A Talk at Salford Media City Next Generation Festival

Learning is a never ending process and knowledge is power.  ” Information is liberating.  Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family and community ” –  Koffi Annan.

Being a student at the same time a lecturer is not an easy job but having the power and opportunity to share what you have gained through experience is one very fulfilling role.  There are things we learn inside the classroom but there a valuable experiences outside the walls of Colleges and Universities that we learn through years of experience making each individual unique as a whole being and  making us stand out from the crowd.DSC00009

“As a lecturer, teacher, tutor, student and friend I believe that being in the academe is not only learning the numbers or the arts but it should have a holistic approach to motivation and inspiration.  Looking at the bigger picture in life and being a student of the world opens up opportunities and the horizon… gazing beyond and outside the walls of an educational institution gives another perspective to learning but more importantly is remembering the footprints we leave behind is a mark of an educator ”  by riclaps.

During the next generation Media City Festival last November 21st and 22nd 2013 I was given the opportunity to present to Salford University BSc PSVT (Professional Sound and Video Technology) students a talk about Studiospares Ltd..  A family run business based in London where I used to work. They have been in the Pro Audio industry for more than 30 years fighting against competition and beating any new players in the UK Pro Audio market. Studiospares is not just a company but a Legend I would say established by Barry Lambden a legend as well being the Chief Engineer for REVOX the maker and designer of the 8 track tape machine in the 80’s.

The Salford Media Festival in Manchester is the first Media Festival at MCUK attended by big names in the Broadcast and Media industry like the BBC, Dolby, Envy and AVID, Sony, and other known brands and companies in Cinema, Broadcast, TV and Audio Engineering, Media and Pro Audio.  And being part of this festival as a speaker is something I treasure.  Every participant was talking about their latest technology and introducing their companies and sales pitches but on the 2nd day while presenting Studiospares it was quite a unique and different experience.  Everybody was very quite and was just listening to each word I was telling them at the same time looking at the slides I was showing them about this company in London.2013-11-21 09.38.55

The Studiospares Catalogue is considered to be the pro audio bible in the UK with more 50,000 copies run each year for which I contributed 5 sections in research and product information from Recorders to Mixers to Mics and more.Cover

Another was the Esmono booth which was an exclusive Studiospares product coming from Denmark a portable recording studio we installed at the Amersham and Wycombe College.  Then another was the Excel Exhibition for the higher education sector attended by more than 60 thousand people worldwide. Microphone modification and design in Tube or Valve Technologies as well as headphone design for the M2000 with manufacturers links in the Far East. Various Demo days I have covered and attended from Allen and Heath, Focusrite, Novation, Audio Technica and more.  JZ microphones and NEVO studio the producer for Sugarbabes, Duran Duran, Girls Aloud, Alesha Dixon and Bryan Adams.   A training from a big Foam company in Belgium was another involvement as Studiospares the only company supplying 55kg density acoustic bass traps for room acoustic treatment.  And producing an album recording for ERELA MAE, a British Filipina artist based in London with most of my compositions and some of my musical arrangements.  This was launched last May 2012 and was recorded at Urban Chain Recording Studios & Clique Prductions with a friend engineer Paolo Silva from Portugal and John Robinson. Overseeing projects like this is a joy for me and the links I’ve established with these side companies and my involvement with projects through Studiospares I believe got the real attention of students who was looking to move forward in their careers in Audio, Video or Web.  These are valuable insights not taught inside the classrooms and it was great to have shared these to them.

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I have written some articles as well which were made a basis for publishing the SN10 by SOS (Sound on Sound) and Audio Media.  Including Studiospares 30th year Anniversary.  I think the students did enjoy it as it was really suited to their level.  See photo below.

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Students browsing through the Pro Audio Bible in the UK the Studiospares Catalogue where I contributed 5 sections.   A very useful reference in the Pro Audio from studio monitors, mixers, microphones, headphones, cables, and up to 8000 products.   Lastly,  the best part was when I announced that because of the benefit I did have from Studiospares I manage to ask for sponsorship for prizes for a surprise raffle draw for the students. 2013-11-22 14.48.50

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Jennifer  and the other one was Chris Earl.  It was quite busy that I didn’t manage to get a picture with him.  But the whole talk was a success and it was the only one with a simple token for students to remember and serve as an inspiration I guess for them to strive more in their studies.

“As a lecturer, teacher, tutor, student and friend I believe that being in the academe is not only learning the numbers or the arts but it should have a holistic approach to motivation and inspiration.  Looking at the bigger picture in life and being a student of the world opens up opportunities and the horizon… gazing beyond and outside the walls of an educational institution gives another perspective to learning but more importantly is not forgetting the footprints we leave behind is a mark of an educator ”  by riclaps.

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