.02.19

Things are getting more intense at the campus now, so exciting! We have been working with some great teachers on how to operate different audio desks and set up, re amp and record electric guitar and through it gave a lot of insight as to how a studio really functions as a business. Even one of the technicians took time out of his day to help us set up and record when we were given free reign of one of the many studios they have. All we had to do was ask about something we are interested in and explain why it would be good for us to learn and they would shrug and say “why not?” Amazing people and a marvelous day… Oh, did I mention it was only the third day out of three weeks?

Yeah, good times had by all.

Stay Warm,

Devon Earl Harris


Saturday, 16.02.19

Whew. Week one, all done, and it was fantastic. Every day at the college was wondrous and dynamically different than the other with stunning studios, great teachers giving great lessons and tipping around all over the city, including Edinburgh! Actually, Edinburgh, wow. What a beautiful city! Side streets filled with eclectic shops and cafes, parks with beautiful gilding and the castle, marvelous. How could you not enjoy the view from the castle entrance with the whole city splayed out before you?
Through the week there had been many a meal made in my lovely apartment, and plenty of people to eat it with too! I could only hope that the following weeks and days will be just as enjoyable and inspiring.

Stay Warm,

Devon Earl Harris

Week two! Unbelievable. It has gone by so fast! We have been recording a music track, utilizing the fabulous equipment like the stacks of amps and stellar mics in the even nicer studios to record with and in. Today however, we had the privilage of working on live set ups for a miniature jam session we had in the largest of the live rooms, connecting a great deal of cables, setting up drums and amps mics. Sound checking all of the gear, and having some of the students that play instruments to get on the “stage” and help us set the mixing desk and do some equalizing on some hardware! All in all, a fantastic week two.

 Stay tuned for week three!

Wow, Week three just flew past me. How that happened, I could only chalk it up to time flies, really, but now that it is over I find that I didn’t really want it to end. What an amazing facility with superb instructors allowing us to fawn over the slick equipment and studios they have at the Cumbernauld Campus. Hopefully there could be another opportunity to come back and pick their brains and get inspired!
Thanks to everyone at the campus for putting up with us and allowing for a marvellous experience, one that I would gladly and fervently recommend to anyone with an interest in music or sound production!

Stay Warm and Stay Tuned,

Devon Earl Harris