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Jul 22, 2015

Technicians Complete Training Program in Audio Engineering 101

A mixing board can be overwhelming for its number of knobs, inputs or outputs. And if you are in the industry you would know that there has been a shortage of audio technicians to work in live productions. But tonight at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts, thirteen audio technicians will be receiving their certification after successfully completing a training course. Beginners as well as experienced engineers took on the training program to improve their skills and knowledge to be able to work professionally in the industry. Duane Moody reports.


Duane Moody, Reporting

A total of nineteen persons including disc-jockeys, technicians and others initially applied for the course and today, thirteen persons have successfully completed a certified audio training class at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts. The initiative, spearheaded by the National Institute of Culture and History through the Institute of Creative Arts, sought to provide the participants with the basic audio technical skills for live and theater presentations.


Shari Williams

Shari Williams, Communications Officer, NICH

“We saw the need for certified audio technicians in Belize and one of the main reasons is because from time to time we have production companies, events managers calling us, wanting referrals for sound engineers. And it is very hard for us to give a referral for someone who we cannot really back and know the extent of their knowledge. So we thought it was very important for us to have a course where we can actually certify these people. Mister Welch, who is the sound engineer here at the Bliss, offered to share his expertise and his know-how with the persons who would be interested in the course.”


Whitfield Welch, Trainer

“I interjected mostly the audio part of dealing mostly with live sound which is one of the stuff that we see happening in Belize the most, where you have artists coming into Belize. From my observation in the past, being out in Chicago, I spoke to some of the artists and their experience was not nice. So I said as a Belizean I would like to change that type of sentiments out there.”


Whitfield Welch

Facilitating the training is Whitfield Welch. The Belizean audio engineer has a degree in the field from the Media Arts School in New York and has worked both locally and internationally as an audio technician. Welch is currently the sound engineer for the Bliss. He spoke about the theoretical and practical aspects of the nineteen-week course.


Whitfield Welch

“All my trainees here that came to this program dealt strictly with mixing board, they dealt with crossovers, they dealt with everything pertaining to stage, with a band or an artist’s aspect. So it was very successfully for me to do this program here. I really wanted the trainees to see what a mixing board was about. They thought they knew mixing boards, but when I went into depth, they found out there was a lot missing. So today when they look at a mixing board, cause the first one I introduced them to was a forty-channel board and all they saw was a bunch of knobs and buttons and they didn’t know what they were for. Today, they can look at that board and say it is compressed now because they understand every aspect of the mixing board. So they don’t look at the board as a big board anymore, but as I looked at it when I came out of school. Most of the guys came in and assisted during shows; they were invited to come in and assist during shows so they not only did audio, but they had a chance with doing lights, they had chance to assist with curtains and lowering the screens for projections. So they were not only trained in audio. We also interjected some of the other aspects of being a technician here at the Bliss.”


A second phase of this project is expected. Duane Moody for News Five.

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