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Blackbird Studio Announces the Opening of the Blackbird Academy in Nashville

May 8, 2013
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The Blackbird Academy launched their new landing page on May 2nd in preparation for their first class starting September 30, 2013. The Blackbird Academy’s Studio Engineering Program trains students using microphones, consoles, outboard gear and recording spaces that are the best in the industry. Students will be taught on the same equipment used by top professional producers, musicians and recording artists who have created Grammy, CMA and countless other award-winning records at Blackbird Studio. On January 6, 2014 the school will launch an intensive Live Sound Engineering Program based on the same model. The 24 week, 720 hour program will focus on all aspects of live engineering and sound reinforcement for  touring, medium and small venues and houses of worship.

Staff instructors and Directors of Education include audio educator, musician and  recording engineer Mark Rubel and Kevin Becka who is a longtime audio educator, recording engineer and technical editor of Mix Magazine. Kevin Becka states, “I’ve been teaching audio recording for over 15 years and this is a real chance for us to hit the  reset button on education. Students will have the unique opportunity of learning their  craft on the best gear, in the best facilities available, and will be taught by true working professional instructors and top guest lecturers from Nashville’s music production  community. Even our purpose-built classroom is a working studio, so in reality, you  never leave the production environment the whole time you’re here.”

The Blackbird Academy founder, live sound and recording engineer John McBride adds, “This has been a dream of mine for a long time. Mentoring is a responsibility I don’t take  lightly and judging from interviews with Blackbird Studio interns over the years, a better  education should be available for people who want to make a career of audio recording  and live sound engineering. We can offer an alternative to schools that ask you to make  a sizable investment in time and money, then leave you with below average skills, not  enough hands-on experience, and an incomplete education.”

The Blackbird Academy: Programs and Opportunities Include:

Studio Engineering Program – The Blackbird Academy offers a 24-week, 700-hour intensive program with classes meeting five days a week, Monday through Friday, with  possible weekend workshops.The facilities consist of three recording studios and a  large main laboratory/studio dedicated full time to education. The Learning Laboratory  seats 30 students and is an audio production space in its own right.

Live Sound Engineering Program – The Blackbird Academy offers a 24-week, 720-hour intensive program with classes meeting five days a week, Monday through Friday,  with possible weekend workshops. The facilities consist of a purpose built classroom  and students are trained on the latest consoles, PAs and other gear used for touring,  medium and small venues and houses of worship.

Summer High School Recording Camp – This three day summer camp features  Blackbird Academy instructors, as well as special guest musicians, engineers, producers, singers and songwriters. Participants will be taken through the music  production process from beginning to end, starting with introduction to the Academy  facilities and gear, then through tracking, overdubs and mixing. Students will leave The  Blackbird Academy camp with a jump drive loaded with the songs recorded during the  camp, and a download link for sharing. Class size is limited to 12 participants so please register early.

Fantasy Recording Workshop – This three day workshop aimed at adults with intermediate skills features Blackbird Academy instructors, as well as special guest  musicians, engineers, producers, singers and songwriters. Participants will be taken through the tracking, overdub and mixing of a live band and will learn advanced Pro  Tools techniques, workflow tips to increase speed and audio quality, and advanced  mixing techniques using gear from the incredible Blackbird collection of gear. Attendees will leave the workshop with a jump drive loaded with a final mix of the songs recorded,  and the full Pro Tools session files for personal use.

To get more information and reserve a seat for either Program, Camp or Workshop, send an email with your name, age and phone number to info@theblackbirdacademy.com.

You can also call us at:
615-385-2423
1-855-385-3251 Toll Free (International)
Visit our website at http://theblackbirdacademy.com.
 
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