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Noise Monitoring at Balter Festival

Two students from Media Technology drove to Chepstow earlier in the month to provide noise monitoring services with Vanguardia Consulting at Balter Festival. The festival ran between 2nd and 4th June and describes itself as a “travelling convoy of misfits and weirdos, wacked-out racers and disco divas”. According to their website to Balter is “to dance artlessly, without particular skill or grace, but always with great contented enjoyment”. There were 14 stages featuring over 60 artists of a reggae-electronic ilk.

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Photo Credit: Marco Antonio Campagnuolo 

Marco and Rianna were on hand to ensure that the merriments could be as intense as possible without adversely affecting local residents. They were monitoring sound pressure levels off site and liaising with front of house to subtly control levels. Marco commented how the knowledge from his Audio Engineering course helped him to understand how to apply targeted frequency equalisation and multiband compression to get the best possible experience within the space.

Media Technology students usually get involved with noise monitoring at a number of festivals over the Summer thanks to our links with Vanguardia and Solent Acoustics.

Mind the Gap!

There is no doubt that full time study is tiring and at degree level it is can seem like a marathon. Whilst the Media Technology programme has been designed to be applied, it can sometimes still feel like a lot of theory to take on board. But did you know that you can suspend your studies for a year to complete an industry placement?

Several of our industry contacts have year-long internships available and this can be a great way to apply your knowledge and turbocharge your CV. Several students take up internships each year – usually between their second and third years. Over the last academic year we’ve had students at Evertz, Ericsson, Dolby and FocusRite.

Hannah is about to complete her internship at Evertz before returning for her final year of Broadcast Systems Engineering. Early in her placement, she built and installed a prototype cloud playout system in Washington and has continued to work on IP infrastructures since. Evertz have been at the forefront of IP broadcast networks and have developed several standardised architectures and protocols such Software Defined Video Networks. The project Hannah has been working on recently won the IABM Game Changer award at NAB and is expected to go live before she leaves.

It sounds like Hannah has really enjoyed her time at Evertz and we look forward to learning more from her on her return in September. The course team often post opportunities via the Media Technology Programme forums on SOL and Facebook or you can organise your own placements. Talk to your course leader or the student hub if you’d like to suspend your studies for a year out in industry.

An Alternative to Industry…

If you’ve ever spoken to our students or course team, you’ll be aware that our graduates benefit from excellent employment rates. But not everyone wants to head directly into industry and there other options.

Sound Engineering graduate Hugo recently checked in to let us know that he’s now enjoying working towards a master’s degree by research at the University of Sydney, Australia. He originally signed up to a MArch Architectural Science (Audio and Acoustics) but found his knowledge and experience from Solent put him too far ahead! His Dean suggested he peruse his research interests directly instead.

Hugo is now researching acoustic ceiling systems and will be working with Australian architectural firm BVN on the design of their new head office in Sydney. BVN are world-renowned and have been involved in major projects such as Olympic venues.

Hugo has been very complimentary of the course team at Solent and says “the Sound Engineering degree from Solent is one of the most valuable degrees in acoustics out there, as I discovered when I was applying to different masters and asking around”. He also highly recommends Sydney University and their facilities if anyone feels like travelling half way around the world to get a masters!

We wish Hugo all the best for his studies and future projects.

We can’t provide the Australian climate but Solent alumni could be eligible for up to a 50% reduction of tuition fees if returning to study a postgraduate course. More information here: https://www.solent.ac.uk/finance/tuition-fees/discounted-fees

Students Sponsored to Amsterdam Conference

Students from the Media Technology programme presented their thoughts on ‘technologies to look out for at IBC‘ to representatives from the IABM today. Topics ranged from virtual reality and immersive formats, to LED lighting panels and cloud-based editing. Andrew Jones and Dr Martin Salter were impressed by the students’ preparation and passion for their topics. Congratulations to Marco and Nashpal, who were chosen to attend the International Broadcasters Convention (IBC) in Amsterdam with the International Association of Broadcast Manufacturers (IABM). Commiserations to those who were unsuccessful this year but the standard was very high and the staff were proud of your performance.

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Marco and Nashpal will receive complimentary silver conference passes for the convention, access to networking events and social gatherings as well as registration for the IBC Rising Stars programme. This is all provided by the IBC. They will also have their accommodation and flights paid for and a generous daily allowance awarded by the IABM.

Southampton Solent University is the UK Higher Education partner for the IABM. Each year students from the Media Technology programme are eligible to apply for two places to the IBC conference via a two-stage application processing. Previous winners have benefited greatly from meeting professionals from across the globe and finding our about cutting edge technologies.

Dual Poster Exhibition

Yesterday saw the culmination of three years of hard work for our soon-to-be graduands. Final year Media Technology​ students presented their final year projects to the academic team and industry representatives during our annual technology exhibition “poster day”.
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Poster Exhibition in The Spark. Photo Credit: Sean Lancastle
We had a new location this year based in the atrium of the new Spark Building; the exhibition benefited from a more spacious feel and was much more visible to passersby. The exhibition was well received by a number of professionals from a range of related industries. This gave the students excellent opportunities to network as well as practising their communication skills!
As usual there was an eclectic mix of sound, vision and acoustics based projects including design and build as well as research projects. It’s great to see what the students have achieved and to hear then talking so knowledgeably and passionately on a professional level.
This year we also held the second years’ ‘managing projects’ exhibition at the same time. The second years have spent the last six weeks intensively completing a group project having planned it earlier in the year. Each group produced a poster summarising their findings and was able to discuss their thoughts with our industry visitors. This was a great opportunity for the second years to get inspiration for their own final year projects and to discuss them with the third years and professionals.
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Congratulations to all those involved for an excellent day. Special thanks have to be extended to the technicians and staff that worked tirelessly to prepare the venue and to issue all of the equipment.

AKA Broadcast

Media Technology students were visited yesterday by founder and director of AKA Broadcast, Kris Whitely. Kris formed the company six years ago with the vision of creating a light-weight systems integration service that could bring the most appropriate equipment together to deliver cost-effective and timely projects. Since then AKA has worked with and for several big-name integrators such as Ericsson, Evertz, TSL, Gearhouse, SAM, Imagine Communications and VizRt to name a few. AKA Broadcast are also developing portable production kits and other out-of-the-box solutions to meet industry needs. Kris brought along one of the prototypes and showed students how a simple rig can be put together for small sports and music events.

The main purpose of Kris’ visit was to advertise some graduate positions within the company. AKA Broadcast have identified some niches in the market and are willing to invest in the next generation of broadcast engineers to help service those needs.