Unity Audio Supports Gdf-james Summer Course -

Tuesday, 4th September 2012


Unity Audio supported this years summer GDF-JAMES (Joint Audio Media Education Support ) course by loaning a pair of Unity Audio 3 way Boulder active studio monitors, Cartec PRE-Q5 & FE-Q5 500 series pre-amp and EQ along with a Telefunken Elam 251 valve microphone.

Acclaimed producer/engineer Phil Harding lead a seven-day music production course for music technology students at the University of Glamorgan

Between six and eight top music students approaching the end of their graduation year in JAMES-accredited university programmes had the opportunity to take part.

The summer course is the brainchild of JAMES and the Gus Dudgeon Foundation for Recording Arts. Established shortly after Dudgeon’s untimely death in 2002, the Foundation aims to promote the commitment to excellence in studio techniques exemplified by the producer himself during a 40-year career that entailed work with acts including Joan Armatrading, Chris Rea, Elkie Brooks, the Bonzo Dog Band, XTC and, most famously, Sir Elton John (who is the Foundation’s patron).

A recording suite named in memory of Dudgeon was opened at the University of Glamorgan in 2009, during the Art of Recording Production Conference. Indeed, it was during the opening event that JAMES and the Foundation – which is run by Chris Hook – first began to discuss the possibility of a joint summer school that would make use of Dudgeon’s own restored MCI equipment.

“The Unity Boulder monitors have been a treat to work on so far, they're in constant use! The Telefunken Elam 251 especially sounded great on vocals and liked by a lot of people here. We used the Cartec RE-Q5 on Kick - sounded great, like a cross between Pultec and API.”

Phil Harding.

Unity Audio congratulates course winner Ad Mehrabi, GDF/JAMES Student of the Week.

'The Gus Dudgeon summer school was a fantastic opportunity to meet like-minded peers in a similar position to myself. Working with a great producer, talented musicians and a skilled engineer gave a valuable insight into the production of a pop music song from a demo to a final record. The course made it possible to learn this process in a way that can only be achieved in a professional, real world environment. Many thanks to all at JAMES, MPG, APRS and the sponsors for creating opportunities like this for graduating students.'

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