The Telefunken Experience

telefunken studio recording

The Conservatory, as any good recording school or studio should, has a broad mic collection. We have a wide range of virtually any mic that you could need, from dynamic to condenser, and even some ribbons thrown in for good measure. Recently, we were able to acquire a couple sweet new mics and give them a little bit of a test run. Overall, I would have to say that I am very impressed.

Even at the unboxing, I could tell that these mics were special. The presentation of the mics, each in its own custom wood box, fitting perfectly on its cushion of a velour pillow. Light was vibrantly scattered around, reflecting off of the pristine and untouched metal accents of the frame and grill. Angled in the right direction, you could see the gold of the diaphragm winking out at you from behind the mesh screen. At a mere glance, you can tell that a lot of time and work went into producing these mics, and if the fit and finish on the outside is that impressive, you can only expect that the inner workings of these mics to be fantastic.

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Game Audio Spotlight: The Last of Us

game audio last of us

Every day, gaming culture expands more and more into the mainstream markets. For a long time video games were considered children’s toys, or hobbies for geeks. While some of that may ring true, we have an entire generation of people who have grown up being raised by the controller. While controversial in some areas, video games can improve critical thinking, as well and hand-eye coordination. As the technology of the video game and computer realms is constantly improving, where drawing the line between reality and a game is blurring, more and more people are converting to being “gamers”.

last of us gaming

One of the biggest selling points of a game, aside from pleasing graphical delivery and solid gameplay, is the sound.

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The Great Gatsby Soundtrack: Special Edition

The Great Gatsby Discs

Based upon the 1925 literary work by F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby is an interesting commentary on the lavish lifestyle of the rich and famous. The tale followed Nick Carraway in his travels seeking a true purpose in existence, and his interactions with Jay Gatsby prove that there is more to life than being rich and decadent. Relaunched in 2013, The Great Gatsby was reworked into a modern film, and lived up to its name by grossing over $100M in its first month at the box offices.

The soundtrack, as can any soundtrack to a film, provided an important and interesting perspective on the classic tale. Produced by Jay-Z, of the coincidentally ironic Roc-A-Fella Records (a cheeky tie-in to the Rockefeller dynasty) the album spared no expense, including many famous modern artists from Jack White of the White Stripes, to Florence and the Machine, Lana Del Ray, Gotye and of course, Beyonce.

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Grad Spotlight: Follow Up with Eric Nichols

Eric Nichols Broadcast WGN-TV

In a previous post, we mentioned CRAS Grad Eric Nichols. Eric started his audio career training at the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences in October of 2010. Since then he has been constantly working in various fields, and has recently landed a pretty sweet gig! While he spent a lot of his time doing radio and live sound, he recently got accepted as Associate Producer with Learfield Sports in Missouri. We recently caught up with him, and here is his report from his first week on the job!

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CRAS Grad Panel Part 6 – The Finale

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, we were going over what these grads look for in an intern. We will continue with tips and suggestions on how to be the best you can be, perhaps without even being seen.

Crowd Question: I just had a question about interning and being a new hire. I know the basics of it, like you guys are going through the whole better to be invisible kind of stuff. But from experience, do you know of any interns who had a wow factor? Like, I knew you were going to be good because of this, or I saw this in you that I didn’t see in someone else.

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