The Past, Present, & Future of the Music (Audio) Industry

The Past, Present, & Future of the Music (Audio) Industry

July 3, 2019

What was, what is, and what will be. The landscape of the Audio Industry is a wild and exciting one that is magnetic to those that have a penchant for Music, Sound, and Audio. The career field is extremely broad when you take into consideration the fact that “where there’s sound, there’s a gig!” From making Music, to Broadcasting a NASCAR event, to dealing with Live Sound Audio, to making explosion effects for Video Games, to doing Audio Dialog Replacement for a Movie, and all aspects in between, SOUND is the thread that connects it all.

Most people that desire to enter the Audio Industry mistakenly only refer to it as the Music Industry. While the “music” side of the Industry is the goal, the truth is that the Music Industry “lives” inside the Audio Industry. Those that thrive in the Audio Industry are those that are prepared for the entire width of its opportunities. More on that later, but, for the moment, let’s focus on the desire to be in the “Music Industry.”

What WAS:
In the earliest days of the Music Industry, there were only three parties involved: The Artist, The Technical Team, and The Business. Understand, because ultimately it’s a “business,” the goal has always been to prosper financially from an Artists’ music, that is captured and reproduced for the masses by The Technical Team. All three parties, in theory, are experts in their contributions to the overall project. Historically, Artists were allowed to “create” the music, and The Business people would hire Recording Studios staffed with Technical Experts (Audio Engineers), and all would be held accountable in “producing” a “product” intended for mass consumption. (Wow… saying it like that certainly takes the fun out of it, right?!) Even so, that has always been the “base truth” of our fantastic industry. Definitively, there was an obvious distinction amongst the three parties, and their roles never spilled into the others’. The Artist was just that: The Artist. The Technical Team, same. The Business, well…

Obviously, throughout time, roles and responsibilities have evolved, as has the technology to accomplish the same goals, as before.

From “what was,” The Technical Team started assuming not only their original roles of harnessing the technology to capture the Artist’s music, but also lending themselves (on occasion) to the development of the music. Artists recognized that The Technical Team had vast experience in having dealt with MANY Artists, that the Artist started leaning on them to help “produce” the best possible “product.” From this was born “The Producer.” Now, the Artist had a “translator” that could communicate their musical intent to The Technical Team, and finally get what they wanted… accurately.

As evolution goes, The Producer role was smeared amongst The Business side of things. The Business now had an ally in the Recording Studio that could artistically and technically satisfy the wants/needs of both The Business and The Artist.

What IS:
As time went on, the previously mentioned roles evolved even more. It’s hard to believe, but there was a point in time where you HAD to book a Recording Studio to do any kind of recording. Artists became more proficient in their musical abilities. The Technical Team morphed into Audio Engineers that concerned themselves with the minutia of each placement of each microphone, every setting on the console, the levels of the recorder… the “thinking side” of music, as it were. The Producer became more musically “hands on,” while relinquishing most technical responsibilities to “the thinkers.” Records became more complex, and time intensive. Greater efforts were placed on “creating” a “product” that was GREATER than the last one. This “race” forced technology to evolve, as well. Audio gear was developed based on the insight of the Audio Engineers. Devices became cleaner, faster, and more accurate. Even “size” was taken into account, and has helped develop the RECORDING STUDIO THAT PROBABLY LIVES IN YOUR LAPTOP AT THIS VERY MOMENT!

What will BE:
All of these changes… well, they’ve CREATED YOU. See, I know you’re here because of your interest in Music, and that interest… has turned YOU into THE FUTURE, hasn’t it? Chances are YOU are a Creator, Collaborator, and a Contributor, right? The 3C’s. YOU see yourself working with Artists (if not yourself), in professional settings, on projects that are bound to BLOW UP, right?!

It’s an exciting world knowing that YOU can be “part” of that community, isn’t it?

Trust me, I want it for YOU, as much as YOU want it for YOU, but… well… we’re going to have to have a chat. If YOU are going to be the FORCE in the industry that you DREAM of being, I have to clue you in on a few things. Cool?

Reality/DREAM:
The reality is that your DREAM is VERY POSSIBLE, but we have to be realistic about it. I chat with people just like you every day, and they tell me that they want to learn how to “Mix and Master.” Being an older (but still very hip) guy, that phrase boggles me, because I came up in a world where you HAD TO RECORD SOMETHING BEFORE YOU COULD MIX IT, AND, AFTER IT WAS MIXED, THE MIX GOT MASTERED. I have since reconciled the fact that YOU have always had “sounds” in your computer. Want to make a beat? NO PROBLEM! Chances are you have a massive sound library that you can just pick and choose from, right? Honestly, I’m envious of that, because my musical ability was born from the instruments I learned to play, so, needless to say, my musical imagination is limited. YOU, though… Yes, ENVIABLE YOU. YOU grew up in a world where the technology IS YOUR INSTRUMENT! GOOD FOR YOU! I’ve heard some records, recently, that blew my mind, because of the sonic exploration that the Creators, Collaborators, and Contributors used. Serious, this is a very exciting time for an older (but still very hip) guy like me!

The issue is this: Ever gone hunting for that perfect Kick drum sound, and you spun your wheels and wasted the day not finding what you wanted? Have you ever thought about the fact that you’re trying to be creative with SOMEBODY else’s sounds? So, why not have the skills to CREATE YOUR OWN SOUNDS? Ever felt that you were limited with the “gear” that you have and you just can’t get the sounds swimming in your head to make their way to your ears? Honestly, let’s be real here… don’t you want to be RECOGNIZED FOR YOUR SOUND?

This is why YOU have to have a redeemable skillset, buddy! Imagine having the musical expressiveness AND TECHNICAL ABILITY to MAKE HAPPEN what you and your clients NEED TO HEAR!

Seriously, BOI1DA has HIS own sounds available on SPLICE for YOU to buy so that YOU can CREATE, CONTRIBUTE, AND COLLABORATE with other people using HIS SOUNDS!!! First thing, GOOD FOR HIM! That’s a GREAT ACCOMPLISHMENT for him, and his successes with Drake and Rihanna are no flukes! Even so, those are HIS SOUNDS. Where are YOUR SOUNDS? Seriously, YOU are only as CREATIVE as the SOUNDS THAT YOU HAVE ACCESS TO?! Nah, I don’t buy! MAKE YOUR OWN SOUND! YOUR SOUND IS YOUR SIGNATURE, and that’s what clients will be seeking!

I know this next statement is going to sound like an “old guy” thing to say, but, ultimately, BIG RECORDS ARE STILL MADE IN BIG ROOMS, and if your DREAM is to work AT THAT LEVEL, then you better prepare yourself with a knowledge that will get you there.

Want to record a Bosendorfer piano for what might be a HIT SONG? What’s better for a Hip Hop vocal, U-89 or an RE20? Hey, Pharell is pulling up to the studio and wants to record a High School Marching Band, set it up. The beginning of that song needs a calliope on it… I know, I know… I lost you at “calliope,” right? See, that’s my point… IF YOU DON’T KNOW then your clients will seek out those that DO KNOW!!!

