Students from UCW’s music degrees took advantage of a rare opportunity to tour the Sold State Logic production facility in Oxfordshire last week.
They got to see how the company’s large format mixing consoles, which are used in professional recording studios across the world, are designed, built by hand, and tested.
The students, from the UCW Foundation degrees in Popular Music and Music Performance and Production, also got a masterclass in how to use the high-end equipment in the company’s on-site studios.
They were able to mix the original multi-track files to the Peter Gabriel song ‘Sledgehammer’, with the best mixes given prizes by the team at Solid State Logic.
UCW Programme Coordinator Niall Thomas said: “The facility isn’t open to the public so we were incredibly fortunate to spend time there.
“It was a great opportunity for the students to see sides of the recording industry – such as research, design and technology – that they perhaps hadn’t considered as career options before.
“They were also able to discuss with experts how to use the production skills they are developing on our courses in other areas of the industry, and hear great stories about successful artists using Solid State Logic technology.
“The visit provided great food for thought!”
UCW’s Foundation degrees in Music Production and Popular Music are delivered in partnership with Bath Spa University.
They consistently record strong levels of satisfaction in the National Student Survey and enjoy high pass rates, with graduates progressing to Honours top-ups and going on to have fantastic careers in the music industry.