Mojave and BAE Gear Showcase at CRAS

Mojave and BAE Gear Showcase at CRAS

gear from bae and mojave audioYou can never have too much gear! CRAS is always experimenting with the latest gear and technology that the music and audio industry has to offer. For example, last year we held the 2015 CRAS Gear Expo. We invited a number of gear manufacturers that we have worked with throughout our 20+ year history at CRAS. BAE and Mojave Audio were both there last year, and we were fortunate enough to have them visit us again this year!

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Advanced Laptop Orientation with Jess Repanshek

Every student who attends CRAS gets their own Laptop Recording Package. The package contains a brand new MacBook Pro, Native Instruments Komplete 6 audio interface, Audio Technica mic and headphones, Waves and iZotope plug-ins, Logic, Pro Tools, and more.

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One of the first days of class for new students is their Laptop Orientation Day. We set aside an entire day to go over everything that students need to know. Starting at turning on their laptop, we guide them through everything they need to know, as if they had never used an Apple computer before. For many students, this MacBook Pro is the first Apple computer they’ve owned!

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AES Presents Hector Moreno | Audio Business Lecture

In our recent AES (Audio Engineering Society) event, Hector Moreno of Copper Sun Sound in Tucson, Arizona, talked to us about his experiences both as an employee and a business owner in the audio industry.

We have to do something that is community driven. ~Hector Moreno

CRAS has an incredibly focused curriculum, targeting five of the main disciplines in the audio industry – Music, Live Sound, Post Production, Broadcast and Video Game Audio. One of the lesser thought of, but often most important aspects of the music business is the “business” part of it. CRAS trains students in everything they need to know about the business part of the audio industry, including how to properly fill out copyright registration forms, write contracts, conduct interviews, understand trademark law, and much more.

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CRAS AES Presents the Vinyl Clinic

CRAS AES Presents the Vinyl Clinic

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For our 2nd event of February, the CRAS AES Student Chapter presented the Vinyl Clinic with Gerald Schoenherr, a CRAS instructor who is well known by the students. AES clinics are free events CRAS hosts to provide unique extracurricular education for our students. For this event, Mr. Schoenherr brought his own vinyl record players and record collection to showcase the sound of some classic records to the students.

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Fred Aldous Talks Audio Careers

Fred Aldous, who was recently inducted into the Sports Broadcast Hall of Fame, has been working closely with the Conservatory to help develop our Broadcast Audio Curriculum.

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During one of our free AES events, Mr. Aldous spoke to our student body about his experience in the audio industry. From talking about his roots in his hometown of Ogden, Utah, he briefly discussed his childhood desire to become a musician.

“As fortune would have it, once I met real musicians, I knew my career as a musician was over,” Fred says. “Now about the only thing I play is the stereo.”

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Blue Mics Visits CRAS

Blue Microphones Visits CRAS!

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Blue Mics and the CRAS Crew

CRAS was honored to have two sales members, Ben Thompkins and CRAS Grad Bailey Beechler, from Blue Microphones, to come speak to us at this week’s free AES meeting. They also spent most of the day at CRAS, lending their new gear to our student’s band clinic for the day!

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CRAS AES Presents Waves Plugins

CRAS AES Presents Waves Plugins

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CRAS has one of the most active student body AES chapters of any engineering school around! From mic builds, to web design seminars, to special events like this week’s Waves Plugins presentation. Featuring Luke Smith, a product specialist at Waves, we learned about new equipment and plug-ins that Waves has currently available, and gave us a little peak at some of the technology that is coming in the near future.

Each student that goes through the Conservatory becomes a certified Operator of Waves plug-ins, as well as receiving some of the most popular plug-ins, including the C1 Compressor, Renaissance Reverb, and the SuperTap plugins. The Certification Bundle is a great first step into the audio sweetening realm that Waves brings to AU, VST, TDM, RTAS and AAX platforms.

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