Honestly, that DREAM of being the Creator, Collaborator, and Contributor is ABSOLUTELY POSSIBLE, but on your way there, you might get hungry, and you’re going to NEED a way of being able to feed yourself. So, why not combine YOUR 3C’s with an Audio Engineering background, and be MORE FIERCE than you originally wanted to be? Don’t you see that working with others IN EVERY CAPACITY will excite new ideas within YOU, and that when it’s YOUR TURN TO SHINE, you will have the skills to burn bright? Truly, take it from an older (but still very hip) guy, YOU CAN BE A BIGGER SUCCES THAN YOU THINK YOU CAN BE… all it’s going to take is having more SKILL than the person that already has the gig that YOU WANT!

Now, brass tacks… Yeah, that’s an older (but still very hip) guy thing to say, but YOU NEED AN EDUCATION!

The Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences (CRAS) is the kind of place that will give you the Audio Engineering background that YOU NEED TO WORK AT THE LEVEL YOU SEE YOURSELF AT in 36 weeks! Think about that… think about being taken seriously by serious clients because they KNOW THAT YOU TOOK YOUR EDUCATION SERIOUSLY! Within 13 world class studios focused on every discipline of Audio, top level Industry gear, award winning instructors, 24/7 access to the facilities, and a 280 hour internship in a city/facility of your choice. No Gen Ed classes, just 36 weeks of immersive education that leaves you PREPARED for TOP OF THE INDUSTRY!

YOU ARE THE FUTURE OF THE MUSIC INDUSTRY, but your skillset will determine how much of that “future” is AT THE TOP OF THE INDUSTRY. Creating, Collaborating, and Contributing… you’re already there. Take no offense, but that “there” isn’t where you want to be, right? You have your sights set higher that “there,” right?

Call us now, CONNECT YOURSELF to your DREAM, and take the Industry by storm. cras.edu or (800)562-6383.

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Local Trade School vs. Best Trade School for You and Your Career

Local Trade School vs. Best Trade School for You and Your Career

June 26, 2019

There comes a time when you must really consider the “next step” of your life. So many questions to consider: What am I good at? What satisfies me? Where do I see myself in the future? How do I get to where I want to be? Is where I want to be where I currently am, or will I have to leave home? Do I go to a trade school or university? Which trade school and where is the trade school? What resources does the school have to “connect” me to my goal? How do I become my BEST ME?

If you’re reading this, it’s because you have a passion for Audio… Sound… Music. There was once a very movie-like route to living this “life,” where you knock on the door of a Recording Studio, they hand you a broom, you pay your dues, you get the chance to learn from watching professionals, the manager takes a liking to you and starts grooming you for the “big chair,” learning how to work with clients, and becoming a bona fide Audio Engineer. The other “traditional” route was to receive an education in Electrical Engineering, and then knock on the Recording Studio’s door, and hope for the same result.

While it’s true that there are many educational facilities out there that may have courses based on your interests of Pro Audio, Music Production, and Audio Engineering, chances are the best educational choice is not local to you. Deeply, you have to rationalize how your life is best served by your educational choice. Will this educational facility “teach” you what you would LIKE to learn, or what you NEED to learn? If your goal is to learn a bit to satisfy solely your creative spirit, then you may find a program near you that will, at best, get you to “know more.” If your goal is to learn a skillset that will provide you with a quality of life that betters your current state, you may need to broaden your search beyond your local limits.!

I know, I know… “I can learn all of that stuff at my local community college.” Really? Who’s teaching the course? Industry leading, award winning Instructors or local high level hobbyists? What environments will you be learning this information in? Converted classrooms built from state-funded budgets, or an educational facility whose goal is YOUR success with purpose-built studios? What disciplines of Audio will your local college focus on? Music Production? Video Game Audio? Post Production? Broadcast Audio? Live Sound Reinforcement? WHAT?!?!?!?! You didn’t know that all of those areas existed in Pro Audio? See what I mean? Having an education in each of these fields will ALWAYS give you the ability of saying YES to ANY AUDIO GIG!

My favorite is “I can learn all of this online.” I hear this almost every day. The same reasons as above apply, but to deeper depths. Outside of what’s been outlined, how do you expect to hear the differences in Pro Level gear from the little speakers on your laptop that were NOT DESIGNED to articulate the accuracy of the Audio passing through them? Something I’ve seen is educational facilities promising success “at your own speed.” Folks… this industry travels at ITS OWN SPEED, and if you want “in,” you’d best be prepared for THIS SPEED. Here’s what frequently happens: You sign up for an online course because it “fits” within your busy lifestyle of work, family and social life. You enroll into the program, you utilize your available Financial Aid, and you stay on track for a few weeks. Then, your job has you work an extra shift, you miss a “virtual class,” you email your instructor, the next “class” comes up before you get returned correspondence, and now you feel like you’re “behind.” You contact your school, explain your situation, and they advise that the best way to get you back on track is to relocate to their physical location. Wah wah wah… exactly what you tried to avoid.

Beyond that, what Production Facility/ Artist is going to make an “online only” educated person their “go to” person?

So, here’s the REAL question… Are YOU where you NEED to be? Although it’s convenient to remain where you are, do the opportunities that you NEED to get to where you envision yourself exist there? Even if you tried the movie-like route of knocking on a Recording Studio’s door, does that Recording Studio exist locally? Beyond that, you have to understand that these facilities are dealing with TOP LEVEL CLIENTS, and are looking for properly trained people to outfit their facility. Now, honestly… do you really think that your local/online facility will prepare you for that?

The Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences (CRAS) has been, and will continue to be, THE educational facility that has a proven “recipe for success,” a proven “track record,” 13 purpose-built World Class Studios, award winning Instructors, Graduates that have worked on the Grammy’s Record of The Year for 8 consecutive years, and a 36 week curriculum that focuses on ALL DISCIPLINES so that YOU can say YES to any gig. However, this is where the benefit to YOU lies: Each CRAS student, in order to graduate, completes a 280 Internship in a city/facility of their choice.

Let’s think about that for a second. 280 hours. That’s seven 40 hour weeks. That’s plenty of time to prove to the facility that you are WORTH HIRING after your Internship hours are completed. As an employer, I would have GREAT CONFIDENCE in making an employment decision after having gotten to know someone over 7 weeks, and giving myself the opportunity of seeing their new-learned skills put to task in my facility.

It’s true that other schools have internships, of the 10, 20, and 40 hour sort, but… is that enough time for you to PROVE that you deserve to be there? Is that enough time to PROVE that you’re indispensable? Is that enough time to PROVE that they NEED YOU? After 30 years of teaching Audio Engineering, CRAS has PROVEN that 280 hours is the PERFECT amount of time!

