Students Learn Big Live Audio Setup Firsthand

Students Learn Big Live Audio Setup Firsthand

CRAS live sound internship

Student internship opportunity at University of Phoenix Stadium

On Easter weekend, a crew of 50 Conservatory of Recording Arts students will accomplish what the Arizona Cardinals have been unable to do all year in their new stadium: win big. The all-CRAS audio crew, led by Live Sound Instructor Keith Morris will win by getting first-class on the job training as they help set up and operate a huge live audio system in the 64,000-seat venue. The event, hosted by Radiant Church, boasts an action packed, multi-media experience featuring the Disney Channel’s Jump5 and an inspiring Easter Holiday message.

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All Hands On Education!

All Hands On Education!

CRAS hands on

Student prepares for his Live Sound Proficiency

Assessing knowledge and proficiency in education is the best way to train someone in any field. This hands on approach to education is one of our cornerstones at CRAS. Students become proficient in the operation of software and hardware throughout the program. For starters, students are eligible for 12 certifications from Apple, Digidesign, TC Electronic and the school’s own programs for Auto Tune, Reason and more. There are also hands-on tests in Live Sound, and in the operation of consoles from Neotek, SSL, Neve and Focusrite’s Control 24. When your hands are on the gear and you’re the only one in the room besides the instructor, the heat is on and you must prove that you know your stuff. This kind of attention to detail and testing makes Conservatory students eminently employable throughout the industry. What’s the bottom line? A Conservatory education plus dedication equals a career path in audio.

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What is Ogg Vorbis?

What is Ogg Vorbis?

CRAS digital audio recording MP3

Ogg Vorbis is a fully open, non-proprietary, patent-and-royalty-free, general-purpose compressed audio format for mid to high quality audio. It is in the same class as the MPEG-4 (AAC) compression scheme but it is in the public domain and completely free for commercial or noncommercial use.

Did you know that if you use the MP3 format to sell your music, you must pay the Fraunhofer Institute a percentage of each sale because you are using their patents? With Vorbis, you don’t.

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