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Ableton Patch Friday *OPEN CALL*

Here at SSR we have rebooted our semi-regular Patch Friday Ableton / Max for Live user events in a slightly different format than previously – we are inviting Ableton users from both inside and out of SSR to demonstrate their production and performance workflows. There will be short performances / demonstrations, followed by an in-depth walk-through and Q&A.

The first event earlier int he year was a great vibe and we would like to do more – and we would like to hear from you!

Please use this form to tell us about an aspect of your creative practice using Ableton Live that you would like to share at an event.

Events will be filmed and promoted on our channels.

The next event will be Friday August 9th. Events are held in Camden, London. If you cannot make it to our premises we could talk about arranging an internet link.

Ableton Patch Friday *OPEN CALL*2019-08-15T12:07:06+01:00

DEBONAIR Records her Resident Advisor Mix at SSR

It was great to have one of our favourite DJs – adventurous London underground club, festival and NTS regular DEBONAIR here at SSR last week. She was recording her excellent Resident Advisor mix in our DJ rehearsal room .

“Thanks so much! Honestly was a million times easier mixing in your studio than at home”

she said of the experience. So there you go… our full DJ set up with CDJ2000s, a choice of industry standard mixers and Turbosound PA is available to rent by the hour. More info here.

DEBONAIR Records her Resident Advisor Mix at SSR2019-05-24T16:21:55+01:00

Announcing our New Website, Courses and Graduate Support Programme

As our parent college in Manchester rebrand to Spirit Studios, we at SSR London diverge to pioneer a radical new approach to music and sound training.

In response to the challenges faced by people studying and working in music and sound in London, we are taking steps to develop a more holistic approach to vocational learning. Our flagship Industry Diploma courses are now available in an intensive three-month (two days per week) format allowing students to undertake world-class technical training and develop core skills quickly and affordably.

In addition, we are also delighted to present our new Graduate Support Programme – a unique mentoring and support scheme for all graduates which, alongside career guidance with a dedicated coordinator, offers opportunities to earn while you study at the SSR studios and through work placements.

We are committed to supporting talented people – our studios are now available commercially to emerging artists, providing the opportunity to work in an exceptional recording environment at accessible rates. Meanwhile the students get the experience of working on commercial sessions. We also currently have 2 scholarship students, placed through The Roundhouse Young Creatives scheme, and are seeking more partners to work with.

The existing Industry Diplomas have been updated: Fundamentals of Studio Production, Post Production Sound for Film, Game and TV and Advanced Studio Production and Mastering. There is also a new course – Contemporary Music Production that focuses on in-the-box music production, composition and sound design with Logic, Ableton Live and Maschine. The class sizes are small (10 max) giving SSR a friendly, family atmosphere that feels as much like working in a boutique recording studio as it does attending a college.

We will continue to be one of the sole educational facilities that offers Avid Certified Pro Tools Training to expert level in the UK.

In addition to the Industry Diplomas, a new range of introductory Weekend Courses have also been created at entry level which include Introduction to Ableton Live and Push, Introduction to Native Instruments Maschine, Introduction to Sound Design with Games and Music Business: Release your own Music.

Tony Garston, Head of Operations, says of the plans: “SSR London has long been associated with quality training in the sound industry, we have looked at our strengths and what we believe will be most beneficial to anybody wanting to forge a career in this exciting ever-changing industry in order to provide the best solutions in the form of our new and established courses.

Recent graduates currently work at: Grand Cru Studios, Britannia Row, Wendyhouse, GPS Soho, Side Audio, Sony Games and the Audio Engineering Society; with artists such as Westlife, Stormzy, Louis Tomlinson, Olly Murs, Lil Simz, Avelino, Lily Allen, Friendly Fires, !!! and Octavian; and some are Native Instrument and Ableton specialists and certified trainers. Many have gone on to setup their own successful audio and music businesses.

Recent guest lecturers include: Ben UFO, Dean Barratt (Dairy Studios), Breakage, Midland, Seamus Haji, Si Medway Smith, Famous Eno, Goetz Botzenhardt, Dov Waterman and Jamz Supernova.

