How ETIC Algarve is using DRC in music production courses
We are proud to announce that we recently formed an educational partnership with a local creative industries technological college/school here in Portugal: ETIC Algarve.
Enthusiastic to see DRC involved in a teaching environment, we were keen to hear the thoughts of ETIC Algarve, ahead of this exciting collaboration. With a backdrop of the fantastic facilities available at the college, we asked the teaching staff about their decision to work with us, and DRC, in the classroom:
Can you tell us a bit about your school/college, and the courses/services you offer to students?
ETIC Algarve is a technical and vocational school, specializing in the creative industries Design, Photography, Video, Videogames, Web & Communication and of course Sound & Music. There is a strong emphasis on practice over theory inside a space of invention and restlessness where we promote the constant quest for discovery, where creativity and innovation go hand in hand. We promote a way of teaching based on real work practices, with real clients, real projects and real deadlines, all of them closely followed by our teachers who are professionals in the creative industries. We are training not only students, but more importantly our future co-workers.
Can you tell us the reasons for choosing to include DRC as part of your teaching?
Rafael Correia, one of ETIC Algarve’s trainers, covers this one: Firstly, because I use DRC in my personal projects and I like it. As a VST, it's very versatile and we [teachers] believe it's clear, useful and very quick to get some good results. And that's good for this kind of course.
Which key features of DRC do you think will be especially useful to your students and really add value to their learning experience?
The clear interface and easy access to the main functions; It has the main structure/architecture required to understand the basis of synthesis, but also [has the ability] to go further and get to unique places using DRC, almost intuitively. Waveforms, Oscillators, Noise, Modulation, Filter, Mixer, Portamento - we can easily use all these concepts to explain synthesis and the work of almost every VST, with a great interface.
Which areas of study/which topics are you planning to teach using DRC?
Analogic + Digital synthesis theory, Oscillators, Modulation, Poly/monophony, Glide, different kinds of filters, LFOs.
How important is it for you to partner with customer focused companies like Imaginando?
It's good to work with such good software, and a great team, in the same country! It works very well and gives the students a real close notion of this subject. The direct support from the company is very important, and shows how interested Imaginando are in this partnership with ETIC Algarve and our students, this gives us confidence and the feeling of being close to the product and its development.
If you are an educational institution and you’d like to see how Imaginando could benefit your students, please get in touch and we will be happy to discuss how we could work together.
From Portugal with passion,