– student edition –
NAME: Ash Saron
DISCIPLINE: Bachelor of Audio
What do you most enjoy about student life at SAE?
Student life at SAE has not only taught me a lot about myself and what I am capable of but has brought me through a stage of my life that has been, to say the least, testing of my belief in myself.
Being a mature age student has been a difficult transition from not having studied since 2005, but the staff have been supportive of my journey and I thank each of them for supporting me in my experience while studying here at SAE.
What is Orientation and the first day of SAE like?
For me personally, I was like a kid in a candy store. Being introduced to all of this equipment and to people who have worked in the industry was a literal eye-opening experience for me and reaffirmed my decision to study something that perhaps is seen by some people as not a real man’s job.
Have you studied previously?
Not really, I’ve had apprenticeships as a chef, panel beater, and an auto electrician but have never finished them as I lost interest in these rather quickly.
What do you enjoy most about Audio?
The flexibility to not only produce my own work (both audio and visual) but also work with many other industries such as film, games and animation. It’s perhaps not the most well-known aspect of any production (including music if you’re a mix engineer) but having that element of anonymity is good for me knowing I’ve helped create something.
What projects have you worked on?
I have worked on many projects in my time at SAE ranging across multiple disciples. Experimental film sound design, lead audio engineer for a short film (Location sound recordist, Composer, Mix Engineer) and various recording projects amongst other things, but perhaps the two projects I am most proud of is the four-song album with accompanying music videos I produced in 7.1 surround sound which has a narrative structure of self-discovery hence the project title Discovery and the Sound-Art installation that I will be presenting for Synergy (SAE Brisbane’s student exhibition) this year which is a journey through some of my experiences in life dealing with things like Depression, Anxiety, Addiction and Self-Harm and what it is like dealing with those emotions and thoughts from my perspective.
Synergy Presentation will be recorded and released for the public on my website with the intention to release a much more developed product at the Gallery Of Modern Art in Brisbane sometime in the next year or two.
What is your favourite software you use?
I use Pro-Tools almost exclusively for my work. I believe you can do just about anything with it and its limitations (if any) breathe more creation into certain projects (Especially Surround sound and Immersive Audio)
What is your favourite hardware you use?
Favourite hardware at the moment would be the Avalon VT-737sp Channel strip in our Avid S6 Room. This thing is unbelievable in terms of flexibility with what it can do. Podcasts, Lead Vocals, DI Instruments, either used as just a Pre-Amp or used as an outboard processing module. The thing is amazing!
Tell us a little about SAE campus life?
I am a representative of the Student Council and have also represented for Audio as an assistant on many Open Days, Info Nights and also Study For A Day. I have also helped with many events both off and on campus as a representative of SAE. This includes Careers Expo, Queensland Wind Orchestra, St Columbans Concert Spectacular, Rotary Annual Convention Stage crew for Yatra: Holi Sandhya Brisbane Multicultural Arts Centre BEMAC just to name a few.
Who inspires you?
There are a few people that inspire me to do what I do. Perhaps the most influential is an Engineer called Andrew Scheps who is known for his work in Pop music, Rock, Classical music. Chris Lord-Alge, Sylvia Massy, Hans Zimmer, Danny Elfman and John Williams are also huge inspirations to me in their own rights.
Do you have any helpful tips to share with fellow students?
Never be afraid to do what you dream of, life is too short to worry about what other people think of you. With time you will come to realise that the only person that can make you happy is you, so if you’re not doing it for yourself then why are you doing it?
What are your plans for when you graduate?
My plans are to eventually become a self-sustaining creative media practitioner with a vast portfolio of not only Installation work but having a client base of musicians and artists who have come to me to help their dream become reality, not only in music but in visual media (movies, music videos etc.)
What advice would you give to someone considering coming to SAE?
Keep an open mind because as you improve your skills you will realise what your potential truly can be and will open the door to career options you might have otherwise thought were out of reach.