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Bespoke new SAE facility in Cape Town

Posted by Giacomo on February 09, 2012
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SAE Institute continues to expand – now offering world-class education to students in the South African capital…


Cape Town, South Africa: SAE Institute is committed to offering the very best in providing degree-standard audio, film and multimedia education to their students.
SAE Cape Town will be housed in a landmark building situated in the heart of Cape Town’s business district. Based on three floors, SAE Cape town is home to a state of the art recording studio, an advanced computer centre and two fully-equipped lecture halls, offering the latest technology in all fields of creative study.

The first diploma intake for Audio Engineering, Digital Animation and Multimedia and Web Development will commence in July, with exciting new courses such as Electronic Music Production and the revolutionary Digital DJ course set to launch later in 2008. SAE Cape Town is also set to offer their pioneering Film diploma in 2009, offering superior facilities and world-class lecturers to students looking to enter South Africa’s dynamic film industry.

“Cape Town, as a cosmopolitan, world famous city, is clearly the most logical entry point for SAE into the African market,” says Pier Paolo Merlo, SAE Cape Town’s Business Development Manager. “A truly unique institution with a formidable global reputation, SAE Institute is set to boost South Africa’s creative industries whilst providing pioneering technology for the country’s students. With their commitment to world-class technology and a practical, hands-on curriculum, the opening of this world-class academy should be a key milestone in South Africa’s crea


SAE Liverpool launch Ableton Live Course

Posted by Giacomo on February 09, 2012
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SAE launch short course aimed at DJs and producers wanting to unlock the possibilities of the world’s most performance-friendly software.


SAE Liverpool have long been training the city’s foremost engineers and producers, but with the introduction of the Ableton Live Course they’re now turning their attention towards the nation’s DJs and electronic music performers. Ableton Live is considered by many to be the ultimate tool for creative hands-on performance, and practically all of the world’s greatest DJs use it in their sets. Now, over four weeks of hands-on tuition, you too can unlock the secrets of the world’s greatest performance software!

With SAE Liverpool’s Ableton Live Course you’ll learn how the role of the DJ has evolved beyond all recognition in these most digital of times. This four-week course takes place in the evenings and comprises only the best tools to ensure an insight and education that’s second to none. Of course all aspiring DJs will get hands-on with Ableton Live 8 – the latest and greatest iteration of the software – but they’ll also get an insight into ultimate control with the Vestax VCM-600 purpose-built Ableton Live controllers, without doubt the perfect set-up for any DJ who craves instant live performance control married to extreme creativity.

With Ableton Live the world of the DJ is changing, and changing fast. Can you afford to be left behind? For more information on the Evolution of the DJ, point your browser towards, or call 0151 255 1313 for more information.

Course: Ableton Live Course
Duration: 4 weeks
Classes: Evening
Location: SAE Liverpool

SAE Liverpool manager Gavin Attard said: “SAE Liverpool has always focused on preparing our students for professional careers, but we also need to address the needs of those who need quick, hands-on and practical help to get up to speed with the greatest industry-standard tools that are set to shape the next generation of DJs and electronic music performers. And that’s where our new Ableton Live Course comes in. In the space of 4 weeks we aim to revolutionise perceptions and expectations. Using the most powerful DJ software in the world and one of the most intuitive controllers yet released, we’re certain our Ableton Live Course will lift DJs of all skill levels to new and as yet unimagined heights of creativity.”

Ableton Live Course


SAE College now in Mumbai

Posted by Giacomo on February 09, 2012
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Seen at the launch are Tanuja Chandra, Salim, Ram Sampath, Rajesh Touchriver, Tanay G and Raman Madaan
he sixth SAE Technology College in India was launched in Mumbai, on March 25. It offers internationally certified diploma and degree courses as well as dual diplomas in Audio Engineering — Digital Filmmaking.


SAE also offers an upgrade to further studies as degree, post graduation and doctoral in these three disciplines.

Established in 1976 by Prof Tom Misner, a leading producer and audio engineer, and headquartered in Byron Bay, SAE is present in over 18 countries across four continents, and it has 49 colleges spanning the globe. The leader in Media Education, SAE was the first of its kind offering professional courses in the technology domain for media. SAE acquired Studios 301, the world’s largest and the second oldest audio studio to complement it, in its quest for industry leadership.

SAE Colleges in India are designed to follow the International SAE standards, the focus being preparing the student for a professional career in the above mentioned fields. In India, Media Education revolution was first experienced in Chennai in 2000, with Bangalore, Coimbatore, Trivandrum and New Delhi following suite. Mumbai is the latest addition to the educational empire.

