CRAS Upgrades Hardware & Software in Two Studios

Cras music production trade schoolsIn preparation for its inclusion of Dolby Atmos as part of its curriculum, The Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences (CRAS), the premier institution for audio engineering education, is proud to announce it has retrofitted two studios in both its Tempe and Gilbert, Ariz. campuses with numerous hardware and software upgrades in time for its most recent crop of students.

“As studio production continues to evolve, keeping up with the latest trends and new technologies, such as Dolby Atmos, is vital so our students are not just keeping up with the industry, but are many times ahead of the curve,” explained Robert Brock, CRAS Director of Education. “We are pleased to offer our students the very latest industry innovations to invigorate and add to their skill sets so that they are properly prepared for their internships and careers once they graduate.”

Dolby Atmos transports you from the ordinary into the extraordinary with breathtaking, moving audio that flows all around you, even overhead. With Dolby Atmos, listeners are fully immersed in the action.

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How to Break into the Music Production Industry

music production industryFrom Cardi B to the Foo Fighters, to Jay Z to Justin Timberlake, listeners, like YOU, around the world spend many hours focusing on every sound, every nuance of their recordings. These recordings have a certain magic to them that is hard to describe, and some people spend their lives trying to find that “magic” on producing their own recordings. Some people invest their money into audio gear that they see in magazines or in online tutorials, and still have the hardest time finding that “magic.” See, the truth is… it takes more than gear to make your productions take on the same kind of “magic”as those records that have inspired YOU to hone your craft.

While the Music Industry seems to be the most visually enticing aspect (see what I did there?) of this world, the same science that it takes to record a vocal or create a beat is the SAME SCIENCE that it takes to make sound effects for Video Games, or Broadcast the Indy 500, or run sound for Bruno Mars’ concerts, to adding dialog to a Movie scene.

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Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences Grads Represent at 60th Annual Grammy Awards

60th grammy awardsIn Total, 28 CRAS Graduates Worked on 26 Grammy-Nominated Albums & Songs Across 28 Categories
The Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences (CRAS;, the premier institution for audio engineering education, is proud to announce that graduate Darrell Thorp has been nominated for a 2018 Grammy Award for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical for his work on Roger Waters’ album “Is This The Life We Really Want”. In addition, 28 CRAS graduates worked on 26 Grammy-nominated albums and songs across 28 categories. The 60 Annual Grammy Awards show is scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 28 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

“Year after year, CRAS graduates are well represented during the Grammy Awards, and this year’s 60th annual event is no different,” said Kirt Hamm, CRAS administrator. “We are very proud of each and every one of our graduates. All of our nominated-graduates, as well as all of our graduates that are living their dream in this business are fine examples of where hard work and dedication can take you.”
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CRAS Features Leading Audio Engineering Education Curriculum at 2018 Winter NAMM

music production collegeThe Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences (CRAS;, the premier institution for audio engineering education, will be featuring its leading audio engineering education curriculum during Winter NAMM 2018, held from Jan. 25 – 28 in Anaheim, Calif. at the Anaheim Convention Center, booth # 1340. 15 CRAS grads will also participate in AES@NAMM 2018’s “AES@NAMM Pro Sound Symposium: Live & Studio” during the convention.

“There are incredible opportunities in audio engineering out there, and we are dedicated in helping our students learn to harness their craft here at CRAS,” said Kirt Hamm, CRAS administrator. “For this reason, we are exhibiting at Winter NAMM 2018. We want the leaders in the professional audio industry to learn more about us, and for us to talk with those who seek top tier intern candidates for their studios and businesses. We also want to speak with those who are looking to get started in the business so they can see what we have to offer and how successful our grads have been.”

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Future CRAS Students & Pro Engineers Begin Learning the Trade Early

music production schoolsYou are never too young to begin learning, and a proper head start is ideal for students to learn their future trade. As such, the Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences (CRAS;, the premier institution for audio engineering education, and local Arizona high schools have formed partnerships to help educate and energize the industry’s next generation of professional audio engineers.

“We have begun forging relationships with local high schools in an effort to help the next generation of audio engineers realize and get started upon their passion early and take the steps necessary to get the most out of their high school experience,” explained Kirt Hamm, CRAS administrator. “As both CRAS and these forward-thinking high school instructors believe in a ‘real world education’, it was ideal that we strike this accord. These terrific high school programs provide excellent preparation to enter our realm of education, propelling and preparing students for employment into the five disciplines within the audio recording and production industry.”

Phoenix, Ariz.’s Arcadia High School Creative Musical Arts & Sciences Program has been in existence for nine years, according to Richard Maxwell, who created the program and has been with the high school for 18 years. “Previously to creating the program while I was running the bands and orchestras at the school I was also developing what would become this program over all those years. From a technology standpoint, we focus a lot in studio on Pro Tools. Live sound is also a big part of what we do that is always contingent on what we have available in terms of gear and, more importantly, since it’s a school budget. That said, the real thrust of the program is the students’ creative process, so they are creating all of their own material in pretty much any style they want on pretty much any instrument they want and the idea is getting that music to an audience.”  Maxwell explained that it initially didn’t really seem like that big of a deal. “But as I look back on it now, the notion of allowing students the opportunity to explore their own musical interests legitimately was something that was missing. The students really get into the idea of all the opportunities that they have available to them. “It does take a considerable amount of student self-discipline and real interest in pushing their own creative process.”