One last time, let’s get to the REAL question: Are YOU where you NEED to be? If you see yourself saying YES to any gig… If you see yourself working on opportunities that don’t exist NEAR YOU… If your DREAMS are bigger than where you ARE… THEN YOU NEED CRAS.

This is where you take the FIRST STEP TOWARD YOUR DREAM, and contact us ASAP, so that we can help you take THE NEXT STEP! Contact us now at cras.edu or at (800)562-6383.

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Can You Hear & See the Audio and Video Career Opportunities?

Can You Hear & See the Audio and Video Career Opportunities?

May 28, 2019

It’s not hard to make sense of the fact that professionals make a living from their craft. The most believable versions of these professionals are the likes of doctors and lawyers, right?

In helping maintain a person’s health, or to defend a person’s rights, these professionals are worth every penny of their wage. There are other pro’s, as well, that deserve their pay, like an Air Condition repairman in the middle of a brutal summer, or a mechanic when your vehicle starts to sputter. What they all have in common is that their livelihood stems from having access to studying their given trade.

That “study” has allowed them to gain “experience” in the field, and that “experience” has provided “worth.” So, why write about these trades, if what brought you here was a keen interest in Music/Sound/Audio? The answer is simple: YOU can make a GREAT LIVING for yourself dealing with Music/Sound/Audio/Producing, etc.!

It all starts with a PASSION, though. YOU must have an internal need to work with audio. So, are YOU the person that spends all night putting together sounds on your laptop, and recording other sounds, to create layers of sounds that have never been heard, until your bleary eyes burn from looking at your computer monitor and your ears keep tugging at you to keep going because you are “not done?” Are you the person that scrutinizes EVERY sound in EVERY scene of a movie? Are you the person that hears different sounds than what is being broadcast, while the tv show goes from scene to scene? Are you the person that makes sure to get near the soundboard at the concert, to be in the prime listening position, AND check out what the sound guy is doing? Do you find yourself reading articles about different pieces of audio gear that you’d love to get your hands on? Are you the person that tunes out of the video game if the sounds don’t keep you enthralled? Well, then I guess I’m writing DIRECTLY TO YOU!

Historically, there was an era where that notion of being intrigued with sound might compel you to knock on a local Recording Studio’s door, get a chance to chat with the manager, and get handed a broom, in hopes that somebody might take kindness on you and show you a thing or two about how the studio works. The movie-version of this story skips ahead and shows YOU at the helm of a console, with major recording artists on the other side of the glass, right?

The truth of the matter is that in today’s Audio Industry, whether you’re looking to be a knob-jockey (Engineer), Producer, Sound Designer, Broadcast Engineer, Live Sound Engineer, Audio Tech (gaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa… this list can go on and on and on and… well, you get it), YOU are going to need an education! Don’t forget the goal: MAKING A LIVING WITH YOUR CRAFT!

Education is paramount to your success, so you’ll have to consider what is out there. A community level college might appeal to your convenience, but will it have the kind of pedigree that will get you taken seriously by the sheer mention of its name? Will a traditional 4-year university let you get to making a name for yourself quickly, much less a living?

The Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences (CRAS) is the kind of passionate, short-term education that will teach YOU every angle of the Audio Industry, to include Music Production, Live sound Reinforcement, Post Production, Video Game Audio, and Broadcast Audio, IN 9 MONTHS! Seriously, in 9 months you could walk into the Music Industry (or any of its audible cousins), start your CRAS-provided INTERNSHIP, and start paving a route to personal success! With 13 World Class Studio environments, 16 Industry-recognized Certifications, and a Hands-On Curriculum (wait… yes, there is some “Brains-On,” as well!), our student gains the knowledge and confidence to SUCCEED in EVERY ASPECT OF THE AUDIO WORLD!

Back to the heart of this article, though… SHOW ME THE MONEY, right?! The Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov, is a Governmental Agency that mass-collects data about the “working-world,” to include descriptions of jobs and their respective wages. Of course, different locales will provide different pay structures.

More so, BLS.gov is estimating a 13% growth in this field by 2026! That means that they’ve already calculated YOU in the field!

Careeronestop.org is a site sponsored by The U.S. Department of Labor. Still jittery about the reality of MONEY in your chosen field? Check this out:

From Careeronestop.org, YOU could be making over $92,000 as an Audio and Video Equipment Technician in California! Here’s the kicker… THAT’S NOT EVEN THE DREAM GIG, RIGHT?! Here’s a few other pieces of data, for your consideration:

  • Over $131,000 as a Sound Engineer Technician in NY
  • Over $87,000 as a Broadcast Engineer in CA
  • Over $200,000 as a Producer?!?!?!?!

The BLS.gov site is GREAT in that it helps YOU make sense of the kind of “life” you seek, state to state!

So, no more waiting around! That living that YOU deserve, doing that “thing” YOU were born to do? Make it happen, because CRAS PEOPLE MAKE IT! Connect yourself by contacting CRAS at cras.edu or at (800)562-6383. CRAS can provide you the education that it will take to get those doors to open for you!

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How This Audio Engineering School Helps High School Graduates Gain a Skill for Life

How This Audio Engineering School Helps High School Graduates Gain a Skill for Life

April 15, 2019

Graduation season is upon us. Many students are exiting their safety net of High School (and even traditional College) in hopes of steering themselves towards an exciting life built on doing what they’re passionate about. If you’re here, reading this, it’s likely that your passions are based on music… on sound… on audio… on being able to make a way for yourself making sonic magic happen for your clients.

The world of Professional Audio is far wider than most can imagine. While most people see it as the Music Industry, the truth of the matter is that the “music” side of things is just a piece of the amazing opportunities that exist. Let me give you a few things to think about:

  • Ever wonder who made your car door “ding” when it was open?
  • Ever wonder how the sound of your videogames came to life?
  • Ever wonder how hundreds of sounds make their way through your television?
  • Ever wonder how that helicopter whizzes around your head at the movies?
  • Ever wonder how you’re hearing everything at a concert?
  • Ever wonder how that voice does that “thing” on your favorite song?


At the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences (CRAS) we don’t wonder about these things. We help students create a life in Pro Audio for themselves that others will “wonder” about. See, in order to be taken seriously in this “world,” YOU must have a serious education.

It’s not like it might have been in the earliest days of Audio, where you landed a broom-pushing job at a studio and worked your way up, while learning from those that had been at that facility for some time. Today, client’s needs are very demanding, and deadlines are constantly looming, so all facilities now seek employees that can prove a “NOW knowledge,” and a “ready to work” skill set. So, how do YOU get there? Easy, you need to shift your educational direction towards Audio Recording Schools, like CRAS.

Even though CRAS is a “school,” students here celebrate the fact that their math and science skills are pointed towards their passions. Yes, it’s a “real” school, but imagine amassing a world-class education by way of making sense of equations that are actually twists of knobs, the striking of buttons, the moving of faders, the navigation of software, the positioning of microphones, the placement of speakers, the manipulation of sounds with effects, the controlling of signals with dynamic processors… and on top of that, putting that knowledge to work in 13 world class recording studios!

