Adelaide College of the Arts

Technical Production & Design

Technical Production & Design

Andrew Leitch

Staff Profile: Andrew Leitch

Lecturer in Sound.

Beginning a music career at the age of 8, Andrew showed an interest in audio related technologies early in life and by the age of 15, became the “music & sound” sales consultant at Yamaha Musicland. During the following years he became a valuable member in the local music industry by contributing to the production of audio recordings for local youth musicians. Much of the technology of the time was very limited and required a greater understanding of producing quality audio for listening pleasure. At the age of 19, Andrew became involved in the live production area assisting local Adelaide bands in setting up Public Address systems in pubs and clubs. In the following years, the skills in using professional sound equipment were learnt and presented opportunities for mixing sound for bands like exploding White Mice and The Screaming Believers. Becoming a regular operator at venues such as The Governor Hindmarsh, The Union Hotel, The Alma and several other venues coupled with full time work with a production company (Musical Hire Service) hiring, servicing, delivering and operating professional audio equipment.

In 1996, Andrew studied IT as a complimentary skill to Audio production and then went on to obtain a Diploma of Music Industry (Technical Production) and also a Diploma in Live Production, Theatre and Events. Utilising the educational awards and the previous years of experience, the year 2000 saw Andrew became the on-call technician at “The Parks” community centre managing 2 theatres, client liaison and performing a majority of the technical infrastructure as well as continuing to be a freelance audio operator at local venues. Andrew became the full time Venue Technician in 2007 at the Barr Smith Theatre at Scotch College, where he delivered the Certificate II in Live Production Theatre and events to Scotch’s students and expanded the colleges Technical Production program within the Drama department. In 2008, Andrew also began delivering Certificate IV and Diploma subjects to the Technical Production students at Salisbury TAFE and in 2012, at Adelaide College of the Arts. Since 2013, Andrew has become involved in the AVID Pro Tools and Venue training programs and actively pursues further training in new technologies relating to the Audio industry as well as involvement in the local music industry.