Frankie Ballard Visits CRAS!


CRAS graduate Logan H. is the touring Front of House mixer for the Frankie Ballard band! They spent all day Monday, August 24th with us. They were kind enough to share some of their experiences as a touring band with us, and Logan himself tells us about some of his experiences in a short interview here:


CRAS Grad Logan H. routing signal

The band is on a national tour and will be stopping in Phoenix on their way to Texas. We invited them to use our Live Sound Venue this past Monday for rehearsal. They spent all day in the Live Sound room, practicing tunes and letting CRAS staff and students get a behind the scenes experience on what it takes to set up for a major musical event.

CRAS Live Sound Event

Frankie Ballard band tour bus and the CRAS MBU

This was an excellent opportunity for all of our students to speak to Logan and gain perspective about touring and the industry, as well as an opportunity to meet the band and experience everything involved in setting up and tearing down a major concert… And don’t forget the music!

CRAS Grads

CRAS Students Learning from CRAS Grads

Frankie Ballard are currently opening for Florida Georgia line. “Young and Crazy” is their big hit currently on the radio. Here is the link to Frankie Ballard’s website!

CRAS Presents Frankie Ballard

Frankie Ballard Sound Check

CRAS Receives ACCSC School of Excellence Award!


We were recently notified that CRAS has again received the ACCSC School of Excellence Award, recognizing us for our commitment to the expectations and rigors of ACCSC accreditation, as well as efforts in maintaining high-levels of achievement among their students.

Accreditation is important because it shows that CRAS has been reviewed by an official third-party commission, and they have found our program, certifications and educational practices are not only acceptable, but in this case most excellent!

In total, CRAS has received:
2005 – ACCSC School of Distinction
2008-2009 – ACCSC School of Excellence Award
2014-2015  – ACCSC School of Excellence Award

CRAS Gear Expo 2015

Sound Check in Studio B

Sound Check in Studio B

On August 1st, 2015, the Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences (CRAS) hosted Gear Expo at our Gilbert, Arizona location. This event was an opportunity for Phoenix-area industry professionals to have a chance to see the latest and greatest gear being presented by manufacturers, without having to travel long distances for a convention or expo. Local studios and companies, as well as CRAS students and graduates, attended Saturday’s event.

Grad Panel | CRAS Career Advice July 2015


Outside of class hours at CRAS, the staff and faculty try to expose our students to the real world of audio.  Each year we have our AES chapter host at least 3 CRAS Graduate panels, where our grads get to share their post-CRAS experiences with our current students. This month we have James Alire, Rory Rositas, Joseph Savalle and Andy Colquhoun.

These discussions typically focus on providing educational tales from our grad’s experience in their careers, as well as any advice that they wish they had as a student or aspiring engineer. As educators, we find that nothing resonates better with our students than hearing the experiences and reality from our graduates.  The panel usually lasts about two hours, with the last half hour being open to a Question & Answer session.

CRAS sends their “Live at CRAS!” Broadcast Across the Pond

CRAS sends their “Live at CRAS!” Broadcast Across the Pond

Last week’s broadcast was extremely special…“Live at CRAS!” was “broadcast” across the pond to London, England, where our international student Theresa’s family was able to see her participate in class back in Gilbert, Arizona.

Live Broadcast