CRAS readies our students by giving them the opportunity of never being able to say “no” to an audio opportunity. For example: Like YOU, most of our student want to “live” in the Music Industry, mixing and mastering music for high profile clients. Although that is quite the romantic dream scene, YOU might get your FIRST BIG OPPORTUNITY by holding a microphone over an actor’s head on a movie lot, networking with all the other Audio folks on the set. Or, while you pursue Video Game Audio, you might get the call to help live-stream a major concert event. Maybe while you work on getting into Post Production, your big break happens when your classmate needs help on finishing a record in a major Recording Studio. Seriously, these kinds of loop-d-loops happen for our students all of the time. Why? I’m glad you asked…

It’s because at their time at CRAS, they were immersed in all 5 Disciplines of Audio Engineering:

  • Music Production
  • Live Sound Reinforcement
  • Video Game Audio
  • Post Production
  • Broadcast Audio

It’s amazing how much opportunity can come from a skill like Audio Engineering. All kidding aside, the science and math that it takes to beautifully record an amazing vocalist is the same math and science that it takes to broadcast a NASCAR race. The reason that CRAS stands head and shoulders above other Audio Recording Schools is that it prepares its’ students for the ENTIRE FIELD OF PROFESSIONAL AUDIO ENGINEERING!

Once our students gain this new set of “smarts/skills,” CRAS helps create their route to success through our 280 hour Internship program, where exiting students choose where they want to start their “audio life,” and, most importantly, in what “discipline” they want to first venture into.

YOU might find it hard to believe, but people like YOU, EVERYDAY, join CRAS and are working in the Audio world within a year’s time. Now… can YOU imagine living your passions in Audio Engineering? What does it look like? Does it look like this? www.cras.edu If you’re still reading this, then CRAS is sure that your future in Audio Engineering starts here! We’re ready to connect you to that DREAM, so contact us NOW at (800)562-6383.

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In only 11 months, you’ll learn all 5 focuses of the recording arts at CRAS

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Pro Tools the Ultimate Digital Audio Workstation (DAW)

Pro Tools the Ultimate Digital Audio Workstation (DAW)

March 21, 2019

Capture. Contour. Edit. Combine. Collaborate. These are just a few of the words that we use to describe the process of dealing with audio, at the professional level.

Historically, the “sounds” we’ve heard were captured in the traditional environment of a large recording space, connected to a control room with tons of equipment, that allowed Audio Engineers to commit those sounds to an analog tape recorder, and played back, repeatedly, until the client was satisfied with the sonic result. That “result” may have been a song on an upcoming record, the score for a certain scene of a theatrical release, pre-recorded audio for television broadcast, and maybe even the sounds of footsteps in a creepy scene of a movie.

Although that romantic notion of being in that kind of “environment” still exists in large scale, the times have changed, and technology has made massive progress in the ease of dealing with professional audio, from the convenience of your personal computing device, like your computer… and, even your phone! That’s right, it is possible to be an audio professional in today’s day and age, if you’re using the “right tools.”

The modern day has allowed us the use of Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs). While there is still time and place for the large recording studio, with all the “big gear,” DAWs have become a go-to for the Audio Engineering world. Working Audio Engineers, alongside utilizing their know-how of the “classic gear, have adopted DAWs so that “work” can continuously be done without amassing huge studio costs. Imagine how cool it is to be able to take a project that you’ve been working on, and be able to edit vocals while you’re on a flight, or “chop” up a guitar performance to make it unique, or making sure the tv commercial’s audio is only as long as what the client has paid for! Such a COOL WORLD for Audio Engineers!

The DAW that has become the sweeping choice amongst Audio Engineers is ProTools. Throughout its many versions, ProTools has become one of those “big gear” devices. Living in Professional Audio, ProTools has become a constant in the studio, and has proliferated all other aspects of Audio Engineering.

ProTools is, for the most part, an “all-in-one.” It is a “console,” in that you can route your signal any which way you can imagine. It is your “recorder,” where you capture/playback your committed audio. It’s you “editor,” where you can chop up your performance to your client’s content. It is your “manipulator,” where you can access TONS of plug-ins (Dynamic Processors, FX Processors) to get experimental with your sounds. It’s your “distributor,” so you can send these “audio files” around the world at a moment’s notice through the internet!

Even so, the “user” has to have a strong background/understanding of what “real” Audio Engineering is. You must know about MICROPHONES and POLAR PATTERNS, in order to capture sounds accurately. You must understand how to “route” signal, so that you can move your audio fluidly from device to device. You must understand Dynamics/FX Processing, in order to get all your combined sounds to sound like an “result,” not just a collection of sounds. The list of things you must “know” is massive, and only an INCREDIBLE education will get you there.

The Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences (CRAS) is a longstanding tradition in education, that specializes in turning STUDENTS into Audio Engineers. In 36 weeks, CRAS trains students in the entire width of the Professional Audio Engineering world. In each of its’ 5 Disciplines (Record Production, Live Sound Reinforcement, Post Production, Video Game Audio, and Broadcast Audio), students learn the virtue of working with all stages of technology, so as to become the candidate that enters the employment field with a “yes, I am trained to do this job” mindset.

As well as learning all of the “big gear,” CRAS students are immersed in ProTools, and can achieve up to 6 ProTools Certification, which tells the industry that not only are YOU capable of doing the work, YOU ARE READY TO DO THE WORK! The Audio Industry has concluded that a CRAS education (especially with the ProTools training) creates the most viable employees, post-education. For this reason, CRAS celebrates the opportunity of taking people just like you and training them so that they can take their PASSION in Audio, combine it with their new-found knowledge/ability, and LIVE OUT LOUD with a career in Professional Audio!

We’re ready to help YOU LIVE OUT LOUD! Connect with CRAS, so that we can CONNECT YOU TO YOUR DREAM IN AUDIO ENGINEERING! Reach us cras.edu or at (800)562-6383

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CRAS Stands by Virginia Foxx’s Sentiments of Weight of Words in the Education space.

CRAS Stands by Virginia Foxx’s Sentiments of Weight of Words in the Education space.

January 16, 2019

Moved by the Op-Ed that Virginia Foxx (R, North Carolina’s Fifth Congressional District) wrote for The Wall Street Journal, I would love to take the opportunity to lend support to her point of view and help substantiate “how often misused words generate misleading thoughts.” Please take a moment to read it for yourself:

I know how it feels to be the only woman in a room of powerful men. I also know how it feels to be tuned out because of how I look or where I’m from. For these reasons I’m sympathetic to those who are passionate about changing culture for the better by promoting “inclusive” language. But the focus on inclusivity hasn’t extended to the way we talk about education.

Education has always been the key to opportunity in America, rightly called “the great equalizer.” But the sociologist Herbert Spencer once noted “how often misused words generate misleading thoughts.” By placing descriptors like “vocational” and “technical” in front of the word “education,” we generate misleading thoughts about the types of people who enroll in such programs.

