Rising Stars: Rob South

Audio Pro International’s focus on the best of the industry’s young audio engineers continues this week with the latest addition to our Rising Stars section.

This week we catch up with engineer Rob South…

Where did you study?
I have studied at Swindon New College on a BTEC National Diploma in Performing Arts, as they didn’t offer a technical specific course I ended up doing both tech and performing. After this I had a few years working with live event companies in the Swindon and Bristol areas, and I am now studying an FDA Live Event Production degree at The Backstage Academy in Wakefield, Yorkshire. The course covers everything from staging through lighting, sound and video, even to using 3D modelling programmes.

Which band/project are you currently working on?
I’m currently working on setting up a live event production company offering services for small events – this is based on a small mobile disco company I had been running over a few years. My aim is to offer lighting, sound video and event production services for University balls, council events, large weddings and dry hire.

Where are you based/working at the moment?
I’m based in Hemsworth, West Yorkshire, where I have regular work with LS-Live rehearsal studio in South Kirkby, and the company’s warehouse. I have recently been working with a local band called The Ashes from the same town filling in as a sound engineer.

Which audio console are you currently using? And how many channels?
The last desk I had the pleasure of using was the Yamaha M7CL-48, with a built in Virtual Effect and GEQ Rack, allowing the EQ to be applied up to around 16 channels at once. I haven’t used many digital desks so far in my career and tend to stick with analogue desks.

What decision process was behind the choice of this console?
The console was already in place and setup for me as I was asked to fill in for an event and was basically asked to turn up for a rehearsal and then mix for the show, so I never had much of an input in terms of what equipment was being used.

What is your console of choice?
My console of choice would have to be either the M7CL or any Soundcraft desk. These two brands have been the best sounding to my ears that I have used, however everyone is different and may disagree with me.

If you could tour with any band/artist who would it be?
If I could tour with a band it would have to be the legendary Iron Maiden, a band I have followed since I was a kid and still do to this day. Also, being a member of local crew on their final frontier tour, I was keen for more of the tour and the great humour of the crew. The great powerful voice of Bruce Dickinson and the skilful bass lines of Steve Harris have always had an impact on the music I listen to and enjoy. And after over 30 years of music and still going strong, they must be doing something right.

To get involved in our Rising Stars column, whether you are an engineer who is new to the industry and would like to be featured, or an experienced engineer who would like to nominate a particular student/apprentice, please contact Audio Pro International editor Daniel Gumble on daniel.gumble@intentmedia.co.uk or 01992 535646.

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