5 Things That Rocked Sweetwater’s Gearfest This Year

This is the 4th visit to Fort Wayne, Indiana to attend Sweetwater’s Gearfest by our Internship Director Greg Stefus.  So we figured we share with you the 5 things that rocked Sweetwater’s Gearfest this year.

Gearfest has become a much-anticipated event for many engineers, musicians and audio enthusiasts alike.  The annual event is a great way for CRAS to continue our relationship with Sweetwater, which we have several graduates working for, a great way to further our relationships with many of the manufacturers in attendance of the event, and also for CRAS to maintain a presence in the midwest for those potential future audio engineers.

CRAS Display at Sweetwater Gearfest

CRAS Display at Sweetwater Gearfest 2016

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Center Stage – Graduate Spotlight Chris Robbins

Chris Robbins

Center Stage – Graduate Spotlight is our blog series “spotlighting” on CRAS Graduates who have shared their success stories with CRAS.  These stories will show you how unique and different every student’s experience is during their internships and the beginnings of their careers in audio.  This spotlight post is on Chris Robbins. 

Center Stage - Graduate Spotlight Chris Robbins

Chris Robbins – Chez Boom Audio

Chris Robbins started at CRAS in November 2014.   And now he has been hired as Assistant Engineer at Chez Boom Studios in Austin. Hit the Continue button to read his story!

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What is Audio Engineering?

CRAS Instructor Eli Salazar Teaching Broadcast Classes

CRAS Instructor Eli Salazar Teaching Broadcast Classes

What does audio engineering mean? What does an audio engineer do? Do I need to go to audio engineering school for that? Is there a difference between audio engineering, music production, or sound recording? What about producing and beat-making? What are “recording arts”?

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It’s just the beginning for CRAS Graduate Jeremy Parker

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CRAS Graduate Jeremy Parker has just recently started audio engineering in his own studio, Parker Place Studios in Tempe, AZ.  He wanted to make a place where he can take his time and allow artists to be cultivated organically.

I got a chance to visit Jeremy and tour his new studio this past September. Jeremy graduated the audio engineering program at CRAS in 1999, and has been in Arizona engineering for a few years. He recently started audio engineering at his own place, called Parker Place Studios in Tempe.

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CRAS is PARAMOUNT at PotLuckCon This Year

This year, CRAS participated in many aspects of the PotLuckCon, hosted by Sweetwater in Tucson, Arizona.  CRAS hosted a demonstration room, Wired For Sound with Focusrite.  Brock, one of our great instructors at CRAS was on hand to demonstrate the capabilities of Focusrite’s RedNet audio interface and how it can work in cooperation with many audio sources being passed over network systems, even sending signals out to our Mobile Broadcast Unit.

CRAS Mobile Broadcast Unit – Studer Consoleinside cras MBU

Our very own technician, Jeff Harris was a moderator for a panel on Bass Response and Subwoofers.  The Director of Student Services, Greg Stefus participated on a panel about Interns and Studios: The Role and the Reason.

We had a booth on the exhibit floor for people to learn more about CRAS.  It was great to see the students and graduates stop and visit with our Director of Admissions.  We also had instructors and our Tempe Campus Director, Mike Jones, in attendance working the exhibit floor creating opportunities with manufacturers for potential internship opportunities and future gear purchases for our campus.

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Grad Spotlight and Nashville’s Studio A

There’s been a lot of talk lately about Nashville’s Studio A, owned and operated by RCA, 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.”

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Mic Raffle Winners!

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Microphones are one of the most important parts of the recording signal chain, and are the very first block in audio recording signal flow! Often times the quality of a studio is judged based upon the contents of their mic locker. There is a decent Sennheiser dynamic mic that is included with the laptop recording package that every student who goes through CRAS gets, but we also provide various other opportunities to increase student’s mic collections. From time to time, we do a small condenser mic build, where students purchase a kit that includes all of the individual parts of a condenser mic, and then sit through a clinic to actually solder and build the mics themselves.

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Pro Tools Track Management

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CRAS was the first audio recording school to ever certify in the digital audio workstation known as Pro Tools. There are many DAWs out there, and everyone has their favorite, but Pro Tools has been one of the industry standard apps for a long time now. For this reason, we like to focus on training our future audio engineers in all the ways Pro Tools works, and how you can make Pro Tools work for you!

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