Those who earn what people usually call vocational and technical degrees have long been viewed as inferior to those who graduate with a series of letters after their names. If you went to school to learn a trade, you must be lesser, because someone long ago decided that college should be called “higher” education. Considering the state of colleges and universities today, the word “higher” may be the most misleading of them all.

The way we speak about education is inherently classist. When a student of lesser means attends a traditional four-year school, we say she “overcame her circumstances.” When a student from a wealthy background chooses a trade school, we say he didn’t “live up to expectations.” We are all but telling people that the trade jobs this country needs are dirty, and that skills-based education is for people without means or, much worse, without potential. We have perpetuated the idea that baccalaureate degrees and desk jobs are for middle-class and affluent people; community college and technical pursuits are for the poor.

I ended up with a series of abbreviations after my name because I wanted to teach. One of the few lessons that stuck with me from all the courses I took on the way to earning my Ed.D. came during a classroom discussion that sparked my passion for changing the way we talk about education. I’ll never forget how the professor responded to a student who used the word “training.” Training, the professor admonished, was for animals. Humans receive an education.

We can’t keep speaking of people as if they are animals. Whether an individual acquires a skill credential, a bachelor’s degree, a postgraduate degree or anything in between, it’s all education. We need to think about the words we use and why we use them if we are to break the stigma around all forms of education. If we don’t, we will never overcome the abiding sense of inequality and unfairness that so many Americans feel.

Individual potential transcends all demographics. It’s time that we speak honestly about the educational paths we set for Americans—and the paths they should be commended for choosing for themselves.

Ms. Foxx, a Republican, represents North Carolina’s Fifth Congressional District.

As Ms. Foxx stated, there are many words commonly used in “higher education.” I’d like to focus on EDUCATE vs. EDIFY. Taken from Merriam-Webster:

English Language Learners Definition of edify
: to teach (someone) in a way that improves the mind or character

English Language Learners Definition of educate
: to teach (someone) especially in a school, college, or university
: to give (someone) information about something: to train (someone) to do something

Please allow me a moment to describe these words, based on my experience in “higher education.”

I wear many hats in my life, as many of us do: Father, Friend, Employee, Musician, Audio Engineer, Artist, Writer, and Director of Admissions at The Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences (CRAS). Of all of those hats, I believe that my responsibility in life is to help change the lives of others in the most positive way possible, by imparting new knowledge in such a fashion that the newly “learned” information can be taken beyond my experience by the student, and that the newly “learned” information can enhance their lives in unimaginable ways.

The Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences is a “trade and technical” school. We are a “skills based” educational facility that is nationally accredited, affords Federal Aid to those that are eligible, and that requires a 280-hour internship as a graduation requirement. Those few words, however, could not possibly encompass what CRAS has been for thousands of students for the last 30+ years. Here’s a little insight as to what CRAS is:

CRAS specializes in Professional Audio Engineering. While most consider a route towards this type of specialty by way of “music production,” CRAS focuses on the entire width of the Audio Industry: Music Production, Live Sound Reinforcement, Post Production, Video Game Audio, and Broadcast Audio. Our students undergo a 36 week “in-house” experience, and, near the end of their time with CRAS, develop a life-plan with their Internship Coordinator to help guide them to the city of their choice to start their careers in the production facility of their choice.

CRAS students gain knowledge base by solely taking “focused” classes, four hours a day, 5 day a week. Truly, it is very much like drinking water out of a firehose. CRAS focuses only on Professional Audio Engineering. There are no mathematics courses, although there is plenty of “applied math” that our students tend to do well with, in that the “math” is based on their interests. There are no humanities or social studies courses, as CRAS professes to our students how to go about “life-ing” in our industry. Yes, “life-ing,” not “living.”

CRAS’ curriculum is taught by passionate award-winning working professionals in the field. As CRAS is a “selective enrollment” institution, we are careful to enroll only those that are “cut from our cloth,” whose goals align with ours, and have the prudence to accomplish their goals of “life-ing” in the world of Audio Engineering. We pride ourselves in the “Conservatory” part of our title, as we believe that a “conservatory” is a place of preservation for a given art form. Our art form is Audio Engineering.

Like most don’t appreciate the ability of a welder, mechanic, concrete worker, electrician, plumber, few rationalize their everyday needs for “sound.” Every concert, every song, every movie, every podcast, every hotel convention, every cruise ship, every video game, every sporting event, every television show… there’s sound. And for every sound that we hear, CRAS has given the ability to thousands of students to be able to get those sounds into the consumer’s ears. That’s what CRAS does. Excellently.

You’ll notice that up to this point, I have strategically chosen to not use the words “educate” and “education.” According to me, there is a poignant reason as to why I chose to not use those words. In my 25 years with CRAS, we do not EDUCATE… CRAS EDIFIES.

There is a delicate difference between those two words. While it is true that both words are used to describe the imparting of knowledge, EDUCATING, at best, allows the student to gain new knowledge. To EDIFY, however, is to impart new knowledge in such a fashion that ability and confidence are instilled in the student, which allows them to enter the industry in positive life-changing ways. To EDUCATE is to “give” new information. To EDIFY is to prove how the new knowledge will carry the student to the next positive advancement of their life.

To agree with Virgina Foxx, CRAS does not “train” our students. We, in fact, nurture the passions of our students, edify each of them, life-plan them, and propel them into the “working” side of Professional Audio, that may consist of being a Recording Engineer working with musical artists, becoming an A-1 Broadcast Engineering thrusting the sound of NASCAR through your home audio system, working for toy companies creating sounds for next year’s hottest Christmas presents, designing the sonic space of your next luxury SUV, being responsible for the sound implementation of that movie that you can just watch over and over again. Truly, CRAS students are “industry prepared” with “certifications” in 36 weeks, without having to take on a mountain of debt, like the tradition “university” experience.

While I agree that an education is paramount in today’s world, I have seen the fruits our labors and have truly understood that not all are “university” candidates. The word “university” was intended to be an “educational institution” that should leave the student “worldly,” with a newfound knowledge base of linguistics, mathematics, politics, and humanities, alongside their “profession” choice, allowing them to have conversational skills at a gala, while wearing top hats and spinning parasols. The world has changed, and so has the academic needs of the incoming student.

I can attest to the fact that “skills based” schooling has positively benefitted the lives of thousands of CRAS graduates. Their lives were enhanced by their edification from CRAS, not their “training,” in that our art form constantly evolves with technology but is still deeply rooted in the history of the trade. That kind of preparation is not something one can be “trained” for. The “quickly assess all probabilities of the equipment/environment and make sound from science” is not a “train-able” thing. Honestly, it’s not even a “thing” that an “education” can provide. It’s the kind of “thing” that only a “skills based” edification can provide. We, at CRAS, stand by Ms. Foxx’s sentiments, and pride ourselves deeply in being able to make available the kind of “learning” facility that allows our students to work in their passions, in less than a year’s time.

