CRAS Graduates Worked on 30 Grammy Award Winners

In Total, CRAS Grads Worked on 125 GRAMMY-Nominated Albums & Songs Across 35 Categories

Gilbert, Ariz., April 1, 2024 – The awards and accolades keep piling up for CRAS graduates.

The Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences is proud to announce that CRAS graduates worked on 30 GRAMMY award winners, announced during the 66th Annual GRAMMY Awards show, held recently at the Arena in Los Angeles. In total, CRAS grads worked on 125 GRAMMY-nominated albums and songs across 35 categories during the past year, and three of these grads were nominated for 11 GRAMMY Awards.

“This is incredible, and we could not be more proud of our graduates,” said Kirt Hamm, CRAS administrator. “We look forward to the GRAMMY Awards every year because there is always a list of our grads either nominated themselves or are a part of nominated songs, records, or albums, and this year is no different. Our CRAS representatives at this year’s GRAMMY Awards are a great inspiration to our soon-to-be grads that if they work hard and are resilient, they can achieve their dreams.”

Owen Lantz, an engineer, producer, and mixer based in Los Angeles and a 2019 CRAS graduate, had the honor of being included in three of boygenius’ six GRAMMY nominations for their project ‘the record’: Album of the Year, Record of the Year, and Best Engineered Album (Non-Classical).

“Having the opportunity to be a part of making the record and witnessing its journey since has truly been life-changing,” said Lantz. “As an engineer I’m so thankful for the inclusion by boygenius in this year’s nominations and festivities, not-to-mention the opportunity to help out on the project in the first place.”

Lantz added that the biggest skill CRAS taught him was how to visualize signal flow. “When you’re in larger sessions like these, you need to be quick on your feet. Being able to quickly visualize/label/route your room, and ensure that it flows with session changes, is essential. My biggest advice to CRAS students would be to take care of yourself, and don’t give up your integrity for anyone. Just be patient…it took years after the original sessions to see the recognition that the record gets now.”

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, film and TV audio, music, and video game audio, all taught by award-winning instructors who have all excelled in their individual fields, including sound reinforcement, audio recording and production, digital recording, troubleshooting/maintenance, and music business.

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. CRAS has been providing quality vocational training in audio recording for more than three decades. 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.

The 11-month program is designed to allow every student access to learn and train in all of 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 Pro Tools 12, API Legacy consoles, 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.

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