According to Maxwell, many of his students have gone on to CRAS. “I’m always humbled that they want to credit anything they did with me before they got to CRAS. I am certainly glad at least to be a small part of their journey and I have great affinity for CRAS. Not just because of what they do, obviously CRAS’ credentials speak for themselves, but more selfishly because when I was trying to establish my program the endorsement of so many people at the Conservatory really made a difference in terms of legitimizing what was possible for us. I am incredibly grateful to them.”

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Why Modern Music Production Tools of the Recording Industry Matter?

music production toolsHow many videos have you seen of Artists in the Recording Studio? Ever been to a concert and stared at the person that is obviously controlling all of the sound? Ever rationalized that there are movies with dinosaur sounds in them, but there are no dinosaurs on Earth to record? Alien spaceships in video games always have their own, sound, too, right? In answering these questions, you’re probably recognizing that you might be cut from the cloth of what makes up an Audio Engineer!

Being an Audio Engineer is SO MUCH BIGGER than just being the “science guy” in a Recording Studio. In EVERY sound that YOU hear, somebody was responsible for getting that sound to the masses. More so, before that sound is available to the consumer, some Engineer captured the sound, manipulated the sound, and delivered the sound on some format: music download, movie, video game, television broadcast, concert sound, albums, etc. ANYWHERE YOU HEAR SOUND, other than the sounds of Nature, an Audio Engineer was at the helm!

For people that are excited about leaping into the field of Audio Engineering, there is a vast world of opportunity! Many aspire to be in Recording Studios working with Artists and Producers, but, the truth is, Artists and Producers exist outside of the confines of the studio, as well. Regardless of the occasion, or location, these Artists and Producers demand to stay focused on their “art,” and require a “technical artist” to provide for them the means of getting their “sound” out!

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Using Ozone and RX at the Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences

Audio Engineering and Music Production trade SchoolsLearn how the Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences integrates Ozone, Neutron, RX, and Insight into their curriculum to get their students prepared for careers in music.

For a relatively small program, The Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences (CRAS) in Tempe, Arizona excels at preparing their students for success in the music industry. Since 2004, when Darrel Thorp and Moka Nagatani became the first CRAS grads to win GRAMMYs for their work on Radiohead’s “Hail To The Thief” and Outkast’s “Speakerboxxx/The Love below,” the school has continuously produced top-rate talent, including a record 72 CRAS graduates that were nominated for 163 GRAMMY awards in 2012.

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How to Get into the Music Industry

french montanaFor many years, scores of people have wanted “in” on the Music Industry. It’s alluring, for certain, but most people simply have a “want,” and not a “need. Most believe that the only way “in” is by becoming the Artist. While that is THE MOST EXCITING way of getting “in,” the odds of that happening are… well, you know the truth. Don’t get me wrong, if that’s your “need,” then DO IT! GIVE IT ALL YOU’VE GOT!!!

So, with putting the Artist notion aside, have you ever considered how many people it takes to support an Artist? For as many bonafide Artists as there are out there, it takes TONS OF PEOPLE to get each Artist into the spotlight!

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Learn How You Can Cash in on Your Passion for Video Games

video gaming schoolNo one can deny the popularity of video games. Mario and Luigi are notably the most famous brothers of all time while Donkey Kong is the most celebrated ape in modern history.  With 65 percent of households in America having an avid video game player, it only makes sense that this is a multi-billion-dollar industry. And now with the popularity of live streaming video games on Twitch and uploading video game vlogs on YouTube where some of the top video game YouTubers like Pew Die Pie make millions a year, there is a big opportunity.

In 2015 alone revenues reached to $23.5 billion. The foundation and backbone of this industry are not the marketers or the CEO’s but instead it is the video game creators. But what do video game creators do and would it be a good career choice for you? If you have a passion for music, sound effects and like playing video games there is a big opportunity for audio production in the gaming and esports industries.

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A Day in the Life of an Audio Engineer

audio engineering schoolsWe have all been there… daydreaming of becoming famous in the Music Industry. We all wonder what it would be like to wake up in Elton John, Adele or Jay Z’s shoes. However, what we don’t think about is the constant support that every artist gets from Audio Engineers. Without Audio Engineers the music that artists play would not be presentable, causing no airplay which, in return, leads these artists to be unknown. Why? Simply put, Audio Engineers are the fine balance of technological mavens with the ability of being creative. The Audio Engineer is the expert that knows how to cull the perfect sound for the artist’s sonic vision. So, as most are likely to fantasize on what it would be like to be a famous musician, let’s focus on being one of the creative geniuses behind musical hits… an Audio Engineer.

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