Immersive audio specialists ARK360º have announced a series of free workshops beginning on 14 November 2022 dedicated to mixing in the Sony 360RA immersive format. The workshops are free to anyone, and aim to introduce young creatives, artists, and music producers from diverse backgrounds to the latest audio technology and to provide them with the tools to elevate their music production to another level. In-person spaces are limited, with just 20 places available.
An online option is also available and will run concurrently with the in-person workshops, with periods of crossover between the two. All attendees will have the chance to submit three original tracks which will be considered for release on the world’s first 360RA compilation. There will also be a listening party held at L-Acoustics Creations Highgate immersive sound space, where participants will be able to hear their tracks played back in a 360° pro sound environment alongside attending industry professionals and presss.
The Workshop launches on 14 November 2022 at Hackney Wick’s White Post Bar, London, and will feature a masterclass by a leading immersive audio engineer whose recent credits include Dua Lipa and Arlo Parks. There will also be a guest panel featuring Auntie Flo, Cktrl, Wu-Lu and Maria Chaira Argirò. Attendees of the in-person event will be set up with a 12-month licence of WalkMix and will be given a free pair of premium Sony headphones. Those attending the online workshop will have exclusive video access to the day, and will also receive a WalkMix licence, but not a pair of headphones.
During the succeeding week, the in-person participants will be trained in the latest immersive audio technology, Sony 360RA, at ARK360º’s own state-of-the-art studio suite. Online classes will run during this time for those attending remotely, where attendees will have access to online resources and video classes which will explain the features of WalkMix and the art of immersive mixing.
All participants will then have over a month to work remotely and create up to three tracks mixed in 360RA, which, once submitted, will be subject to final quality checks and delivery to distribution services. There is no guarantee that tracks will end up on the compilation. Both in-person and online attendees will be invited to the immersive playback event at L-Acoustics Creations.
Details of availability and how to apply for the workshops, along with terms and conditions, are available on the ARK360º website.