While I agree that this is long-winded, it really is about the “weight of words,” and the discoloration of the truth of those words. Educate is different than edify. Training is not either.

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How to Become a Master Sound Engineer

How to Become a Master Sound Engineer

January 9, 2019

Why Sound Engineering Schools?

If ever there were two words whose meanings have been blurred, in the Audio World, it’s MIXING and MASTERING. Most “listeners” don’t truly concern themselves about the process, rather they just enjoy the music coming out of their speakers. For that matter, this process of MIXING and MASTERING happens in all disciplines of Audio (Music Production, Video Game Audio, Post Production, Live Sound Reinforcement, and Broadcast Audio), but it is typically “invisible” to the listener. However, there are a few exceptional “listeners” that find themselves wanting to pursue their passion in music (or sound), and do not realize that they might be misusing the terms that truly represent MIXING and MASTERING

Music Production Sound Engineering

Although MIXING and MASTERING happens in all disciplines, let’s focus on Music Production to accurately define the terms.

Since most consumers are never part of the entire process of “making a record,” but trust me when I tell you, it’s quite the process! Imagine this: An Artist has created/written s song and wants to record it so that they can distribute the song to their fans (and hopefully gain new fans!). If they are a notable Artist, they’ll contact their Producer, and set the wheels in motion. The Producer will listen to the song and piece together a plan of action, which might include: booking a studio, booking musicians, enlisting the help of an Audio Engineer, and making sure that there’s enough time and talent to make it all happen.

The day finally arrives, and the “recording” of the song happens! Each instrument is recorded discretely, so that each sound is captured PERFECTLY. Yes, all those microphones around the drum set… EACH of those microphones are captured individually so that the Audio Engineer can “balance” them, according to the song’s needs. If you’ve ever seen videos of Artists in the studio, you will have seen that incredible device with all those faders, knobs, and buttons on it… That’s a CONSOLE (sometimes referred to as a MIXER.) Anyway, each of those faders is responsible for controlling the volume of each of the sounds that were captured in the recording process. So, if the Audio Engineer used 16 microphones on the drum set, there will me as many faders on the CONSOLE being used to control the balance of the drum set’s sound! Crazy, right?! Now, keep adding to the equation by adding more instruments… Guitars, Vocals, horns, keyboards, synths, drum machines… this can get “wide” very quickly, if you can imagine that each of these sounds will occupy more space on the console, as more sounds are recorded.

Sound Engineer Mixing

Now, let’s chat about the MIXING process! When the recording has all been done, and every sound committed to the recorder is EXACTLY what the Artist and the Producer need, the Audio Engineer will step in and MIX the song, so that it sounds like a SONG, and not a COLLECTION OF SOUNDS! It a delicate process that can take hours/days, adding EQ, trying out effects like ECHO and REVERB on choice sounds, manipulating the dynamics of each sound with COMPRESSORS and NOISE GATES. All of this is done, so that the consumer can lean back and enjoy the “song,” without thinking to themselves that “the vocal is too loud,” or that “the snare drum sounds wrong for this song.” So, that’s the MIXING process. But wait… there’s more!

Now let’s assume that the Artist recorded many songs in the span of a few weeks, in different studios, with different musicians, and different personnel. Each of those songs has to get MIXED so that they sound the best they can, right? Isn’t it fair to say, though, that each of these songs will have different characteristics? Maybe one song is a BANGER with thunderous bass, and enough energy to force you to get up and dance, where another song is a tear-jerking ballad. Each of those songs would have their own dynamic, right? One of them must be LOUDER than the other, right?

So, here we are with 12 different songs recorded at different times with almost no continuity from one song to the next. These MIXED songs are then collected and placed onto a deliverable format, like a CD or a “file” distributed via internet and handed to a MASTERING ENGINEER.

Like an art exhibit, everyone “piece” is carefully curated so that the entire “collection” can be presented in its most professional form. The MASTERING Sound ENGINEER takes each song, studies them, places them in “listening order,” and creates a “sonic thread” that ties all these different songs together, so that it sounds like an “album,” not a collection of songs. This is a very different sensibility in Audio Engineering, since this Audio Engineer does not have access to “individual sounds,” so he can’t make the “vocal louder,” or “tuck the snare drum back a bit.” Literally, The MASTERING ENGINEER just must deal with what he’s been dealt! Crazy, right?!

Today’s misuse of the words MIXING, and MASTERING have been derived from the “modern world,” where fledgling Artists are attempting to make HUGE records in their own spaces, because they don’t have access to the resources that TOP-LEVEL Artists have. They find themselves utilizing Digital Audio Workstations (DAW) to help make the “beat,” and pulling from almost endless libraries of pre-recorded sounds that help them make up the “musical” part of the song. They seldom must set up microphones to records sounds, other than a vocalist. In that example, they don’t have a lot of choice but to simply deal with the sounds they have access to, and the limitations of the equipment they have access to. They find themselves quickly using these “pre-formed” building blocks to get them to their musical intent. Their version of MIXING has become finding the sounds that “mix” well together. As well, their version of MASTERING, is what we earlier referred to as MIXING.

To cast away the misconceptions of these words, and EVERYTHING ELSE AUDIO, The Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences (CRAS) has developed a recipe for success, for those that have chosen the passionate life of Audio Engineering. For 30+ years, CRAS has been the launch-pad for thousands of Graduates that are working in all level and disciplines of the Audio Industry! In 36 weeks, CRAS can provide YOU with a world-class education, leaving YOU with a proven “work NOW” readiness, attributed to its’ 13 Studios, award winning Instructors, “hands on” approach, and the 280 Hour Internship required for Graduation!

Stop DREAMING about it… Turn your DREAM into YOUR TODAY! We’re ready to connect you to that reality, so contact us at CRAS.edu or at (800)562-6383.

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Learn Why CRAS is one of the Best Audio Production Schools

Learn Why CRAS is one of the Best Audio Production Schools

November 29, 2018

Audio Production is an often-misunderstood phrase. While most quickly assume that these words mean the “making” of music, the reality is that these words are more of an “umbrella” for all the efforts that go into a finished product.

CRAS Audio Engineering Magic

Audio Production is an often-misunderstood phrase. While most quickly assume that these words mean the “making” of music, the reality is that these words are more of an “umbrella” for all the efforts that go into a finished product.

There is so much more to “audio” than merely music. It’s everywhere around us. Every Video Game, every movie, every concert, every live stream, every record, every television show… there are scores of experts dealing with the audio side of the event. Oh, the things we take for granted…

Most consumers don’t put a lot of thought into how they’re actually “listening” to what they’re hearing. If it’s a favorite song of theirs, they assume that the artist(s) must have entered a recording studio, the lights must have dimmed, and moments later “the song” was born of sheer magic.

When a movie is being viewed, we try to wrap our heads around the story, but fail to realize that the sound effects, and musical orchestration, evokes the emotion that the viewer must live through, in order to convey the atmosphere that the movie-makers originally envisioned.

