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Studio to train sound engineers, DJs

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Ingwe Studios, who have been recording music for upcoming artistes here, will next month launch a school of sound engineering and deejaying in a bid to enhance the professionalism of sound engineers and DJs, NewsDay has learnt.

The studio director, Zenzele Ndebele, said the initiative came about after realisation that there was no such facility in the country although the standards of the profession left a lot to be desired.

“There are a lot of young people who are interested in music but have no place to learn the basics of the profession,” said Ndebele. “This is the reason why a lot of music studios that are set up do not last or end up producing substandard products.”

He said Ingwe Studios would like to bring “sanity and professionalism to the industry”, adding that most people did not view music as a business.

“In the year 2000, when the 100% local content was introduced on local radio, there were a lot of musicians and producers who came into the music industry but today a majority of them have left the industry,” he said.

Ndebele said Ingwe would train young people in deejaying, sound engineering and radio production for a period of four months.

“We are targeting anyone who has an interest in deejaying, producing short radio programmes and people who have an interest in sound engineering,” he said.

Ndebele also said there were a lot of people who operated their studios at home in the city.

“Our vision is to see all these bedroom studios producing high quality products. That is why we are targeting people who are already in the music industry,” he said.

“We are also encouraging musicians to come and be part of the sound engineering school. Most musicians just sing and they leave it up to the producers and engineers to do everything. They should be in control of the process of recording and decide how the final product sounds like,” pointed out.

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