The board of education in India comprises eminent industry stalwarts like filmmkaer Priyadarshan, cinematographer-director Santosh Sivan, producer Rajesh Touchriver, filmmaker Suresh Balaje, singer Dr S P Balasubramanian, audio engineer Deepan Chatterjee, Philip Umit Kilic and Dr. Clive Pascoe of SAE International, Dr. Jackson (Management Sciences), Ramesh Nambiar for Industry Relations, Dr. (Mrs). Hema Raghavan, principal, Gargi Womens College, Delhi, Amitabh Sinha (Media Convener), Ibrahim Vernon (executive director, RED FM).

The students of the college have been well placed with known names in the industry like BBC, Empire Studios, Sunny Super Sound, Sahara TV, CNBC, Padmalaya Studios, Infosys Ltd, Kuwait TV.

The launch of the SAE in Mumbai had the following guests on its list of panel speakers from the entertainment industry:

Tanuja Chandra: Finished a formal course on filmmaking from USA and has directed teleserials and films like Tamanna, Dushman, Sangharsh, Yeh Zindagi Ka Safar. Presently she is working on a Filmstar featuring Mahima Chaudhury and Priyanshu Chatterjee. Later on this year, she will be making her first English film with the backdrop of 9/11.

Salim and Sulaiman: The composer duo have composed music for TV, Indipop albums and background score for Bhoot and other films. They are also involved in programming and arranging of Zakir Hussain and Adnam Sami’s albums. Bhoot won for them the Best Background Music Award at the 10th Annual Screen Awards this year. They are currently busy with Yashraj Films’ Hum Tum.

Eric Pillai: An Alumni of the City of West Minister College, London, he has worked on films like Yaadein, Lucky, Tere Liye, Khushi etc. The albums he has worked on include the ones for Euphoria, Silk Route and Adnan Sami’s Tera Chehra. His upcoming release is Sami’s new album.

Tanay G: An Audio engineer for eight years, he has won the IIFA Award 2003 for his sound recording for Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus Devdas. He has also worked on films like Gadar – Ek Prem Katha, Monsoon Wedding and Richard Clayderman-Rahul Sharma’s album Confluence. He has worked on almost 200 productions till date and is currently working for Rajiv Rai’s Asambhav.

Rajesh Touchriver: An alumni of Trichur School of Drama and Wimbledon school of Art, London, he started off with a controversial film In The Name Of Buddha which was screened at many international film festivals. He is currently working on a British film.

Raman Madaan: An engineering and management professional with 12 years of experience, he handles the regional operations of South East Asia for Discreet. He has worked with companies like IFLEX, handling Western Europe oeprations and with SDRC, USA.

Ram Sampath: A prodigy in music, he has composed over 3000 jingles and done the music for Shiamak Davar’s debut album Mohabbat Kar Le and Shaan’s Bhool Ja. He made his film music debut with Khakee and has bagged AB Corp’s Ranveer.

The panel spoke on the importance of formal education in Audio Engineering and Filmmaking. Madaan announced the tie-up of Discreet with SAE on the production course run in the area of special EFX and games development, hitherto not available in the country, while Salim underlined the importance of music knowledge for audio engineers and his experience with SAE trained engineers.

Chandra spoke on women in entertainment and requirement of formal education for film makers, and Pillai explained about album production and how formal education has taken the West a long way in sound engineering.

On the occasion, SAE unveiled its student composed and engineered album titled Chimes 2 and its technology newsletter for the entertainment industry – Lissenup.

Rathish Babu, CEO, SAE India and China said, “With the amount of content required by the TV channels, Broadband operators, DRM operators and video content, we have just touched the tip of the iceberg in providing production trained manpower for the entertainment industry. But then SAE has been doing it for 26 years globally and it’s a question of time the industry here takes note.”


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NYC Recording School: SAE New York

Posted by Giacomo on April 28, 2008
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I had the pleasure of dropping into SAE New York and meeting up with Udo, the School’s Manager, who kindly gave me a tour of the NYC Music Production School, located on the 9th floor of the Herald Center, 1293 Broadway.

The area is unusually circular in design (in a good way) which gives the spaces a sense of fluidity, and the school’s equipment list which fills the spaces is impressive, (big shiny desks and gear everywhere). It was even better seeing students working in very small groups on musical projects, I even saw one studio with a 2 inch 24 track multi-track recorder doing the business, awesome, that old skool tape sound still alive!

SAE NYC Recording School Students Working On a MixAlong with the tour Udo gave good conversation about what they get up to in the vibrant city of New York which I found really interesting to hear, it must be a rush to study in an area with such a buzz around you, both inside and outside.

New York (NYC) is a seriously vibrant place and the phrase “the city never sleeps” is without a doubt true, which I’ve experienced before.

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