April 23, 2012, by PSW Staff
As important to digital console manufacturer DiGiCo as the quality of its products is the support and education it provides its customers.
The company runs a series of well-attended training seminars both at its UK headquarters and around the globe.
The latest location added to its roster is Russia, with its first seminar for the territory held in February at the recording and performance studios of the famous artist Igor Sandler by its Russian distributor, Aris Pro.
DiGiCo’s Vice President of Sales Ian Staddon was joined by highly respected engineer Dave Bracey, known for his work as Front of House engineer for artists such as Robbie Williams, Massive Attack and Bjork, with whom he is currently touring.
The evening prior to the seminar saw Ian and Dave interviewed live on Igor Sandler’s famous late night rock radio show, which, according to the network, had some 1.4 million Muscovite’s watching the live web feed.
On the day, the pair presented a mixture of technical theory and hands on practice, with the seminars covering DiGiCo’s entire range of products, from the flagship SD7 to UB MADI, the latest ground-breaking offering from the company’s Solutions division. The sessions were rounded off with a Mixing Master Class from Bracey, where he demonstrated why the SD7 is his console of choice and emphasizing the use and value of features such as snapshots when using digital consoles.
As a finale to the event, all the attendees were treated to an enjoyable evening of food, drink and a live performance by an AC/DC cover band mixed on the SD7.
“The seminar was well organized, and I had a lot of time to discuss my questions with the DiGiCo and WAVES specialists,” recalls Alexander Odelevsky,Head of the Sound Reinforcement department
at The Moscow International House of Music. “We were able to fully explore the consoles. For new users it was a great experience to be able to study on DiGiCo consoles, and a great opportunity to address a few challenges and discuss some deep hardware and software nuances for pro sound engineers like me, who are experienced in DiGiCo consoles. Thanks to the DiGiCo/WAVES/Aris Pro teams for a great event.”
“Everybody really liked the seminar,” says Yaroslav Udovik, managing director of Aris Pro. “In fact, we plan to do more, as we have identified a need to provide more information to the end users in the Russian market.”
“It’s fantastic to be able to support exciting markets in this way,” adds Staddon. “The feedback we’ve had from the attendees was extremely encouraging and we’re looking forward to a return visit in the near future.”