Getting Smaart in Live Sound

Getting Smaart in Live Sound

CRAS Smaart live sound

9th cycle students learning Smaart

The Conservatory’s live sound program offers students a complete education in sound reinforcement. Arguably, the most important job in live sound is tuning your system to the room, and that’s where Rational Acoustic’s Acoustic Tools sound system measurement and analysis software comes in. SmaartLive offers the user a way to measure impulse response, log spectrum data and control external devices, all from a laptop. Computer control and measurement of audio along with a solid signal path is the cutting edge in live sound, and that’s why the Conservatory uses the best gear available from companies like Lake Contour, SIA, Yamaha, JBL and more.

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Clinics Build Chops

Clinics Build Chops

CRAS guitar recording clinic

Guitarist Thomas L. (Pistoleros, Ghetto Cowgirl, Loretta) being miked up in the Cycle 4 guitar clinic

Conservatory students learn a variety of mic techniques in the course of the program. Drum clinics, band clinics, guitar clinics and other sessions and classes give students plenty of hands-on time putting mics in front of instruments, then hearing the results. Building chops in the classroom environment prepares our future engineers for their 5th and 10th cycle projects where students record live musicians in one of the school’s 8 studios. In addition, after leaving the program, students can rely on the skills they’ve learned to provide a solid base for sessions and other production projects.

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One-on-One Experience

One-on-One Game Audio Experience

CRAS game audio

Students using Wwise game audio software

The Conservatory stresses the importance of training on the best gear possible, and this is no more evident than in the new Audio for Video Games classes. For the new curriculum, CRAS purchased 26 MacBook laptops featuring Intel Core 2 Duo processors, one for each student to use in the classroom. These dual-boot computers will run either Apple’s OS X or Windows operating systems, making the MacBook a very powerful teaching tool. For the Video Game Audio classes, the Conservatory is the first audio education institution to integrate Audiokinetic‘s Wwise software into their program.

Check out more about our partnership with Audiokinetic on YouTube!

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Happiness is a Mac Pro

Happiness is a Mac Pro

CRAS Mac Pro

Cycle 5 student Megan practicing her chops in Pro Tools

The Conservatory recently updated all 14 Pro Tools HD TDM Lab and Studio D workstations with brand new Apple Mac Pro computers, the first audio school in the USA to do so.

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