CRAS Grad Panel Part 5

Following up on our Grad Panel post from yesterday, here is the continuation:

cras grad panel

From left to right –

Jeremy Hinskton – A2 Engineer at Music Mix Mobile

Callie Thurman – Sound Dialogue Editor at Wildfire Post

Andrew Wuepper – Mix Engineer, Freelance

Maggie O’Brien – Production and Operations Manager at Blue Microphones

Eric Rennaker – Studio Manager at Bedrock LA

When we left off yesterday, the grads were going over what they look for in an intern they are interested in hiring.

Andrew: Another thing for me, people that I look for, is musical instincts. I can teach you the use of an 1176, or I can teach you why we use a Neve. I can teach you how to get a good snare sound, but I can’t teach you what a good snare sound is. You have to study music. Just as much as you’re in this school studying how music is recorded and how it’s mixed and how it’s produced, you have to study what makes great music great music. From a composition stand point, the way different music is arranged, different sounds, different vibes. Different sounds that  create different vibes. So your homework doesn’t just have to do with what are great compressors. It has to do with man, those are great records, they were timeless. Listen to how they feel. Because a lot of producers don’t speak the language of “can you give me 2 dB of compression” or…some of them do but a lot of them, it’s all about the feel for them. A lot of people can’t hear past good. They just know how it feels.

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CRAS Grad Panel Part 4

Following up on our Grad Panel post from yesterday, here is the continuation:

cras grad panel post

From left to right –

Jeremy Hinskton – A2 Engineer at Music Mix Mobile

Callie Thurman – Sound Dialogue Editor at Wildfire Post

Andrew Wuepper – Mix Engineer, Freelance

Maggie O’Brien – Production and Operations Manager at Blue Microphones

Eric Rennaker – Studio Manager at Bedrock LA

On the previous post, we were working our way from the best moments these fine Grads have had, and leading into how to be successful in the industry:

Andrew: Like I was saying earlier, you never know when your chance is going to come. It could be five years, one year, six months. The harder you work, the more positions you put yourself in to get lucky. Luck is going to have something to do with it. You’re going to have to get lucky.

Jeremy: And make friends.

Andrew: The more you’re around, the better your chances are to get lucky.

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CRAS Grad Panel Part 3

Following up on our Grad Panel post from yesterday, here is the continuation:

cras grad panel post

From left to right –

Jeremy Hinskton – A2 Engineer at Music Mix Mobile

Callie Thurman – Sound Dialogue Editor at Wildfire Post

Andrew Wuepper – Mix Engineer, Freelance

Maggie O’Brien – Production and Operations Manager at Blue Microphones

Eric Rennaker – Studio Manager at Bedrock LA

Crowd Question: What’s your internship nightmare story and what did you do to resolve or fix that situation?

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CRAS Grad Panel Part 2

Following up on our Grad Panel post from yesterday, here is the continuation:

cras grad panel

From left to right –

Jeremy Hinskton – A2 Engineer at Music Mix Mobile

Callie Thurman – Sound Dialogue Editor at Wildfire Post

Andrew Wuepper – Mix Engineer, Freelance

Maggie O’Brien – Production and Operations Manager at Blue Microphones

Eric Rennaker – Studio Manager at Bedrock LA

Crowd Question: What advice do you have to give to students who are maybe conflicted between which state they want to go to, or even just cities? Say somebody wants to go to LA, but on the other hand they also want to go to New York, or Nashville, or Chicago…

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CRAS Grad Panel

Here at the Conservatory, we do our best to prepare students to be successful in the audio recording and music production industry. We also remember our successes, and do our best to figure out what we did right to make someone’s dreams come true. We bring those success stories back to the school so our newer students can get a perspective on what it takes to be great. Recently we had a great grad panel discussion after hours in our live sound venue. We brought back five of some of the most successful students that we have ever put out to discuss their stories and enlighten us on their paths to greatness.

cras grad panel

From left to right –

Jeremy Hinskton – A2 Engineer at Music Mix Mobile

Callie Thurman – Sound Dialogue Editor at Wildfire Post

Andrew Wuepper – Mix Engineer, Freelance

Maggie O’Brien – Production and Operations Manager at Blue Microphones

Eric Rennaker – Studio Manager at Bedrock LA

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Recording Magazine Spotlight on CRAS

cras gilbert recording magazine

Recently, chief editor of Recording Magazine Lorenz Rychner came out and visited the Conservatory. CRAS has had a relationship with Recording Magazine for a while. This was the first time that Lorenz was actually able to come to see the campus in person. Recording Magazine is a phenomenal publication that covers all the ins and outs of recording, from techniques to gear, interviews and much more. We are proud to say that we offer complimentary issues of Recording Magazine to all of our current students. The entire box of magazines that we got this last week have already flown off the shelves!

