Although LDI is a lighting design show, audio plays a big part. One of the draws at the show are the workshops and panels held during the convention. This year, three of the panel topics were titled Using Plug-ins Live, Last Call for White Spaces! and Recording the Show. Panelists included CRAS Board of Director member and live sound engineer Robert Scovill, and CRAS grad Nick Simonds who works as a FOH engineer at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas. CRAS Director of Education and Mix Magazine Technical Editor Kevin Becka acted as moderator for all three panels that drew attendees from all over the United States and Canada. Other panelists included heads of audio from Cirque du Soleil, representatives from Waves, Roland Systems Group and Sennheiser, former White House audio engineer Carl Cordes(Professional Wireless), Buford Jones from Meyer Sound and Matt Bishop from Alford Media.
Conservatory staff, grads and students recently enjoyed the gear, parties, panels, studio tours and buzz surrounding the 2008 AES Convention at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. “It was impossible to walk the floor for 5 minutes without seeing a CRAS student or grad,” said Director of Education Mike Jones. DPA microphones, Blue microphones, Presonus, Antelope Audio, Blackbird Studio and TC Electronic were just a few examples of companies exhibiting at the show who were employing CRAS grads.
On Friday and Saturday nights, Hyde Street Studios hosted one of the many parties around town which offered a combination of networking opportunities and technology demos. Pictured above is CRAS grad Eddie Mapp recording Evanescence bassist Tim McCord for a group of onlookers enjoying the evening at the studio. Visit our photo gallery for more shots from the show.
KRK Supports Education
KRK Systems was founded in 1986, by Keith Klawitter, an engineer with credits on such films as Brainstorm and The Doors. Keith was frustrated by the fact he couldn’t find a monitor that gave him clarity and accuracy, so he began building his own. Other engineers and producers began to take notice of Keith’s high-end studio monitors, a groundswell began and a company was born. Recently, KRK dropped off 5 sets of speakers for evaluation in the Conservatory’s 8 recording studios and critical listening classes.