Photo courtesy of The Blackbird Academy
The Blackbird Academy in Nashville reports that students from its inaugural Live Sound Engineering program had the opportunity to assist country artist Luke Bryan’s audio crew for a concert during the second leg of Bryan’s current That’s My Kind of Night tour, assisting with load-in, soundcheck and load-out.
After finishing their first six weeks of instruction, The Blackbird Academy’s students hopped on a bus and headed to Lexington, Ky., for Bryan’s sold-out appearance. Bryan’s tour is supported by Clair Brothers’ Nashville office, and is touring with a Midas XL4 analog console, DiGiCo SD7 with Waves Soundgrid server, an Avid Pro Tools Rig, Yamaha SPX90II multi-effects processor, Eventide Eclipse effects processor, multiple Aphex 622 2-channel Logic Assisted Expander/Gate Dynamics Processors, a TC Electronic M3000 Studio Reverb Processor, and Clair Brothers main, side and rear cabinets.
“It was an amazing experience for the students, from load-in to load out and all of the education in-between,” says The Blackbird Academy’s Director of Live Sound, Tony Cottrill. “Students had All Access Passes, a first-class ride on a brand new tour bus, great engineering [and] music and topped the weekend off with meeting the star of the show!”