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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Grads Win Two 2016 Grammy Awards

Grads Win Two 2016 Grammy Awards

In Total, 13 Graduates Received Credit for Their Work on 17 2016 Grammy Winning Categories

justin merrill 2016 grammy

Gilbert, Ariz., Feb. 19, 2016 – The Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences (CRAS; www.cras.edu), the premier institution for audio engineering education, is proud to announce that two of its graduates have won 2016 Grammy Awards…Sam Holland for his work as recording engineer on Album of the Year for Taylor Swift’s “1989”, and Justin Merrill for his engineering work on Best Engineered Album, Classical for the album “Ask Your Mama” by George Manahan & San Francisco Ballet Orchestra.

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Grammy Award Winning CRAS Grad to Speak at Jan 2016 Open House

During the Jan. 16 Open House at The Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences’  Gilbert, Ariz. Campus, Grammy Award Winning CRAS Grad, Jeremy Parker and Others Will Share Their Experiences as Students and Interns that Helped Launch Their Careers in the Audio Industry

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Gilbert, Ariz., Jan. 12, 2016 – The Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences (CRAS; www.cras.edu), the premier institution for audio engineering education, will be opening the doors to its Gilbert, Ariz. campus (1205 N. Fiesta Blvd.) to prospective students, parents, and the media on Saturday, Jan. 16 from 10am – 4pm. CRAS will be welcoming back multiple graduates, including Grammy Award winner Jeremy Parker. Parker and others will share their education and real world working experiences with attendees during the event.

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CRAS Grad Spotlight: Ian Shedd works Post Production

Grad Spotlight: Ian Shedd works Post Production

CRAS grad ian shedd works post production

Ian Shedd

Post production is a hot career field! Recently I had a chance to talk with our grad Ian Shedd and congratulate him on his 50th credit as a sound editor. You can check out all of his credits on his personal IMDB page here! While a lot of our grads go out to work at recording studios and live sound venues, we do have a considerable amount of grads work in the film, TV and post production industry, and that is where Ian spends most of his time.

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The Unmitigated Power of a Strong Work Ethic

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CRAS will be featuring a Guest Blogger every few weeks.  These guests will be students, graduates, instructors, and staff members.  Each guest will be writing about a specific topic they are interested in sharing.  

Our first blog is by CRAS Graduate, Derrick Brilliant.  Derrick interned at Roundabout Entertainment and is currently still employed there.  Enjoy!

Derrick Brilliant work ethic

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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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CRAS Grads Make It!

The most important testament to any education is that it can actually be applied. Our focus here at the Conservatory is to train our students to be the best audio engineers they can be. Our grads get internships into the field of the audio industry of their choice, and there are many to choose from! Whether it’s working in a studio, going on tour with bands as their live sound or Front of House engineer, or even expanding into the field of television and radio broadcasting. We were able to get some input from some of our success stories, and here is what a few of them are up to right now!

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Grad Spotlight: Gavin Crane

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Starting his CRAS journey in July of 2011, Gavin Crane worked hard through our program, earning great grades and not missing a single day of class. That is what it takes to make it in our industry, and make it he certainly has! While our program can be challenging, it can also be very rewarding to those willing to put in the effort. We recently were able to get in touch with Gavin and ask him about his recent success being tour manager for Josh Gracin, who has made a big name for himself after appearing on the hit television show American Idol. Josh has also released three albums and has had numerous songs do great on the Billboard charts.

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Grad Spotlight: Daniel Hilsenbeck

People ask all the time if going to school is “worth it”. Especially in the field of music and audio recording, there seems to be a divide between pro-school and self-schooled learning. At the Conservatory, we take pride in our strong curriculum that focuses not only on how to run studios and gear, but even takes it to the fundamental aspects of what sound really “is”. I believe that is why we can have countless success stories like the one I’m going to share you with now!

daniel hilsenbeck cras grad student

Starting the CRAS adventure in late 2010 and graduating in mid-2011, Daniel Hilsenbeck has just recently made a monumental achievement. As you can see at the top of this page, we like to collect gold and platinum records that our alumni have worked on, and now we have one more to add to the wall! At this rate we’re going to need to build another campus just to house these things. The other day he was notified that he is eligible for a gold record, and we had the opportunity to go ahead and let him know that it is actually going to be a platinum one instead.

So with pride I write this and I’m looking forward to seeing the platinum version of an album I own and love, The Black Keys “El Camino”. He contributed to engineering this album that has sold over 1 million copies in the US alone, and near a million in other countries world wide, as well as winning the 2013 Grammy nomination for Best Rock Album.

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