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Grad Spotlight: Sorrel Brigman Update

There’s been a lot of talk lately about RCA’s Studio A in Nashville being sold! Here’s a quick info update from Ben Folds:

Here’s an update on the status of the possible sale of historic RCA Studio A:

My office just received a phone call from a Brentwood TN-based development firm. Bravo Development is the firm that was planning to purchase the land and the building that houses the studio. Mr. Reynolds informed us that his firm will only buy the property if his engineering and architectural team can figure out a way to feasibly re-develop the property while protecting and preserving the studio for future generations to enjoy. He went on to say that if it’s not feasible for him and his team to do so, he would not move forward on the purchase.

 

All I can say is that this speaks volumes about the character of Mr. Reynolds and demonstrates an appreciation and respect for our city’s great music heritage.

 

Thank you Mr. Reynolds..

 

I look forward to learning more about the studio’s ultimate fate, and will pass along any further information I receive.”

One of our grads, Sorrel Brigman, had the opportunity to work with Ben Folds since she’s graduated from CRAS!

Sorrel Brigman

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HARMAN Lexicon Outboard Gear

lexicon harman outboard

The Conservatory is one of the few schools that has a massive focus on analog sound gear. 6 of our 8 full studios incorporate analog consoles from Neotek, API and SSL, as well as 24-track analog tape recorders from Otari and Studer. While this provides a lot of on-board signal processing capabilities, you can’t forget our outboard gear racks.

student at patch bay

Connectable via bantam jack or TT patch bays, each studio has an array of outboard gear, and most notably we have a large collection of HARMAN Lexicon processors. We have four Lexicon MX400 units, two PCM92 processors, and some classic PCM80 and PCM70s.

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Iron Man 3 Sound Department Goes to Toys R Us

iron man post production recording

Post production, which is the process of adding sound effects, music and dialogue to a movie, is an incredibly fun job duty. Most of the audio you hear in a movie was recorded and synced to the video after the initial video was recorded. While some of the originally recorded elements may still exist in the final product, there is an incredible amount of time put into the re-recording process. Sometimes the location that they are recording the video footage may not have the best audio presence, or a line  was skipped, or the sound effects needed better processing to give the desired effect.

So in these cases post production engineers spend time doing ADR and foley to maximize the quality of the aural experience. During the filming process of Iron Man 3, the sound team got a couple neat field trips – one to a firing range and one to a Toys R Us store.

“The most important sound of the movie is going to be the sound of the suit because it’s Iron Man,” says supervising sound editor Mark Stoeckinger, a three-time Oscar nominee for Face/Off, Star Trek, and Unstoppable. “Metal is usually harsh and grates on people’s nerves, but the fact is, there’s a lot of it in Iron Man, so you’ve got to find a way to make that interesting. So we just recorded a lot of various metal objects and mic’d them in certain ways, filtered and processed those recordings so they weren’t just bright and edgy, and used all sorts of plug-ins to help make a lot of different notes like a musical instrument.”

“Our first foray into that,” he admits, “was going into a Toys ‘R’ Us late at night when nobody was paying attention and recording some of them on the display wall, just to get an idea of what we wanted. Some of those sounds were more for the leg sounds — the legs of Iron Patriot. You just record a whole palette of that, like, ‘Ah, I think that will be good for that.’ ‘Yeah, that might be good for this.’ There was a lot of trial and error.”

You can read more about this recording expedition here. Learn more about our post production classes as part of our audio engineering curriculum here.

CRAS Student Selected for the Sennheiser Mentor Program

sennheiser mentor program

Congratulations to CRAS student Brad Bacon for being selected for the Sennheiser Mentor Program. Sennheiser will fly Brad to Charlotte, NC where he’ll spend the weekend observing the audio production process involved in broadcasting NASCAR’s Coca Cola 600. Brad will be shadowing Fox Sports Sr. Audio Mixer Fred Aldous, who just won his 20th Sports Emmy award. Fred, who happens to live in the Phoenix area where CRAS is located, dropped by the school and was able to meet Brad before his trip. He spent time going over the track and production compound layouts to give Brad some sense of what he’ll see during his trip later this May.

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