It's become a bit of a anual event, Chritsmas comes and goes then Chris Layton, head of Live Sound at Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) drops me a line asking if I can come up and speak to the third year Sound Tech and Theatre Performace Technology students about advanced live sound things. So this year discussions included, Digital Audio Networking, Ethersound, Cobranet and so fourth. My old favourirte, mixing the top of Miss Saigon to the recording. A whole morning talking about comms and cue lights and power not very soundie I know but ecencial all the same. Finally a look at providing sound effects for theatre. All in all quite a pleaseant and intresting couple of days, and a good bunch of students. Though can you believe there are now sound engineers who havent heard of Revox machines or have never used MiniDisks?