In watching a sporting event on tv, we fail to rationalize how we HEARD the swoosh of the basketball passing through the net, or that the sounds must match the visuals that are being passed from one camera to another.

I’d bet you don’t think about the two different concerts that are happening at once, when you go see an artist perform live. That’s right… there’s a team of experts controlling the sound for the audience, and another team controlling the sound on stage, so that the artists can hear themselves over the roar of the crowd.

When you can hear the character’s heartbeat, after a massive battle, in the video game you’re playing, again we assume that it all must’ve been done with some kind of magic.

In the brave new world of internet streaming, the consumer loves being part of the “now,” but doesn’t put too much thought into how they’re hearing what they’re hearing, or how they’re going to be heard.

See, none of it is magic. It’s science! The same kind of technical ability that it takes to record a vocal performance for a hit record, is the same science it takes to get that heartbeat to be heard in a video game, or to be able to hear that basketball’s swoosh, and so on, and so on.

Those experts are known as Audio Engineers and are the reason that you and I hear audio EVERYWHERE we go.

Audio Engineers become experts by studying their craft, and by getting the kind of education that will give them credibility when they enter the employment pool.

The Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences (CRAS) is an educational facility that focuses on the passion of being able to passionately “do” audio. While the education is immersive, for 30+ years CRAS has developed the recipe that the Audio Industry takes very seriously, allowing students to learn the craft that WE ARE ALL DEPENDENT ON, when it comes to SOUND! For the fact that every disciple of audio is covered (Music Production, Live Sound Reinforcement, Post Production, Broadcast Audio, and Video Game Audio), CRAS students find themselves in a unique situation where their newfound knowledge can lead them to new and exciting adventures across the ENTIRE WIDTH of the industry. More so, CRAS students are “work ready” in 36 weeks and are recognized in the industry as a “now ready” candidate for employment. To help bridge the gap between finishing their on-site education and their employment opportunities, CRAS provides an Internship at one of over 3,000 top tier facilities across the United States, as a graduation requirement.

Yes, in 36 weeks, YOU can start being the “magic” that others just don’t understand, and start living YOUR DREAM of working with SOUND, EVERY DAY AND EVERY WHERE!!!

For more information, please contact CRAS at (800)562-6383, or at CRAS.edu, so that we can connect you from where you are to WHERE YOU NEED TO BE!

About the Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences

Based in the heart of The Valley of the Sun with two campuses in Gilbert and Tempe, Ariz., The Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences (CRAS) is one of the country’s institutions for audio education. The Conservatory has developed a unique and highly effective way to help the future audio professional launch their careers in the recording industry and other related professional audio categories.

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CRAS Students Train with Live FOX SPORTS Audio/Video Feed During Arizona Diamondbacks Games

CRAS Students Train with Live FOX SPORTS Audio/Video Feed During Arizona Diamondbacks Games

September 5, 2018

CRAS students at a Dbacks game

The Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences (CRAS; www.cras.edu), an institution for audio engineering education, is proud to announce that its students recently had the opportunity to practice mixing live audio and video feeds from FOX SPORTS in the school’s 42-ft. remote-production mobile broadcast trailer during a three-game Arizona Diamondbacks home stand versus the Seattle Mariners Aug. 24-26 at Chase Field in Phoenix, Ariz.

“Our students received the raw feed from FOX and were provided the opportunity to train in our state-of-the-art 42-foot mobile broadcast trailer,” said Kirt Hamm, CRAS administrator. “The feeds included all the behind-the-scenes audio discussions and directions between the directors, broadcast crews, producers, engineers, and videographers. With all the background streaming in simultaneously, our students had the opportunity to experience what a broadcast is really like and to practice mixing the audio and follow directions amid the chaos of a live broadcast. This opportunity was devised to boost potential careers in broadcast audio in a real-world setting.”

The CRAS 42-ft. remote-production mobile broadcast trailer was located adjacent to the Mobile TV Group–MTVG HDX-31 truck on the broadcast pad at Chase Field. Fred Domenigoni, freelance senior audio engineer for FOX SPORTS ARIZONA, assisted CRAS staff with the help from Mobile TV Group engineers.

“I’ve worked alongside the great people at the Conservatory for five years, and the in-the-field training offered to their students is a great way for them to learn how live broadcast works in real time,” said Domenigoni, “There are a lot of moving parts in a live sports broadcast situation, and you have to be ready for anything because there are no do-overs. These CRAS students get the fit and feel from industry professionals who are working the games. It’s a tremendous advantage for them so they know what to expect when they graduate and make careers of their own in our field. I can’t personally thank the D’Backs, FOX SPORTS ARIZONA, and the folks at CRAS enough for allowing me this opportunity to help give this real-world training.”

According to Domenigoni, this is the sixth season of bringing students into a live event with the D’Backs at Chase Field. He explained that his crew sends several video sources, including a camera mounted over his desk, and approximately 60 channels of broadcast audio for the students to utilize live in the school’s mobile unit. CRAS also records these sources for use in the classroom environment.

“Many CRAS students who are participating in their post school graduate intern program have come out to other sporting events I work on, such as for Pac-12 Network, ESPN, and others,” Domenigoni continued. “I usually send them out with one of my assistants of the day to learn the setup and connections required for a live sporting event. There is no set way to mix but keeping it as simple as you can will help you get through the very short setup times on these one-day set-shoot-strike events.”

The Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences is composed of two nearby campuses in Gilbert and Tempe, Ariz. A CRAS education includes Broadcast Audio, Live Sound, Audio Post for Film and TV, Music Production, Commercial Production and Video Game Audio, all taught by award-winning instructors who have excelled in their individual fields. CRAS’ structured programs and highly qualified teaching staff provide a professional and supportive atmosphere, which is complemented by its small class sizes allowing for individual instruction and assistance for students in engineering audio recordings. For over three decades, CRAS has set the standard in Audio Engineering Education, and is continuously seeking avenues that will keep with the spirit of constantly seeking to raise the bar. The curriculum and equipment are constantly being updated to keep pace with the rapid advancements in the music and sound recording industries. CRAS’ course offerings and subject matter have always centered around the skills and knowledge necessary for students’ success in the audio recording industries.

“My goal is to give students a firsthand look at how a sports broadcast is put together and executed,” explained Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame member and FOX Sports senior mixer and consultant, Fred Aldous, who also assisted CRAS staff during the series. “Once again through the generosity of FOX Sports Arizona and the Arizona Diamondbacks we have been given privileged access to park our mobile unit alongside the actual working production of this home stand against the Seattle Mariners. We can give the students a hands-on experience of mixing a live, real time production without compromising and on-air product.”

