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Audio Engineering and Sound Production at the JMC Academy
What course did you complete at JMC Academy?
I completed the Certificate IV and Advanced Diploma of Audio Engineering & Sound Production.
What made you choose this course?
I was doing Civil Engineering at the University of Sydney at the time(not really enjoying it) and always had a passion for Audio. I came across this course and felt a breath of fresh air. I immediately made the hard choice to change(since I was in the 3rd year of a 4 year degree). This decision changed my life as I now live and breath what I've wanted to do; Audio!
Where are you currently working?
I am currently working at Ubisoft as Audio Director in Montreal Canada. I just finished working on the video game Assassin's Creed IV - Black Flag. I have been there now for about 5 years having released Assassin's Creed II, Assassin's Creed Brotherhood, Prince of Persia - The Forgotten Sands, Assassin's Creed Revelations and Assassin's Creed 3.
What was your favourite aspect about this course?
The courses gave you a good solid foundation for the theory as well as an in depth practical knowledge that gives you the edge in the real world. The lecturers are full of knowledge and are really in love with the subject matter which makes learning so much easier.
What has been the most valuable lesson you learnt at JMC Academy?
The most important lesson I learnt at JMC is that you are always constantly learning and to continue to grow and innovate in the art of audio. Also the art of Audio is so diverse that you can work in many fields of audio. From live engineering to sound design, there's always something interesting to do in the field of audio. Using the knowledge from JMC academy, I have since done field recordings(from jungles to military guns), music recording(from bands to full blown orchestras), sound design for films and video games to even studio design!
What's your one piece of advice for students ?
One piece of advice to the students is to be a sponge for knowledge. The lecturers have a wealth of experience and you can always pick up some trade secrets. Don't be afraid to ask questions(not while recording of course! ) and you never know where and when you can apply this knowledge.