Why Music Production Schools are the Best Trade School to Consider

music production trade schoolsIf you love music and are looking for a way to turn your passion into a career, you are probably wondering what path you should take so that you can reach your desired outcome. The days of “lucking” into the Music Industry are over. Anymore, you have to “learn” your way in!

If your “future” is going to come from the Music Industry, you have a few decisions to make. Sure, the traditional route of “getting signed” still exists, but that’s mostly from the Artist’s approach to success. With the world’s canvas bursting at the seams with “new” artists, it’s evermore difficult to get into “the scene.” More and more, people are starting to recognize the need for great minds, with great ability on “the other side of the glass.” That’s right… a career born from applying a scientific craft to sound!

The opportunities for a passionate life of Recording, Mixing, Mastering, Producing, Posting, and Broadcasting sound are vast!

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5 Benefits of Going to a Music Production School

music production schoolWhile it’s true there are music professionals who have become successful in their fields without proper training from accredited schools and instructors, the Professional Audio Industry has changed, and if YOU want to get into it, YOU have to LEARN into it. Music Production schools, like The Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences (CRAS), are a great step if you are thinking about pursuing a career in the music field. By attending one of these types of educational institutions, you will be exposed to different types of recording software, legacy hardware, audio engineering techniques, recording production and many other facets of music production. If YOU are the kind of person that needs to CONTRIBUTE to the Professional Audio Industry, then consider the following, when seeking an education:

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Why Going to a Music Production School is TOTALLY Worth it

music production schoolsMusic Production Schools: Why it’s a Great Investment in your Music Industry Future

You’ve dreamed of being involved in the Music Industry for as long as you can remember. You know that becoming the “next big thing” is more a matter of luck and talent combining in a “million to one” shot. You didn’t despair, however, when you realized there are other careers you can pursue in the technical side of the Music Industry such as being a music producer or a sound engineer. The question is: how do you pursue your goal of working in the music industry?

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Video Games: Wwise 201 Certification for Interactive Music

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By Robert Brock

Over 10 years ago, Audiokinetic broke down the barriers between the stark technical side of audio integration into video games and the creative process where most with a passion for audio hope to spend their time. It was at that same time that the Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences (CRAS), an audio production school in the Arizona desert, sought a way to educate its students on the growing importance and opportunities in game audio. It was a perfect match. CRAS immediately began using Audiokinetic’s Wwise as the primary tool to give its students hallmark hands-on learning for all aspects of audio production which it teaches. After years of refining its educational approach using Wwise, CRAS was selected by Audiokinetic to scale the course concepts beyond the walls of CRAS, and to create the highly successful Wwise-101, a complimentary educational resource serving thousands. This learning material is now not only used to learn Wwise, but also allows many to take their first steps into the world of video game audio integration at large.

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Grad Spotlight: Freelance Producer Juan Fleischer

freelance producer cras gradJuan Fleischer graduated in 2013, moved to Los Angeles and did two internships! Since then, he has been living the life of a freelance music producer. Check out his story!




What position have you received and at what company/studio?

I’m a freelancing music producer and I bring work to many studios, but I mainly work out of Chalice Recording in Hollywood. I bring in clients to the studios at a certain rate and I “hire myself” within the artist’s budget. However, I am not employed by a studio.

Check out page 4 of the “Running A Studio” PDF found in your Audio Business materials (Cycle 5 Week 2 Folder) – that page is my career.

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Andrew Schubert: Contributing to Music

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Gilbert, Ariz., Jan. 26, 2017

By CRL Public Relations

Sometimes the signs align in a fashion that point the way for a person to follow. Andrew Schubert recognized those signs, which led him to The Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences (CRAS; www.cras.edu), the premier institution for audio engineering education, and a new life as a mixer and independent producer.

Although he wasn’t a musician, Schubert had always been interested in music. He was an avid record collector with tastes in all genres and always looking for his next favorite song. He was managing a small picture frame shop in Arizona when a friend of his, CRAS graduate Donald Van Slyke, suggested he look into a CRAS education.

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Grad Spotlight: Ryan Benson makes The Switch

Ryan Benson, 2015 graduate, understands what it means to gain experience. His internship experience, work ethic and education got him to where he is today. Read about what hard work and a good attitude can get you!

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What position have you received and at what company/studio?

Currently I work at the Switch TV (it was Pacific Television Center Prior to 11/8/2016) as a Master Control Room Operator, and do freelance edit shifts for Media City Sound on the side.

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CRAS Broadcast Crew Goes to Barrett-Jackson

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The Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction is broadcast live this week on Discovery Communication’s Velocity channel. Barrett-Jackson is a Scottsdale, Arizona company that specializes in vintage, collector, and classic cars. This show is the where the best of the best, most unique cars in the world, come to find new owners. The most expensive car auctioned at Barrett-Jackson is an original 1962 Shelby Cobra, which sold for a cool $13.75 million dollars.
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Dave Powers tours the CRAS Broadcast Crew

On site at Barrett-Jackson

The CRAS broadcast crew, including student volunteers, were invited by Bryan Korot, who is one of the audio engineers we’ve met at NASCAR. Bryan mixes this show, as well as the Supercross event we’re also invited to next week.

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Grad Spotlight: Tanner Danielson

Tanner graduated 7 years ago. He worked hard to get where he is at today with his career. Check out his story and be inspired!
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What position have you received and at what company/studio?

I am one of the three Audio Engineer’s at L.A. East Recording Studios, owned and operated by Non-Stop Music, in Salt Lake City, UT.  Non-Stop Music is a “Production Music” company under the “Warner/Chappell Production Music” umbrella of companies, owned by the Warner Music Group.

How did you obtain this position? (Did you apply? Intern there first?)

I walked in and DEMANDED IT!!! Haha no, just kidding.  “L.A. East” was actually one of my top 3 studios that we sent my resume out to, for an internship.

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WavesLive at CRAS

waveslive 2017WavesLive would like to invite you to an exclusive event at the Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences in Gilbert, Arizona.  This free event will be held on Tuesday, January 31st , from 7pm to 10pm.

Sign up to attend herehttps://www.eventbrite.com/e/waveslive-arizona-mixing-seminar-and-qa-tickets-30485725626

waveslive waves plugins plug-inJoin Waves artists Ken ‘Pooch’ Van Druten (Linkin Park, Kid Rock, Kiss) and Bryan ‘Froggy’ Cross (The Pussycat Dolls, Christina Aguilera, Sublime) as they demonstrate how they mix their artists on tour using Waves plugins.

Waves Live Product Specialist Kent Margraves will be giving an overview of SoundGrid and DiGiGrid products as well as demonstrating some of Waves’ most useful plugins in a live sound setting.

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