Case study

Creating the perfect live room
for Blackburn College

Blackburn College’s music and media departments work with clients like MTV, Tate Liverpool and the Saatchi Gallery to record interviews and live sets from upcoming bands. We helped them develop a state of the art digital audio and video setup.

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Blackburn College called upon Jigsaw24 to install their new Pro Tools HD system, ensuring the transition was swift and problem free.

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Why did they come to us?
Blackburn College’s live room doubles as a TV studio, meaning they can film and record bands’ live sets at the same time. However, as Production lecturer Andrew Piper explained, “the setup we had before was just a collection of old and borrowed kit, and it was getting a bit long in the tooth.” When their media department was damaged by a flood, staff decided it was time to make the move to a digital setup.

What did they need?
“The clients we work with have quite high demands for technical output,” explained lecturer Jamie Holman, “so it placed massive impact on the spec we were looking for. We really wanted something as close to broadcast [standard] as possible, and that would allow students to perform roles.”

How did we help?
Jigsaw24 consultants Rob Williams and Lewis Brown worked with Blackburn’s music and media staff to finalise a list of equipment that would allow students and bands alike to make the most of the space. We set them up with JVC GY-HD251E cameras, an Avid C24 control surface for their Pro Tools setup and a custom vision mixing solution.

What were the benefits?
The new system has revitalised staff, and given students learn a more industry standard skill set and can produce a higher quality of work.

“The best thing the new system has done is revitalise the staff. It’s been good for our entire production team, and it’s exciting because the quality of what the students are producing now is phenomenal.”

Jamie Holman, Level Three Foundation Art And Design Media Programme Leader, Lecturer in Media Production, Blackburn College.

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Blackburn College and University Centre have been providing a wide range of courses for over 120 years, and were one of the first colleges in the country to be rated ‘Outstanding’ across the board by Ofsted. They currently have over 15,000 students.

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