RMIT students successfully presented the ninth annual SPAVIS event in August at one of Melbourne’s premier live music venues.
Local Melbourne bands Teal and Breaking Orbit supported Sydney-based headliners Sleep Makes Waves in front of a near sell-out crowd at the Corner Hotel.
An important collaboration between the Sound Production and Live Production and Technical Services programs, the Sound Production Audio Visual Industry Showcase (SPAVIS) project is an opportunity for final-year students to apply their skills in event planning, live sound and audio, and visual recording.
RMIT Sound Production and Live Production and Technical Services Programs Manager, John Phillips, said the event was created to give students “real world experience“ in order to equip them for a successful career in technical production.
“The Sound Production Audio Visual Industry Showcase, or SPAVIS, event gives students the chance to work in a real world scenario, working in a professional venue with professional artists,“ he said.
“Being able to give the sound production students hands-on experience with a DiGiCo SD7 is a fantastic opportunity, which is why we were very pleased to welcome the Outside Broadcasting (OB) truck back again this year.“
Owned by renowned Australian producer/engineer Ernie Rose, the OB truck’s DiGiCo SD7 is used to mix recorded performances for DVD production and internet broadcast.
Mr Phillips said a key part of the exercise was the close collaboration between the sound production and the audio visual technology programs.
The sound production students created the mix in the OB van before sending it to the audio visual technology students.
The audio visual students married the sound with live pictures, which were mixed from multiple cameras, before streaming the vision online.
Although there are a number of other providers that offer similar audio and visual production programs, Mr Phillips said RMIT consistently has the highest number of graduates that secure ongoing employment in the industry.
“Giving students the opportunity to work on industry standard equipment in a professional setting plays a key role in our success,“ he said.
“We are very grateful to Ernie Rose, for his OB truck, and all the good folk at the Corner Hotel for helping us make the event possible.“
Program alumnus Allison Manefield, who has worked at national television network Channel 9 since graduating, said the SPAVIS event is a great learning experience for students.
“The OB truck has an ergonomic and straightforward layout,“ she said.
“It’s easy to grasp the concepts in a short amount of preparation time.
“All of the students who mixed on it during the event will feel confident when they work in other high-end facilities with broadcast standard consoles.“