Growing Our Live Sound

2016 has been an exciting year for Cape Audio College’s live sound society.
The year started of with the successful “Groot’ picnic at Groot Constantia. Where two of our second year students, under the supervision of Yan Sanchez (Student and Development Training), getting valuable hands on experience in setting up and mixing locals community acts.

Without time from a break, the live sound society moved into Hillcrest Quarry, the next day, for the ‘Kiss The Sky Production’. These successful shows resulted in Cape Audio College being responsible for the sound requirements for the next three ‘Kiss The Sky Productions’ at Hillcrest Quarry. Since 2015, Cape Audio College has partnered up with Hillcrest Quarry as one of our live training facilities.

According to our Director of Live Sound, Terence Collings, “these opportunities are valuable for the students. It provides them with real world experience and the demands that they will face when setting up for an event, working with musicians and getting the sound just right.”

The association that Cape Audio College has with Hillcrest Quarry has resulted with the Live Sound Society working on three outdoor festivals. The Valentines Concert with Desmond and The Tutus, The WOOF festival and The Jammin Reggae Fest, featuring Rivertones and The Rudimentals.

These festivals gave Cape Audio College the opportunity to boost their impressive PA System. “with six JBL VRX 932LA-1 over ten VRX 18S, driven by our ITECH HD amplifiers and a Midas M32 for front of house and Monitors not only were the festivals a success, but they sounded great too” say Wayne Dennis (live sound society assistant )

“We pride ourselves with the quality of PA that we have at the college, this and the association that we have with the live music venue, Mercury, gives Cape Audio College the advantage over other institutions when offering students the opportunity of being involved in the live sound industry.” says Terence.

Bedside these events, other successful events include Monster’s Night Harvest and the first ever Drift City in the CBD. Cape Audio College, through our association with companies like Eastern Acoustics and Golden Circle, have also seen some of our students working on the world famous Cape Town International Jazz Festival and Community Chest. These opportunities are exceptionally beneficial for our students who show a keen interest in Live Sound and adds to their portfolios.

“Thanks to Cape Audio Live Society, I was privileged with the opportunity to work at the Free Jazz Concert. It was great to work with a large scale production”
Matthew Adriaan