Full course list

Industry Diploma Courses:
– Fundamentals of Studio Production
– Contemporary Music Production
– Post Production Sound for Film, Game and TV
– Advanced Studio Production & Mastering

Weekend Courses:
– Introduction to Ableton Live and Push
– Introduction to Native Instruments Maschine
– Introduction to Sound Design for Games
– Music Business: Release your own Music

Avid Pro Tools Training:
– Pro Tools 101: Introduction to Pro Tools
– Pro Tools 110: Essentials of Pro Tools
– Pro Tools 201: Pro Tools Production
– Pro Tools 210M: Music Production Techniques
– Pro Tools 210P: Post Production Techniques
– Pro Tools 310M: Advanced Post Production Techniques
– Pro Tools 310 P: Advanced Post Production Techniques
– Pro Tools 310S6: Advanced Pro Tools | S6 Mixing Workflows

Studio hire & services (commercial / non-student rates):

– Ghost Studio (+ live room): hourly rate: £24, full day: £200
– S6 Studio (+ live room): Hourly rate: £36, full day: £300
– Neve Studio (+ Neve and/or S6 live room): Hourly rate: £36, full day: £300
– Recording Engineer: hourly rate £15, full day: £120
– Ghost Studio, S6 Studio, Neve Studio, Mac Suites 1-2: Depends on project.
– Ghost Studio, S6 Studio, Neve Studio: Depends on project.
– Sound design: Depends on project.
– 5.1 Surround Sound & Stereo mixing: Depends on project.
Rehearsal spaces:
– Rehearsal room: – Empty Room: £8.33/h – PA + Drums (inclusive of breakables): £12.50/h – Recording setup (Interface + Laptop): £12.50/h – DJ Room: £8.33/h
Writing room:
– Ghost Studio (no live room): Hourly rate: £20 Full day: £150

All rates quoted exclude VAT (20%). Full day fares are based on a ten (10) hour session.

More information on our studios can be found here.

Announcing our New Website, Courses and Graduate Support Programme2019-05-24T15:25:39+01:00

SSR on Threads Radio

We are very excited to announce that our students now have a show on Threads Radio, a community station based out of The Cause nightclub in Tottenham. Tune in for interviews, mixes and exclusive broadcasts of Music from SSR’s students, alumni and current clients.  Some students have alos trained to be producers at the station and are working on other shows across their programming.

The shows are every 4 weeks, and their 3rd one is happening tomorrow 9th May.  Shows are archived on our Soundcloud page.

SSR on Threads Radio2019-05-17T14:09:13+01:00

SSR Students Start Work at Britannia Row Productions

Following a visit back in January, five of our graduates have started working at world-class audio company  Britannia Row Productions, a work opportunity developed through SSR which is providing them with real world experience in live sound. opportunity developed through SSR which is providing them with real world experience in live sound.

SSR Students Start Work at Britannia Row Productions2019-05-30T09:35:23+01:00

Student Success: Andrew James

Since graduating from our Industry Diploma studio courses, Andrew James has gone on to work as an Audio Engineer in notable studios such as Grand Cru and Wendy House, with clients including Westlife, Stormzy, Louis Tomlinson, Olly Murs and Lil Simz.

He popped back the other day to do some rehearsing with his band Shola who have reached the grand final of the Isle of Wight Festival New Blood Competition. The showdown gig is on May 26th at Dingwalls round the corner from the college in Camden.

“The facilities and support at SSR are second to none, from the guest lectures from industry professionals, facilities and tutors. Allowing Alumni to use the studios at a discounted rate has proved priceless, giving me a place to work from, allowing me to establish myself as an engineer and growing my portfolio, Learning to use the three different studios in the complex has proved to be a huge help when it comes to working professionally as I can confidently walk in to any studio and troubleshoot a huge range of problems. Everything I learnt at SSR gave me the confidence to pursue engineering as a full time job and I am very grateful for my time there.”

Student Success: Andrew James2019-05-28T16:09:09+01:00