The Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies in Nottingham has selected Nexo’s Geo M6 compact line array system, with LS18 subbass cabinets, as the hands-on training inventory for its pioneering degree courses in Live and Technical Events. In September 2018, that GEO M6 PA system, along with Confetti and all its music and events students, will be relocating to a new £4 million Contemporary Music and Live Events Hub in the centre of Nottingham.
Confetti is one of the most forward thinking educational institutes in the UK, home to the very best technology, studios and equipment, industry-connected tutors and over 1500 passionate and committed college, undergraduate and postgraduate students. Graduates go on to careers in music, gaming, TV, film, live events, graphic design.
This summer, Confetti turns out the first BSc (Hons) graduates from its pioneering Live and Technical Events courses. With less than five such certified courses available in the UK, there is great demand for such practical learning and students go on to work in a variety of jobs from live sound engineers to video technicians.
Now part of Nottingham Trent University, Confetti has equipped an all-purpose teaching space with the Nexo Geo M6 line array, where the system is being used by students studying a variety of programmes, summed up by course leader Rob Baldock as “preparing for real work in the industry – all aspects of the technical roles on the live show”. Students from crossover subjects, such as music technology and production technology courses for film, television and games also make the most of access to a full-spec rider-friendly line array PA system.
Chosen for its compact dimensions, the fully featured Geo M6 rig sits at the heart of an expansive curriculum, which takes students from basic acoustic theories to the practicalities of rigging sound systems, including control via both analogue and digital consoles, to the science of system design using both line array and point-source loudspeakers.
Confetti’s Rob Baldock turned to an ex-student for advice on a ‘house’ system for the Institute. “Sash Pochibko, founder of Derby-based rental company Sound of Music, not only gave us brilliant advice and supplied all the kit we needed, but is a very convenient friend to have locally, when we need to sub-hire additional equipment for any reason,” said Baldock.
Sound of Music, as a Nexo dealer, was able to supply the M620 cabinets for the line array, with a pair of Nexo’s well-known LS18 subbass, complete with full flyware, and NXAMP4x4 amplification. “With industry-standard equipment at their disposal, our graduates are moving to another level, far beyond book-learning,” said Baldock. “Confetti’s courses are changing the image of students coming into the industry, educating them with a practical and experiential emphasis. In other words, producing industry-ready graduates.”