Aldous explained that they take the audio feeds from the Diamondbacks production truck, which includes all microphones from around the field and announce booth, a handful of cameras as well as the producer and director audio feeds. “We will take the students around the ballpark to let them see where all of the microphones are placed, why that particular location was chosen, and what sounds the will capture,” he explained. “They are given the opportunity to play announcer as we have been given access to our own announce booth where we will set up announce headsets and comms that emulate what the Diamondbacks announce team will be using on the broadcast. It truly is a real-world experience. We want to thank FOX Sports Arizona and especially Scott Geyer of the Arizona Diamondbacks for their partnership and willingness to promote education in a broadcast environment.”

The 11-month program is designed to allow every student access to learn and train in all the Conservatory’s studios which are comprised with state-of-the-art audio recording and mixing gear, the same equipment used in today’s finest studios and remote broadcast facilities, including Dolby Atmos, Pro Tools 12, API Legacy consoles, Avid S6 console, SSL AWS consoles, Studer Vista consoles, and much more. All students must complete a 280-hour industry internship to graduate from the Master Recording Program II that may ultimately lead to industry employment.

For more information on the Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences, please visit www.cras.edu, contact Kirt Hamm, administrator, at 1-866-757-3059, or email to info@cras.edu.

About the Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences

Based in the heart of The Valley of the Sun with two campuses in Gilbert and Tempe, Ariz., The Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences (CRAS) is one of the country’s institutions for audio education. The Conservatory has developed a unique and highly effective way to help the future audio professional launch their careers in the recording industry and other related professional audio categories.

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How an Education and Internship Experience Can Turn You into an Expert

How an Education and Internship Experience Can Turn You into an Expert

August 22, 2018

As a “regular person,” there is so much that we take for granted, as far as education is concerned. We go through our days expecting that those we trust to our homes, our health, our vehicles, and our education are EXPERTS in their field. Every home we walk through, we assume that it must have been built well, by EXPERT craftsmen. Every visit to the doctor, we expect that their title carries it with the kind of EXPERTISE that will keep us happy and healthy. Every vehicle repair, we never really question their ABILITY, and suspect that it all must be fine. These expectations of expertise surround us daily, however, we never consider the EDUCATION of these EXPERTS, and how they took their new knowledge and made their way to the “expert level.”

In today’s world, EDUCATION is CRITICAL. If you really want to rise to the level of your DREAMS, you’ll have to gain the kind of knowledge it takes to be taken seriously in that field, and hat all starts with a proper EDUCATION. In your search for the “right” education, there are many things that you will need to take into consideration. Is this educational facility State licensed and Nationally Accredited? Does this educational facility have an excellent reputation in your chosen field? Will this educational facility foster and nurture your goals? Is an education at this facility TRULY the launch pad you need to spring from, to reach your goals? Will you have the opportunity of “touching” your education with a “hands on” approach to learning? Does this educational facility make part of their “success criteria” an INTERNSHIP/EXTERNSHIP?

The choices in education are vast. REMOTE learning is the essence of “online training,” and while it may convenience your life to take courses like these, the ability of “making real,” and “touching” the education are miniscule, because there is little-to-no application of the newfound knowledge. ON-SITE courses lend themselves to student-instructor interaction and networking with others either working in your chosen field or looking to.

The Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences (CRAS) is an educational facility whose EXPERTISE is Professional Audio, amongst all disciplines of audio, within 13 World Class Studios:

  • Music Production
  • Video Game Audio
  • Live Sound Reinforcement
  • Post Production
  • Broadcast Audio

At CRAS, each student receives a Laptop Recording Package that lends to the ONLINE philosophy of education, but it’s more of a “ok, now that we’ve studied this topic as a class, and now that we’ve placed our hands on the material, take the opportunity to keep studying the information, so that we are all more prepared for tomorrow’s information.” Each student also receives a microphone, an audio interface, and a bevy of Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) software, so that they can continuously “touch their education,” and are “session ready” at a moment’s notice.

Best Internship Programs

For over 30 years, CRAS has upheld their mission statement: to train students for entry-level positions as Audio Engineers in the Audio Production Industry. The way that CRAS has provided this route of success for its Alumni is this: Industry Level Education at the Speed of the Industry. However, where CRAS’ excellence really shines is the INTERNSHIP program. Each student, beyond their 36 weeks of immersive ON-SITE training will move into this tier of CRAS’ program, and with the help of their Internship Coordinator, will make their way to a production facility of their choice, in a city of their choosing, and will make use of CRAS’ continuously growing network of 3,000+ facilities across the United States  that have come to expect excellent student that will turn into excellent employees. Check out this map of Internship sites.

At these Internship facilities, CRAS students get the opportunity to put into effect their new knowledge and turn them into SKILLS. If you’re excited about what you’ve read up to this point, check this out.

Like you would hope that a Doctor has successfully completed their Internship, to be recognized as a capable provider, CRAS students make the 280-hour Internship component of the program mandatory, so that the student is constantly making strides towards becoming the EXPERT in their field. Think about that… 280 hours. There are other educational facilities that have “slim hour” internships, in the vicinity of 10 to 40 hours, but how much “can I trust this person with the keys to our facility” could possibly be instilled in such a short amount of time from the prospective employer? Take a listen to what Candace Stewart from East West Studios has to say about CRAS students:

In the 280 hour Internship, CRAS students get to soak up the culture of the Audio Industry, by learning from Industry professionals that are highly regarded in their own disciplines. Many CRAS students work shoulder-to-shoulder with legendary artists and producers daily. How did they get to that point, you ask? Easy, their educational pedigree got them noticed when they entered the “Minor League” of Professional Audio. Yes, CRAS’ reputation for excellence precedes our students as they enter the field, and, because of that, our students rise quickly to great heights!

CRAS diligently seeks new avenues for Internship sites for our students. CRAS is deeply affiliated with Internship sites that are spread throughout all disciplines, from going on tour with major acts, to sound design for video games, to mixing records for artists, to broadcasting television shows, to voice over work for movies! CRAS is so deeply embedded in the Industry that Production Facilities of all kinds are constantly reaching out to us to help build their in-house workforce with excellent students! A REAL-WORLD EDUCATION THAT LEADS TO A REAL WORLD INTERNSHIP THAT LEADS TO LIVING A REAL DREAM IN PROFESSIONAL AUDIO! Not bad, right?!

After 30+ years of aligning students with the “right education,” and the right route to their desires, CRAS prides itself in maintaining Internships that are POSITIVE for the student, so that they can continuously find “education” during their Internship. We focus very deeply on procuring Internships that allow the student to shine and thrive in this Industry, not “Intern factories” that rifle students through, and have no stake in the student’s successes. Should CRAS come across and Internship facility that does not meet our high standards, or that do not help propagate the art form of Audio Engineering, that facility will be “black-listed,” as they serve no purpose in helping students achieve their DREAMS.

So, know this… studying is not enough. You must have the ability of learning what the Industry was/is/will be, studying that information, but the important part is to be given the chance to make it all “real,” and CRAS does that with YOUR INTERNSHIP. So, when YOU are ready to LIVE YOUR DREAM, contact us online, or call us at (800)562-6383.

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